USC Men's Basketball Team To Face Arkansas In NCAA First Round

March 11, 2007

The 2007 USC men's basketball team (23-11 overall, 11-7 Pac-10), which tied for third in the Pac-10 standings and advanced to the championship of the Pac-10 tournament, will be making its first appearance in the NCAA tourney since 2002 when it faces Arkansas (21-13, 7-9 SEC) in a first round game at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena this Friday (March 16). Game time has yet to be determined.

The Trojans are seeded fifth in the East Region. If USC defeats the 12th-seeded Razorbacks, it would face the winner of the Texas-New Mexico State fourth/13th seed game on Sunday (March 18).

A public sale of tickets from the USC Ticket Office will begin on Tuesday if any tickets remain once USC donor ticket applications are filled. For more information, contact the USC Ticket Office at 213-740-4672.

This is USC's 13th NCAA tournament berth, where it has a 9-14 record. USC twice advanced to the NCAA's national semifinal game, in 1940 and 1954.

The Trojans, under second-year head coach Tim Floyd, are led by junior guard/forward Nick Young (17.4 ppg in 2007), junior guard Gabe Pruitt (12.6 ppg), senior guard Lodrick Stewart (14.0 ppg) and freshman forward Taj Gibson (11.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg). Young made the All-Pac-10 first team for the second consecutive year in 2007, while Pruitt was a first teamer in 2006. Stewart owns USC's career 3-point record. Gibson, who set the school freshman season standards for rebounds and blocks, made the 2007 Pac-10 All-Freshman first team.

This is Floyd's sixth visit to the NCAA tourney, as he previously went with New Orleans (1991 and 1993) and Iowa State (1995, 1996 and 1997).

USC, which is one victory shy of tying the school season mark for victories, holds a 2-0 all-time record versus Arkansas, with the wins coming on the road in 1967 and 1986.

Also competing in Spokane as part of the Midwest Region are Notre Dame versus Winthrop and Oregon versus Miami (Ohio).

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