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USC Men's Basketball Earns 6th Seed At NCAA Tournament, Faces Wichita State/Drake Winner

Mar 14, 2021

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LOS ANGELES — The USC men's basketball team has returned to the Big Dance.

The Trojans will make their 18th appearance at the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament via an at-large bid as the sixth seed in the West region. They will face the winner of Thursday's First Four matchup between 11-seeds Wichita State and Drake on Saturday in the First Round.

The NCAA Tournament — which returns for 2021 after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic — will be held between March 18 to April 5, with all games being hosted in Indiana.

USC (22-7, 15-5 Pac-12) last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and makes its third appearance under Andy Enfield, who was named the 2020-21 Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

The Trojans' 2020-21 roster features star big man Evan Mobley, who became the first ever to win the Pac-12's Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards in the same season. His ongoing accolades also include being named to the All-Pac-12 Tournament Team, the Wooden Award National Ballot, the 2021 NABC Player of the Year Watch List, a Naismith Trophy semifinalist, a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award semifinalist, a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award finalist and to the Pac-12 Media Preseason All-Conference First Team.

Mobley is joined on the roster by his older brother, sophomore Isaiah Mobley. The roster also features four seasoned grad transfers — All-Pac-12 Second Team guard Tahj Eaddy, Chevez Goodwin, Drew Peterson and Isaiah White — and returners Ethan Anderson, Max Agbonkpolo and Noah Baumann rounding out the rotation.