USC Men's Basketball Ranked 9th In Final USA Today Coaches Poll, Highest Finish Ever
The USC men's basketball team under the leadership of head coach Andy Enfield was ranked No. 9 in the final 2020-21 Coaches Poll which came out today (April 6), its highest-ever finish in the Coaches Poll.
USC went 25-8, which tied for the second-most wins in a single season in program history. The Trojans reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time in school history with wins over Drake (72-56), Kansas (85-51) and Oregon (82-68), before falling in the regional final to NCAA-runner-up Gonzaga (85-66). USC also finished 15-5 in the Pac-12 to finish second, percentage points behind Oregon who went 14-4.
The Trojans have won 20 or more games in five of the last six seasons and its 134 wins in that period are tied for the 15th-most among all of the schools in Power 6 basketball conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12) and the most in a six-year period in school history. Also, USC's 47 wins the last two seasons are only surpassed by 2021 champion Baylor's 54 wins and Kansas' 49 wins.
During the 2020-21 season Evan Mobley became the first player in Pac-12 history to be named Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season and only the second player ever from a major conference to achieve that feat, joining Anthony Davis of Kentucky (2012). Enfield was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the first Trojan head coach to be named the Conference's Coach of the Year since George Raveling in 1992. In addition, Mobley was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference first team and Tahj Eaddy was named to the second team. In the NCAA tournament, Evan Mobley and Isaiah Mobley were named to the West Region All-Tournament team.