USC Men's Basketball To Play In The 2021 Wooden Legacy In Anaheim
The USC men's basketball team, coming off an Elite Eight run during the 2020-21 season, will join Georgetown, San Diego State and Saint Joseph's in the four-team field for the 14th annual 2021 Paycom Wooden Legacy being held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. on Nov. 25 and 26, it was announced by its broadcast partner ESPN today (May 20).
USC went 25-8 during the 2020-21 season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight before falling to championship finalist and then undefeated Gonzaga. The Trojans also went 15-5 in Pac-12 play to finish second, percentage points behind Oregon (14-4) who it defeated in the regular season and in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Andy Enfield is the reigning Pac-12 Coach of the Year, the first Trojan head coach to win the award since George Raveling in 1992, and has guided USC to 47 wins the past two seasons, third among all teams from the six power conferences in basketball. The Trojans were ranked No. 9 in the final Coaches Poll of the season.
The strong field also includes NCAA Tournament teams from last season in Georgetown and San Diego State. Georgetown, led by head coach Patrick Ewing, won the Big East Tournament to automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament and San Diego State, under the leadership of head coach Brian Dutcher, finished the regular season ranked within the Top 25 and won it second consecutive Mountain West regular season title. Saint Joseph's won four of its last five games during the 2020-21 season and are led by head coach Billy Lange.
The four-team, two day Wooden Legacy tournament is switching to a new format this season, which had been a three-day event since its inception in 2007. USC won the inaugural Wooden Legacy tournament in 2007 by defeating Southern Illinois 7-45 in the final.
Ticket information and the matchups for the Wooden Legacy will be announced this summer.