Tuesday, July 31, 2007

2007-08 USC Men's Basketball Schedule

The schedule for one of the most anticipated hoops season in school history has been finalized. It's a 30 game regular season, featuring 12 non-conference games and the usual 18 game Pac-10 Conference schedule (double round-robin).

This is what the non-conference slate looks like, taken from Matthew Kredell's blog (where you can see the full schedule):

Oct. 28 Sunday Cardinal and Gold (Exhibition), Galen Center TBA
Nov. 10 Saturday vs. Mercer, Galen Center TBA
Nov. 15 Thursday at The Citadel, @Charleston, S.C. TBA
Nov. 17 Saturday at South Carolina, @Columbia, S.C. TBA
Nov. 22 Thursday vs. ^San Diego, @Anaheim, CA TBA
Nov. 23 Friday vs. ^South Alabama/Miami (OH), @ Anaheim, CA TBA
Nov. 25 Sunday vs. ^TBA, @Anaheim, CA TBA
Nov. 29 Thursday vs. Oklahoma, Galen Center TBA (Pac-10/Big 12 Classic)
Dec. 2 Sunday vs. Kansas, Galen Center 11:00 A.M.
Dec. 4 Tuesday vs. Memphis, @New York, NY TBA (Jimmy V Classic, Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 8 Saturday vs. Fresno Pacific (Exhibition), Galen Center TBA
Dec. 17 Monday vs. Delaware State, Galen Center TBA
Dec. 22 Saturday vs. Cal Poly, Galen Center TBA
Dec. 29 Saturday vs. UC Riverside, Galen Center TBA

^ Anaheim Tournament
Home Games are in Cardinal boldface

The Trojans begin Pac-10 play on January 3, 2008.

We will preview the basketball season in a few weeks (once the football season gets underway), but for now I just want to make a couple of comments on the schedule. USC fans will get their first glimpse of the new-look Trojans in what looks to be an intra-squad scrimmage on October 28th at the Galen Center. Then, get ready for the roof to explode when O.J. Mayo makes his debut on November 10th in USC's season opener against Mercer University.

Be sure to make it to both of those contests because USC doesn't return to the Galen Center until November 29th. The week after Thanksgiving, which also happens to be Troy Week, should be really special. Thursday (11/29) USC hosts Oklahoma in the inaugural Pac-10/Big 12 Classic, Saturday (12/1) the USC football team will get revenge on fucla, and then back to hoops on Sunday (12/2) as USC hosts Kansas. Then it's off to New York for the Jimmy V Classic where the Trojans will take on the Memphis Tigers. This a very exciting bunch of games that will not only get the Trojans ready for Pac-10 play, but should provide them with a chance to earn some quality wins that will enhance their NCAA Tournament resume. When you include the tourney in Anaheim, 11 of the games (including both exhibitions) listed above will be played in Southern California. Man, I just can't wait. At least football season is only a month away.

Fight On!

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