The storylines are more than evident at this point in time. USC is traveling to face a top five team on the road despite not so favorable conditions. But, at the very least, Jio Fontan will be in the lineup for the first time all year. Per the LA Times:
On Saturday he gets his chance when the Trojans play at No. 3 Kansas (9-0) and the newly eligible Fontan will start and play in his first game in more than a year.
And if he lives up to half the hype dished out by USC Coach Kevin O'Neill, Fontan will be known for more than just a movie. O'Neill calls Fontan his best player and leader.
"He's going to lift our team up a couple more levels, just by his presence, his ability, his leadership," O'Neill said.
How timely then that Fontan joins the Trojans (6-4) as they enter Allen Fieldhouse, where the Jayhawks have won 64 straight games.
Fontan hears about that streak often from his former high school teammate, Jayhawks junior guard Tyshawn Taylor. Fontan said: "He'll say, 'I hope you play good, but we don't lose at home.'"
It's going to be tough, but 'SC has previously played well in these type of games. Should be an entertaining one. Feel free to participate in the game thread. It will be televised on ESPN.