Are you ready for some USC hoops?!?
The media apparently is not. The USC men's basketball team was picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12 Conference, according to a poll of media members who cover the conference.
The Trojans return only two starters -- both sophomores -- and have a team that features no seniors. To say the team is young would be a ginormous understatement. The team's captains are both sophomores, including Charlotte transfer Darion Clark.
USC lost its top four scorers from last season's 11-21 squad after leading scorer Byron Wesley transferred to Gonzaga for his final year of eligibility. The Trojans also lost four seniors that combined to score 32.2 points per game and upcoming post player Roschon Prince also transferred.
Besides losing its top four scorers, USC also lost its top two rebounders and the team leader in assists, steals, blocks and 3-pointers made.
Instead, second-year head coach Andy Enfield has combatted the attrition with a strong recruiting class led by point guard Jordan McLaughlin. The Trojans also have a pair of instant impact transfers in Clark and UNLV transfer Katin Reinhardt.
Sitting atop the Pac-12 preseason media poll is Arizona for the third consecutive year. According to the Pac-12, "media have correctly picked the conference winner 13 times in 22 tries. Arizona has correctly been selected in eight of the previous 12 times it has been slated to capture the league crown."
Here's the full preseason prediction:
1.Arizona (31) 383
4.UCLA (1) 290
9.Arizona State 155
11.Washington State 84
12.Oregon State 45