The Pac-12 Conference has released the preseason poll for the 2015-16 college basketball season. The poll is voted on by members of the media who cover Pac-12 basketball. The USC Trojans are projected to finish 10th in the conference, according to the poll. The unanimous selection to win the conference in the upcoming season is the Arizona Wildcats, who are seeking their third consecutive Pac-12 title. California, Utah, Oregon and UCLA rounded out the top 5.
Based on track record, USC's ranking appears to be on the money, but I expect Andy Enfield's Trojans to overachieve this season. Last season, the Trojans were pretty competitive, but simply couldn't finish games, which could be attributed to their youth. This is a very young basketball team, but it's also an extremely talented bunch.
The team had to battle last year, but it only made them tougher for this season. Enfield returns all five starters from a season ago, most notably guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart. The Trojans also bring in a pair of talented recruits in Bennie Boatright and Chimezie Metu. USC has enough talent on the roster to be competitive this season.
Despite the preseason ranking, there are some high expectations for this program. The Trojans took a humble approach at Thursday's Pac-12 Media Day.
Nobody is expecting anything from USC this season, but that may be the exact reason why they thrive. This team is short on experience, not talent. There's plenty of pressure on Enfield to succeed, especially coaching at USC. Just ask Steve Sarkisian.