USC Men's Basketball is back and hopefully the Trojans can find some success on the court after four straight sub-par seasons. Andy Enfield is 23-41 since taking over the Trojans and will look to two top freshman to help guide his team. Tonight, USC opens the season against the University of San Diego, a team they are 4-0 all-time against. This will be the first meeting between the schools since 2007, when the Trojans won 60-50.
Previewing San Diego:
Lamont Smith takes over as head coach for the Toreros after Bill Grier was fired in the offseason. Smith had previous stints as an assistant coach at Arizona State, New Mexico, and Washington before taking his first head coaching job at USD. USD is coming off of a 15-16 record last year, where they finished 5th in the West Coast Conference. The Toreros lost a lot of production in the offseason as their top three scorers graduated. With six freshman on the team, the team will look to guard Duda Sanadze (6.6 ppg last year) and forward Brandon Perry (6.2 ppg) to lead the young bunch.
It was another tough season for the Trojans in 2014-15 as they finished last in the conference with a 3-15 conference record and at one point, had a nine-game losing streak. However, USC returns every single one of the core contributors from last year and will welcome two of the top big man in the Class of 2015. The trio of guards Katin Reinhardt (led USC with 12.5 points per game last year), Jordan McLaughlin (had shoulder surgery in the offseason and is healthy to begin the 2015-16 campaign, Pac-12 All-Freshman Team last year), and forward Nikola Jovanovic (12.3 ppg and 7.0 rebounds per game last year) are back and will be the focal points in the USC offense. USC will welcome Chimezie Metu (#8 PF in the Class of 2015) and Bennie Boatwright (#20 PF in the Class of 2015). Metu was the CIF-SS Division II Player of the Year last year as he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks per game. Boatwright was the CIF-SS Division 1AA Player of the Year last year, averaging 27.8 points and 13 rebounds per game.
Friday's game starts at 5:00 P.T. and can be seen on Pac-12 Los Angeles.