It’s that time of the year again! We have hit the final month of the College Basketball regular season. This is where teams look to improve their positions for the upcoming NCAA Tournament and bracket projections give us an idea of where teams could be playing come March. USC started the season with high expectations, however the Trojans ended up hitting a rough patch through December which took them out of the AP Top 25. Right now the Trojans are riding a six game winning streak and currently sit in second in the Pac-12 standings. Despite all of that, USC still find themselves fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. We look at the different bracket projections to see if the Trojans are in a position to go dancing in March.
Jerry Palm- CBS Sports: 10 Seed in the Midwest Region- Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has the Trojans playing in March. He has USC listed as a 10 seen in the Midwest region. There they would face the Louisville Cardinals, who’s projected as a 7 seed, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Joe Lunardi- ESPN: 10 Seed in the West Region- Joe Lunardi of ESPN also has the Trojans in as 7 seed but in the West Region. There they would also be in Nashville, Tennessee, however Lunardi projects their opponent to be the St. Mary Gales, who’s projected as a 7 seed. Something to keep in mind, Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA will be hosting the West regional semi-finals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight). If USC can make it to the Sweet Sixteen, you can expect them to have a huge presence insise Staples Center, especially with USC right down the street.
Chris Dobbertean- SB Nation: 10 Seed- Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation projects USC as a 10 seed and the latest bubble team in. While there’s no projection in where the Trojans will play or who their opponent would be, their game at UCLA is highlighted as a key weekend game. A loss to UCLA could drop USC out of a lot of brackets where a win could help improve their seeding and give them that quality win on the road that they need.