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USC Men’s Basketball release 2019 Pac-12 conference schedule

USC recently released their Pac-12 pairings for the 2018-19 season. What does this mean for USC Basketball?

NCAA Basketball: Pac-12 Conference Tournament - USC vs Oregon Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

USC announced their Pac-12 schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season Monday afternoon. According to the release, conference games will open on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2018 and games will air on the ESPN networks, Fox/FS1, and the Pac-12 Network with games being played on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. The Pac-12 Tournament will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 13-16th.

USC will start conference play at home against Stanford and Cal between January 2nd and 6th. A week later the Trojans take their first road trip of the season in the state of Oregon to face the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers.

USC gets their usual meeting with crosstown rival UCLA at the Galen Center between January 16th-20th and make the venture to Westwood between February 27th and March 3rd. USC’s final home games of the season will be between February 20th-24th against Stanford and Cal. They close the regular season on the road at Salt Lake City against Utah and Boulder against Colorado between March 6th and 9th.

Again USC will only get Arizona and Arizona State once during the season. Instead the Trojans will host the Arizona schools this season. Last year USC only played Arizona and Arizona State once when they made their trip to the desert. This could hurt the Trojans again especially if they’re looking for quality wins on the road inside the conference to boost their resume. Some will point to the lack of quality road wins hurt the Trojans chances to make the NCAA Tournament last season.

NCAA Basketball: Pac-12 Conference Tournament-Arizona vs Southern California
USC will host the Arizona schools in their only meeting during the regular season. Photo via Stephen R. Sylvanie- USA Today Sports.
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

You can say that the Pac-12 didn’t do USC any favors with this schedule, especially after last season. The Trojans loaded the non-conference schedule with quality opponents including Nevada, TCU, and Oklahoma to name the few, but in conference USC won’t have a lot of room to drop quality games if they want to participate in the NCAA tournament this season.