NCAAB USC Trojans

NCAA Division: Division I

Conference: Pac-12

Past Conferences:  Pac-12, Pac-10, Pac-8, AAWU, PCC, Ind

City: Los Angeles, California

Stadium: Galen Center

NCAA Tournaments: 1940, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008*, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2022

*Indicates that the appearance was vacated by the NCAA

 

 

 

Championships:

         National Championships: 0

       Conference Titles: 1

 

Team History

 

There is a plethora of history rooted deep in the USC Trojans men’s basketball history. The first official game in the school’s history was an interclass game. It would take years before the program received any attention from the national stage; it joined the Pacific Coast Conference in 1922.

 

In 1928, under Leo Calland’s leadership, the Trojans won their first conference title, defeating the Washington Huskies in the final game of the conference championship series, since numerous football coaches served as basketball coaches. After former USC basketball and football assistant Leo Calland left USC to become head coach and athletic director at the University of Idaho in 1929, legendary USC coach Howard Jones had to hire a new assistant and the university had to find a new basketball coach. 

 

Sam Barry would become a crucial part of building the foundation of the program. He would bring the groundwork to the triangle offense, which would change how the game of basketball is played. However, the job was far from over because it would take at least another decade before the team made an NCAA Tournament appearance.

 

Due to his service in WWII, Barry would not be the coach full-time. Barry would return when he was discharged from the navy after the Japanese surrendered. Barry suffered an untimely death, but he remains the school’s most successful coach. 

 

After the school’s Final Four appearance in 1954, when the odds were the greatest,  the school would find more consistency after the 1980s. Stan Morrison had a 103-95 record at USC in seven seasons and won the Pac-10 championship in 1985. The Trojans reached two NCAA tournaments under George Raveling’s leadership in 1987 and 1988, and had a record that was slightly under .500 during his tenure.

 

Early 2000s 

Things started swaying the program’s way in the early 2000s to the present day. Towards the Henry Bibby era, the program would find an array of success -as the USC team stats showed- before eventually getting fired. In that span, he would lead them to several NCAA appearances, including an Elite 8 showdown with the Duke Blue Devils.

 

The 2008–09 squad featured All-American forward DeMar DeRozan, who decided to play close to home over other major programs like Florida State and Arizona State. In the second round, they lost 74–69 to eventual runner-up Michigan State Spartans after defeating the Boston College Eagles in the opening round.

 

The University of Southern California announced on January 3, 2010 that it had implemented self-imposed sanctions for NCAA rules violations relating to O. J. Mayo. One of the sanctions on the list included a postseason competition ban for a year. 

 

In charge of the team since 2013, Andy Enfield is poised to restore the team’s greatness. The 2016 appearance was a tough one to forget: they lost by one to the Providence Friars in the first round. In 2017, the First Four team would make it to the second round.

 

In 2021, future top-three NBA Draft pick Evan Mobley took the school to the Elite 8 but eventually ran into trouble against the eventual runner-up Gonzaga Bulldogs. The following year, they lost a back-and-forth game to the Miami Hurricanes in the first round.

 

Andy Enfield will be entering his ninth season with the program. The USC Trojans have decent NCAAB odds to make the tournament once again but have the fourth-best odds to win the conference.

 

All-Time Records

  • Points Scored

    • Harold Miner 2,048

    • Ronnie Coleman 1,727

    • Sam Clancy 1,657

 

  • Rebounds

    • Ron Riley 1,067

    • Nick Rakocevic 923

    • Taj Gibson 896

 

  • Assists

    • Brandon Granville 779

    • Jordan McLaughlin 739

    • Larry Friend 409

 

  • Steals 

    • Brandon Granville 229

    • Errick Craven 223

    • Jordan McLaughlin 213

 

 

 

FAQs

 

  1. What Is the Highest Win Total in Program History?

 

The 26-win total is the highest win total in the program’s history. This would be done twice as it was done in the 2017 and 2022 seasons, with Andy Enfield in charge.

 

  1. Who Is the Winningest Coach in Program History?

 

Sam Barry is the winningest coach in the program’s history, with a record of 260-138 during his 17-year tenure. If Andy Enfield maintains his job for the next several years, he could become the winningest coach in Trojans’ history.

 

 

 

  1. Who Is the Greatest Player in Program History?

DeMar DeRozan was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. In addition, he has played with the San Antonio Spurs and now plays with the Chicago Bulls. He has been named to five All-Star selections, and also plays with Nikola Vučević, who also went to USC.

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