For several years, I have complained that USC coach Andy Enfield refuses to upgrade the Trojans’ schedule. It played a critical role in the selection committee’s decision to deny USC an NCAA Tournament bid.
USC was 0-5 against the Pac-12 teams who made the NCAA Tournament. It also lost to Texas A&M and Oklahoma, who made the Tournament. It’s only victories vs. NCAA Tournament teams were over New Mexico State and Cal State Fullerton.
What Sunday’s NCAA Tournament field proved is you could lose a couple more games if you also beat one or two teams (see Arizona State). Enfield refuses to schedule a marquee team at the Galen Center. He also doesn’t like to play elite teams at their home arenas. So it creates a pretty thin margin for finding quality wins, especially if the Pac-12 is down. And the Pac-12 is down, with two of its three teams (UCLA, Arizona State) sent to Dayton for the NCAA play-in games.
Why won’t Enfield schedule a Duke, Kansas or Michigan State at home? Or even travel to Virginia or Villanova? It won’t hurt USC. But he refuses to do it. Enfield had a top 10 roster of talent coming back this season and refused to make an ambitious schedule. So blame him if the NCAA was unimpressed.