USC released its nonconference basketball schedule today, which is earlier than usual. Perhaps Andy Enfield is proud of it. But other than the previously announced game with Nevada, is it dramatically better?
USC is hosting Vanderbilt and playing Oklahoma in Tulsa, but those are merely the second year of home-and-home series with those schools.
The other big game is TCU at Staples Center on Dec. 7.
But if USC went to a marquee tournament, it would probably play similar or better teams. For example, the NIT season tip-off features Kansas, Louisville, Marquette and Tennessee. You don’t think USC could play in that?
Look below at the usual suspects: Robert Morris, Stetson, Cal State Bakersfield, Long Beach State, UC Davis, Santa Clara and Southern Utah.
This will not increase home ticket sales, as USC averaged only 4,151 at the Galen Center last year.
Here’s the schedule:
Nov. 6 vs. Robert Morris
Nov. 11 vs. Vanderbilt
Nov. 14 vs. Stetson
Nov. 19 NABC Hall of Fame Classic (Opponents TBA: USC, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Missouri State in tourney)
Nov. 20 NABC Hall of Fame Classic
Nov. 25 vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Nov. 28 vs. Long Beach State
Dec. 1 vs. Nevada
Dec. 3 vs. UC Davis
Dec. 7 vs. TCU (Staples Center)
Dec. 15 vs. Oklahoma (BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.)
Dec. 18 at Santa Clara
Dec. 21 vs. Southern Utah