USC is projected as a No. 5 seed by Jerry Palm and a No. 7 seed by Joe Lunardi.
Does that matter? Palm has the Trojans playing Virginia Tech in the first round while Lunardi has the Trojans playing Loyola-Chicago. Virginia Tech is No. 23 in the KenPom rankings while Loyola-Chicago is No. 24.
USC? No. 43.
Palm has USC playing Arkansas (25-8) in the second round while Lunardi has the Trojans playing Kentucky (26-7). Those are tough second-round games.
The highlight this week will be getting to hear Andy Enfield pronouce it as “tore-nuh-ment.”