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USC Trojans men's basketball


USC Trojans men's basketball

USC Trojans
2014–15 USC Trojans men's basketball team
USC Trojans athletic logo
University University of Southern California
Conference Pac-12
Location Los Angeles, CA
Head coach Andy Enfield (2nd year)
Arena Galen Center
(Capacity: 10,258)
Nickname Trojans

Cardinal and Gold

Home jersey
Team colours
Away jersey
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Alternate jersey
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1940 • 1954
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1940, 1954, 2001
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1954, 1961, 2001, 2007
NCAA Tournament appearances
1940 • 1954 • 1960 • 1961 • 1979 • 1982 • 1985 • 1991 • 1992 • 1997 • 2001 • 2002 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2011
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions
1928 • 1930 • 1935 • 1940 • 1954 • 1960 • 1985

The USC Trojans men's basketball program is the college basketball team that competes in the Pacific-12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and represents the University of Southern California.

The program was formerly coached by Tim Floyd, until his resignation on June 9, 2009.[1] Other staff members include Phil Johnson, Bob Cantu, Gib Arnold, Rob Brooks and Rudy Hackett. Kevin O'Neill, who last coached in the NCAA at Arizona, was named the head coach by Mike Garrett on June 20, 2009.[2] O'Neill was terminated in January 2013 after a 7-10 start. Longtime assistant Bob Cantu was given interim duties.[3] On April 1, 2013, Andy Enfield, head coach of the Florida Gulf Coast University team known for its upsets during the 2013 NCAA Tournament, was named head coach.[4]


The USC Trojans are 1,500-1,097 (.578) all-time in intercollegiate basketball games. They boast 25 All-Americans, 14 league championships, one conference tournament title, 16 NCAA tournament appearances, four Sweet Sixteen appearances, three Elite Eight appearances, and two Final Four appearances. Sam Barry and four of his USC players (Jack Gardner, Alex Hannum, Tex Winter and Bill Sharman) have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as coaches. (Sharman was also inducted as a player.)

The Early Years (1906-28)

On December 7, 1906 the Los Angeles Herald declared: "Basketball Is Started At U.S.C."[5] The first official game of USC basketball was an interclass drubbing by the freshman over the sophomores, 25-2. USC would later host its debut intercollegiate basketball game, the first of its kind in Southern California, on January 16, 1907 with an 18-15 win over Occidental College.[6]

After a standout season in 1910, when USC placed second in the league, the Methodists (as they had been known at the time) slowly grew the program under the direction of a series of player-managers and part-time coaches. Several football headmen served as basketball coaches during that time, including Ralph Glaze, Dean Cromwell, Elmer "Gloomy Gus" Henderson, and Leo Calland. In addition, USC's basketball team was often littered with football standouts such as USC Athletic Hall of Famers Morley Drury and Jess Mortensen.

In 1922 USC joined the Pacific Coast Conference. The Trojans then won their first conference title in 1928 under Calland's leadership, edging past the Washington Huskies in the second and final game of the conference championship series. With a see-sawing score for most of the game, Charley Bone buried two shots in the last minute to secure the 27-26 victory and begin a new era of achievement for USC basketball.[7]

The Sam Barry era (1929-50)

Basketball Hall of Fame coach Sam Barry.

When football assistant and basketball head coach Leo Calland left USC in the summer of 1929 to become the football head coach and athletic director of the University of Idaho, legendary USC football coach Howard Jones found himself in need of a new assistant and the university in need of a new basketball head. Jones recommended Sam Barry, one of his former assistants at the University of Iowa who had also coached Hawkeye basketball for seven years. Barry agreed to follow Jones west, once more joining his football staff while also taking control of the basketball program.

Building a national power (1929-41)

USC 2-time All-American Lee Guttero.

Barry brought with him an aggressive style of play uncommon outside the midwest. His strategic innovations would lay the groundwork for the Triangle offense and his campaign to do away with the center jump after each basket would change the game forever. "It is rumored that other conference coaches are eyeing the Trojans with no little anxiety," the Daily Trojan mused in the lead up to Barry's first season.[8] Those coaches had reason to be worried as the Men of Troy stormed through the 1929-30 season, finishing with an overall record of 15-5. They defeated the Washington Huskies in three games to be crowned champions of the PCC for the second time in school history. The Trojans also celebrated their first basketball All-Americans in guard Johnny Lehners and center Jess Mortensen.

Under Barry, the 1930s were USC's decade. Producing three more All-Americans (Jerry Nemer, Lee Guttero [2-time], Eddie Oram), they dominated the PCC South Division with five straight division titles from 1932 to 1936 as well as a title in 1939. In 1935 the Trojans also reclaimed the conference title in a thrilling victory over Oregon State in Corvalls. After falling to the Beavers in the first game of the series, USC evened things up by winning the second. The final game was decided 32-31 in favor of the Trojans thanks to the game winner from All-Southern Division forward Ernie Holbrook in the final seconds.[9]

The 1940s started just as bright as the Trojans claimed their ninth division title in 12 years. The 1940 Men of Troy also reached the heights of the PCC championship after bulldozing the Oregon State in two games at the Shrine Auditorium. Led by All-American Ralph Vaughn, USC received its first invitation to the eight-team NCAA tournament and was considered a favorite to challenge for the national title. They beat Colorado, 38-32, in the first round then ran into the Phog Allen's Kansas in the semifinals. Senior Keith Lambert put the Trojans ahead with less than a minute remaining but Howard Engleman knocked down a shot with 16 seconds remaining to give Kansas the 43-42 win.[10]

World War II and the coaching carousel (1942-45)

In January 1942, Barry, then-head coach of the three major sports at USC, enlisted in the Gene Rock and Ted Gossard were named All-Americans. The following year, however, Holbrook was called to service in the Army, becoming the fourth USC basketball coach pulled away by the war in the course of two years.

Bobby Muth, a former teammate of both Hupp and Holbrook, was chosen to be the newest replacement head coach.[11] Unfortunately Muth struggled to match the excellence of his predecessor with no returning players from 1943's division winning squad due to the war. In his first year as head coach, he managed a disappointing 8-12 record, USC's first losing record in 11 years.

Julie Bescos returned to USC after the war's end in 1945 as an assistant football coach having earned a Silver Star for heroically overseeing the rescue and evacuation of wounded sailors as a flight deck officer on the kamikaze-damaged USS Saratoga.[12] He was posthumously entered into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ernie Holbrook never made it home. As a private in 28th “Keystone” Infantry Division, Holbrook was killed during the opening salvos of the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944.[13] Every year, the Ernie Holbrook Memorial Award is given in his memory to the team’s most inspirational basketball player.

Sam Barry returns (1945-50)

With the surrender of the Japanese in August 1945, Sam Barry was discharged from the Navy, receiving a Naval Commendation for his work in the physical and military training of Navy personnel in the South Pacific. He then returned to his pre-war post as head basketball coach. He never managed to truly to regain his pre-war success however. Before the war Barry compiled a win-loss record of 208-95, winning 68% of his games. In games after the war that winning percentage fell to 58% with 68-49. Despite that drop off, Barry's teams still finished second in the division all but one year.

Just as he was once more finding success, producing another All-American in Bill Sharman in 1950, tragedy struck. On September 23, 1950, while scouting for football at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Barry suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 57. He still holds the mantle of USC's all-time winningest coach, 260-138 all-time. In his 17 years as head coach, his teams won eight division crowns and three conference titles, and featured eight All-Americans. His 40 consecutive wins over crosstown rival UCLA stand as the longest winning streak by any coach against a single opponent in the history of college basketball.

The Forrest Twogood Era (1951-66)

In the wake of Sam Barry's sudden death in September 1950, USC turned to assistant coach Forrest Twogood, who had previously been the head coach at the University of Idaho and the University of San Francisco. Twogood had two stints as an assistant to Barry coaching the Trojan freshmen, and had played for Barry at the University of Iowa.

The Final Four (1954)

 Hail Welsh! Hail Pausig! Hail Irvin! Hail Hammer! Hail Psaltis! Hail Carr! Hail Twogood! Hail the Trojans!
SC is 1954 undisputed Pacific Coast Conference basketball champion.

 —Jack McCurdy in the Daily Trojan, March 9, 1954 [14]

The 1954 Trojans' cinderella run to the NCAA Final Four could have easily been derailed at any moment. Stuck in third place two weeks before the season's end, the Men of Troy completed a surprising sweep of then-second-place Cal to position themselves in firing distance of the division lead. Standing in their way were the UCLA Bruins. John Wooden was already well on his way to establishing his dynasty, having led his team to four division titles in five years. The Bruins were on a 13-game win streak, had not been beaten at home all season and needed just one win out of two to secure first place. No one gave the Trojans a chance. Not against Wooden's Wonderboys. Not in Westwood.

They didn't account for Roy Irvin, USC's third team All-America center. Irvin's 29 points in the first game powered the Trojans past the Bruins, 79-68. Still, only one team had managed to sweep the Bruins in Westwood in Wooden's six years and USC was hardly the team expected to pull off such a feat. Until they did.

Another strong performance from Irvin saw the Trojans in front late, until UCLA drew it back even in the final minute. Then, Trojan sub Chet Carr knocked down a 10-footer in the waning seconds, giving the Trojans the win, the sweep and their first outright division championship in 11 years.

The Daily Trojan following USC's PCC championship.

The road to the NCAA tournament then ran through the Oregon State Beavers and their 7-foot, 3-inch center, Wade Halbrook. The opening game of the PCC Championship series, Twogood's men picked up where they left off. Halbrook was contained and USC came away with a 65-47 victory. The soaring Men of Troy were brought crashing back to earth the next day, when Halbrook came to life, scoring 12 points and bottling up the USC offense with his rebounding and defense. The Beavers outscored the Trojans 20-6 in the final ten minutes of the first half and despite a third quarter comeback attempt, USC was bested for the first time in six games.

The final game was a close affair throughout. Fittingly, it was Halbrook and Irvin who battled it out in the final minutes, trading baskets and the lead until Irvin's hook shot put the Trojans up for good with under a minute to go and two free throws from captain Dick Welsh with 27 seconds remaining ensured the 48-45 win.

Following their PCC Championship, the Trojans turned their eyes to another title race- the national title. This one took them to Corvallis where they flew past Idaho State in the first round, 73-59. Then they faced Santa Clara, a team which had gone to three straight NCAA tournaments. In a game reminiscent of their season, the teams remained at a virtual deadlock with 13 lead changes and eight ties. The third quarter saw a forward surge from the Trojans, which the Broncos matched as the quarter closed. Santa Clara got to most out of a low-scoring fourth quarter and entered the final 40 seconds with a three-point lead. True to form, it was Irvin who came to USC's rescue. Driving towards the basket, he drew a foul while successfully laying in the ball, tying the game at 57 with his free throw. The game would go into overtime, and again the Trojans would find themselves down three with just over a minute to go. This time Welsh came up big, hitting a shot to pull within one. A free throw from guard Tony Psaltis then tied the score and prompted a second overtime at 65-65.

The Trojans needed just one point - a free throw from USC's Welsh within the first 30 seconds of play - to secure their spot in the Final Four. In the same year the NBA would introduce the 24-second shot clock, Santa Clara sealed their fate by holding the ball and stalling for exactly four minutes and seven seconds. With 17 seconds to go, the Broncos' Ken Sears finally made his move towards the basket. Immediately a swarm of Trojans surrounded him and knocked the ball out of his hands. Time expired and the Trojans set course for Kansas City.

Having matched USC's best tournament result ever and securing a place among the top four teams in college basketball, the 1954 Trojans looked to make history against Bradley. However, Bradley had their own cinderella story to tell and this time the script was flipped. The Men of Troy maintained a lead for most of the game, but a flurry of fourth quarter scoring from the Braves left the Trojans without leading scorer Roy Irvin, who fouled out, and just a one-point lead going into the final minute. Bradley then ran off five unanswered points taking a commanding 74-70 lead. USC's Jack Dunne hit a shot with six seconds remaining, but by then it was too late. The dream season, for all intents and purposes, was over.

Demoralized and exhausted after 34-games and five straight weekends of must-win games, the Trojans fell to Penn State in the third-place game, 70-61, though even in this game they attempted a late comeback after falling behind by 20.

The Daily Trojan reflected on the magical season:

The fact remains that what they already have done is simply phenomenal. They have defied all the “impossible,” “can’t do,” “never,” and “too much” odds to rise to this station today. On their way they won the PCC Southern Davision, Pacific Coast Conference and NCAA Western Regional titles. This should seem “enough” for a team that was once pronounced “dead.”
- Jack McCurdy, March 19, 1954

The Bob Boyd Era (1967-79)

In a 13-year career as head coach of the USC basketball team his teams went 216-131 overall and played in the post-season four times (the 1979 NCAA playoffs, 1973 NIT and 1974 and 1975 Commissioner's Conference tourney). His 1971 team, which went 24-2 and was ranked fifth in the nation (USC was ranked first at midseason), is regarded among USC's best (he also won 24 games in 1974). His wins over UCLA in 1969 and 1970 were the UCLA's first losses in Pauley Pavilion, built in 1966. He was twice named the conference Coach of the Year. He sent ten players into the NBA, including Paul Westphal and Gus Williams.

Morrison and Raveling (1980-1994)

In seven seasons at USC, Stan Morrison had a record of 103-95 and finished first in the Pac-10 in 1985. George Raveling took over the program in 1987, leading the Trojans to two NCAA tournament appearances. He complied a 115-118 overall record in eight seasons.

The Henry Bibby Era (1995-2005)

In 1995, Henry Bibby was named head coach of USC men's basketball. In ten seasons, Bibby had an overall won-loss record of 131-111 at USC. He led his 1997, 2001 and 2002 teams to the NCAA tournament, including an "Elite Eight" appearance in 2001, but was fired after four games into his final season.

Recent Success

USC advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. This was the first time since 2001, and the second time since 1961.


In the 2007–08 season, USC featured guard O. J. Mayo from Huntington High School. He had been ranked by several major sports publications as the top prospect of the 2007 recruiting class. During the 2007–2008 season, the Trojans played the Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma Sooners at home. They also played in the Anaheim Classic from November 22–25, 2007. Each night, USC played a team from the Big Ten, Big East, SEC, and Big 12. Additionally, they had a return game against the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina. After the regular season and Pac-10 Tournament had ended, USC earned a #6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Trojans were seeded against the #11 seed Kansas State Wildcats. This first round game gained heavy media attention because of the matchup between college phenoms O. J. Mayo and Michael Beasley. Although the game was relatively close throughout the first half and early second half, the Wildcats came away with the victory by a score of 80–67. As expected by many, Mayo entered the NBA Draft at the end of the 2007–08 season. He was selected as the 3rd overall lottery pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Trojans finished the 2007–08 season with a record of 21–12. However, on January 3, 2010, the University concluded its internal investigation over allegations that Mayo received improper benefits during his stay at USC in 2007-2008. The University concluded that Mayo did receive improper benefits and that head coach Tim Floyd was an active participant in ensuring that Mayo continued to receive money and gifts on behalf of a sports agent, in violation of NCAA rules. Therefore, USC declared Mayo ineligible to play in 2007-2008, and USC Basketball has voluntarily vacated all regular season wins from the 2007-2008 season. The USC record for 2007-2008 thus is 0-12, a result of the peculiar scoring rules for marking vacated wins as no contests.[15]


The 2008–09 Trojans team featured the 3rd-ranked recruit in the nation according to, All-American forward Demar DeRozan. USC also received a commitment from point guard Percy Romeo Miller, Jr aka Lil Romeo, the son of Master P. The team opted not to have an October 17, 2008 Midnight Madness celebration.[16]

Building upon the success of previous years, the Trojans defeated Arizona State in the Pac-10 Championship Game and clinched their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They defeated Boston College to reach the second round, where they lost 74–69 to eventual runner-up Michigan State.


On January 3, 2010, USC announced that it had implemented self-imposed sanctions for violations of NCAA rules related to Mayo.[17] The sanctions include a one-year ban on postseason competition following the 2009–2010 regular season, a reduction of one scholarship for the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 academic years, and reductions in the numbers of recruiting days and coaches participating in off-campus recruiting through 2011. The school also vacated all wins earned during the 2007–2008 season, due to Mayo's ineligibility at that time.

Andy Enfield and the Future (2013-)

After becoming the first head coach to lead a 15-seed to the Sweet 16, guiding his [18]

Notable players

1932 captain, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Famer, USC Athletics Hall of Famer, first head coach to lead two different schools (Kansas State and Utah) to the Final Four twice.
Innovator of the triangle offense, nine-time NBA champion as an assistant coach (Bulls, Lakers), UPI Coach of the Year (1958), Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Famer, USC Athletics Hall of Famer, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame John Bunn Award (lifetime achievement) honoree, NBA Coaches Association Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, USC Athletics Hall of Famer.
All-American, 2-time All-Pacific Coast Conference, PCC MVP, 4-time All-NBA First Team, 8-time NBA All-Star (1953–1960) NBA All-Star Game MVP (1961), 4-time NBA champion as a player (Celtics), NBA champion as a coach (Lakers), NBA Coach of the Year (1972), first coach to win championships in three different pro leagues (ABL, ABA, NBA), Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer as a coach and player, USC Athletics Hall of Famer.
1948 captain, 2-time NBA champion as a coach (Hawks, 76ers), NBA Coach of the Year (1964), ABA Coach of the Year (1969), Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer.
1972 captain, All-American, 3-time All-Pac-10, NBA champion as a player (Celtics), 5-time NBA All-Star, 3-time All-NBA First Team, #44 retired by the Phoenix Suns.
All-American, 2-time All-Pac 10, NBA champion as a player (SuperSonics), 2-time All-Star, All-NBA First Team (1982), #1 Retired by the Seattle SuperSonics.
3-time All American, 3-time All-Pac-10, Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (1990), Sports Illustrated National Player of the Year (1992), Pac-10 Player of the Year (1992), 2-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
3-time All-Pac-10, Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year (1999), NBA Champion (Celtics)
2-time All-Pac-10
2009 captain, 2-time All-Pac-10, Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year (2009), NBA All-Rookie First Team
2008 captain, All-Pac-10, NBA All-Rookie First Team. Mayo was also the recipient of improper benefits and USC was forced to vacate the 21 wins from the 2007-08 season.
Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, Pac-10 Tournament Most Valuable Player (2009), NBA All-Star (2013-2014)
2-time All-Pac-10, AP All-American Honorable Mention, NBA Rising Star

NCAA Tournament History

NCAA Tournament Seeding History

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.
Years → '79 '82 '85 '91 '92 '97 '01 '02 '07 '08 '09 '11
Seeds→ 7 9 8 10 2 11 6 4 5 6* 10 11

NCAA Tournament Results

The Trojans have appeared in sixteen NCAA Tournaments, including two Final Four appearances. USC's combined record is 12-18*.[19]

Year Record Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
2011 19-14 #11 First Four #11 Virginia Commonwealth L 46–59
2009 21-12 #10 Round of 64
Round of 32
#7 Boston College
#2 Michigan State
W 72–55
L 69–74
2008 21-12 #6 Round of 64 #11 Kansas State L 67–80*
2007 25-12 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
#12 Arkansas
#4 Texas
#1 North Carolina
W 77–60
W 87–68
L 64–74
2002 22-10 #4 Round of 64 #13 UNC-Wilmington L 89–93 (OT)
2001 24-10 #6 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet 16
Elite 8
#11 Oklahoma State
#3 Boston College
#2 Kentucky
#1 Duke
W 69–54
W 74–71
W 80–76
L 69–79
1997 17-11 #11 Round of 64 #6 Illinois L 77–90
1992 24-6 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
#15 Northeast Louisiana
#7 Georgia Tech
W 84–54
L 78–79
1991 19-10 #10 Round of 64 #7 Florida State L 72–75
1985 19-10 #8 Round of 64 #9 Illinois State L 55–58
1982 19-9 #9 Round of 48 #8 Wyoming L 58–61
1979 20-9 #7 Round of 40
Round of 32
#10 Utah State
#2 DePaul
W 86–67
L 78–89
1961 21-8 N/A First Round
Sweet 16
Regional 3rd Place
Arizona State
W 81-79
L 71-86
L 67-69
1960 16-11 N/A First Round Utah L 73-80
1954 19-14 N/A Sweet 16
Elite 8
Final 4
National 3rd Place Game
Idaho State
Santa Clara
Penn State
W 73-59
W 66-65 (2OT)
L 72-74
L 70-61
1940 20-3 N/A First Round
Final 4
W 38-32
L 42-43

* 2008 tournament appearance and loss to Kansas State were vacated due to NCAA penalty. The revised record is 12-17 all-time.


Career Leaders

Points 3-pt FGs Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
1. 2,048 - Harold Miner
232 - Lodrick Stewart
1,067 - Ron Riley
779 - Brandon Granville
229 - Brandon Granville
253 - Taj Gibson
2. 1,727 - Ronnie Coleman
218 - Brandon Granville
896 - Taj Gibson
409 - Larry Friend
224 - Errick Craven
195 - Sam Clancy
3. 1,657 - Sam Clancy
203 - Desmon Farmer
839 - Sam Clancy
398 - Duane Cooper
1988-89, 1991-92
208 - Stais Boseman
129 - Rory O’Neil
4. 1,606 - Desmon Farmer
179 - Gabe Pruitt
831 - John Rudometkin
389 - Jacque Hill
204 - Jeff Trepagnier
128 - Lorenzo Orr
5. 1,524 - Wayne Carlander
176 - Harold Miner
822 - Allen Young
363 - Daniel Hackett
179 - Derrick Dowell
116 - Rod Keller
6. 1,486 - Nick Young
171 - David Bluthenthal
821 - Ronnie Coleman
362 - Gus Williams
158 - Gabe Pruitt
104 - Jeff Trepagnier
7. 1,484 - John Rudometkin
163 - Elias Ayuso
806 - Derrick Dowell
319 - Robert Pack
148 - Lodrick Stewart
101 - Avondre Jones
1994, 1996
8. 1,483 - Derrick Dowell
156 - Phil Glenn
768 - Roy Irvin
313 - Dan Anderson
134 - Sam Clancy
95 - Nikola Vucevic
9. 1,466 - Lodrick Stewart
149 - Dwight Lewis
767 - Wayne Carlander
308 - Burt Harris
125 - Maurice Jones
83 - Alex Stepheson
10. 1,460 - Dwight Lewis
145 - Stais Boseman
763 - Jaha Wilson
305 - Rich Grande
119 - Dwight Lewis
83 - Chris Munk


The following are the USC men's head basketball coaches who have led the Trojans against conference competition. Prior to fielding conference teams, USC men's basketball was also coached by notable USC coaches such as Dean Cromwell who was a track and field and baseball coach as well as Elmer "Gloomy Gus" Henderson who also coached baseball and football at USC.

All-time record vs. Pac-12 Opponents

The USC Trojans lead the all-time series vs. four of the other eleven Pac-12 opponents. They trail the series vs. five opponents and are even vs. two more.

Opponent Wins Losses Pct. Streak
Arizona 40 61 .396 UofA 1
Arizona St. 50 37 .575 ASU 1
Cal 121 133 .476 Cal 1
Colorado 3 6 .333 Colorado 4
Oregon 60 49 .550 ORE 7
Oregon St. 66 60 .524 OSU 1
Stanford 122 122 .500 Stan 2
UCLA 104 135 .435 UCLA 2
Utah 17 17 .500 Utah 3
Washington 67 69 .493 Wash 1
Wash. St. 69 46 .600 WSU 1
  • Note all-time series includes non-conference matchups.
    • Vacated wins are not counted in this table.


USC men playing a pre-season game against the Cal Poly Broncos at Galen Center.
The stage of Shrine Auditorium served as home court for USC basketball for much of the 1940s. However, the nature of hosting a basketball game in a theater meant that visibility was limited except in the center section of the audience. "If you had a seat on the extreme right or left, you missed seeing one basket," said Alex Omalev, a Trojan forward from 1940 to 1943. The score was kept by two men seated on an elevated platform and a gun blast marked the end of each half.[20]

Beginning in 1949 the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in the Fairfax District hosted USC basketball until 1959 at which point the Trojans moved into the nearby Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, where they would remain for close to the next 50 years.

USC had talked about building an on-campus arena for the better part of century and that dream finally came to fruition when Louis Galen, successful banker and long-time Trojan fan, donated a total $50 million to ensure the facility was built. They broke ground in 2004 and the Galen Center officially opened its doors in 2006, becoming the new home of USC basketball.

The facility is 255,000 square feet (23,700 m2), with a 45,000 square feet (4,200 m2) pavilion, and has three practice courts and offices. The seating capacity is 10,258, and there are 22 private suites. Total construction cost was an estimated $147 million.

The first men's basketball was held on November 16 against the University of South Carolina. The first sellout crowd was the men's basketball game against the UCLA Bruins on January 12, 2007 with an attendance of 9,682. On January 31, 2008 the USC men's basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats set the arena's attendance record with a crowd of 10,258 in attendance. That record has been matched three times since: February 17, 2008 vs UCLA; January 11, 2009 vs UCLA; and January 9, 2011 vs UCLA.


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  8. ^ Goldman, Harold (3 December 1929). "S.C. Will Open Local Casaba Season Friday". Daily Trojan. 
  9. ^ "Trojans Battle Way to Championship, 32-21". Daily Trojan. 12 March 1935. 
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  17. ^ USC, USC Announces Sanctions on Men's Basketball Team, January 3, 2010, Accessed March 16, 2010.
  18. ^ USC
  19. ^ "History". 2012-13 USC Men's Basketball Media Guide. 
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External links

  • Official Men's Basketball website
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