USC’s basketball stock continues to be on the rise, despite the program’s implication in an FBI bribery investigation. After finishing in fifth place in the Pac-12 last season, the Trojans are projected to do even better in 2017-18.
— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) October 12, 2017
The second-place projection is the highest USC has ever received since the Pac-12 began releasing a preseason media poll, according to Pac-12.com. It was the only team to garner a first-place vote other than predicted winner Arizona, getting tabbed to win the league by Steve Mims of the Eugene Register-Guard.
“Barring NCAA sanctions, I think the Trojans, with their top eight scorers from last season all back, live up to their potential and maybe even enjoy some extra attention brought on by the controversy as opposed to playing in anonymity as they usually do,” Mims wrote.
USC went 26-10 overall and 12-6 in the Pac-12 last season, falling to Baylor in the second round of the NCAA tournament after wins over Providence and SMU.
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