USC Capsule

Nickname: Trojans                        Coach: Tim Floyd
Location: Los Angeles, California        Record at USC: 42-24
Conference: Pac-10                       Career Record: 285-154
Overall Record: 25-11
Conference Record and Finish: 11-7, 3rd

Seed, Region and Bid: 5, East, At-large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 11
NCAA Tournament Record: 11-14 (.440)
Final Four Appearances: 2 (1940, 1954)
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: NATIONAL SEMIFINALIST (1954)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: 25
Final Associated Press ranking: 23
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 40

Record vs. teams in the field: 9-7

F -- Nick Young (6-6, 200, Jr. -- 17.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
F -- Taj Gibson (6-9, 210, Fr. -- 11.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
G -- Dwight Lewis (6-5, 200, Fr. -- 6.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg)
G -- Lodrick Stewart (6-4, 210, Sr. -- 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
G -- Gabe Pruitt (6-4, 170, Jr. -- 12.3 ppg, 4.1 apg)

Key Reserves:
C -- Abdoulaye N'diaye (6-11, 220, Sr. -- 3.4 ppg)
G -- Daniel Hackett (6-5, 205, Fr. -- 5.0 ppg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: USC is considered one of the "surprise" teams to reach
this point, but the only surprise should be the ease in which it
has dispatched its first two foes, including a lopsided 87-68
romp over Texas and prize freshman Kevin Durant in the second
round.  The Trojans showed the ability to play at an extremely
high level throughout the season and should have beaten UCLA
once - and possibly twice - in a rugged Pac-10 Conference
schedule.  One of the Trojans' bigger worries is size - or lack
thereof - but freshman center Gibson has been immense with 35
points and 22 rebounds in the first two games.  His matchup
against burly North Carolina center Tyler Hansbrough will be
pivotal to USC's hopes of toppling the No. 1 seed.  Young has
been outstanding with 42 points but the Trojans have yet to warm
up from 3-point range, hitting just 10-of-29 from the arc thus
far.  Can they survive a matchup playing at the Tar Heels'
frenetic pace?

NEXT GAME: Friday vs. (1) North Carolina at East Rutherford, NJ