“The USC Trojans had a great NCAA Tournament. An Elite Eight is a terrific result — the Men of Troy got that far in the brackets for just the second time since 1954. What was the big problem with USC in this tournament? The Gonzaga Bulldogs were the problem. They swatted away the Trojans, one stop short of the Final Four on Tuesday night.”
That game in Indianapolis had little to do with USC’s flaws. There was only one team in the 2021 college basketball season which had a good chance of beating Gonzaga. That was Baylor. The Bears proved they were better than the Zags when they defeated GU in the national championship game. Gonzaga fell one game short of becoming an unbeaten college basketball national champion.
Now USC and Gonzaga will meet again, the latest high-profile game USC has scheduled for the coming season. Bronny James will make USC a television magnet. Showcase games like this will proliferate.
See what social media had to say about this big college hoops announcement:
Gonzaga and USC are finalizing an agreement to play Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, source told @Stadium.
‘Zags have reloaded with transfers and Trojans have heralded freshmen duo of Isaiah Collier and Bronny James.
Game would likely be at MGM Grand Garden or Mandalay Bay.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 16, 2023
USC fans could be traveling to Las Vegas to watch their football team play in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 1 and their men’s basketball team play Gonzaga on Dec. 2. https://t.co/YvuEeL86Ku
— The Sporting Tribune (@SportingTrib) June 16, 2023
— ZagsChick 🏀 (@LissaTripp1818) June 16, 2023
HARD TO DENY THIS
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) June 16, 2023
GONZAGA WILL PLAY ANYONE
— Makuti Lee (@MakutiLee) June 16, 2023
GONZAGA PODCASTER AND FORMER TROJANS WIRE WRITER REACTS!
This is the night after the Pac-12 title game for football(also in Vegas) which USC should be in. Woooooooo boy this could be the greatest weekend of all time. https://t.co/eD6rNs8BrR
— Will D (@wfdelong) June 16, 2023
WASHINGTON FANS COULD HAVE A WEEKEND TOO
So if UW is in conference championship on Friday, December 1…🤔 https://t.co/LZlXN3DYza
— Troy Hunter (@troybhunter) June 16, 2023
We’ll we’ll we’ll lol 👀. Wonder how much these tickets gone run https://t.co/KYta39pP4P
— Lincoln Riley saved USC (@IDKMAN30) June 16, 2023
MORE VEGAS GAMES
Awesome matchup, but yet another neutral site game. Trojans may as well just rent a space in Vegas this season. https://t.co/T8ADU646om
— Will (@ShootyHoopsWill) June 16, 2023
USC doing everything possible to capitalize off that Bronny James hype train https://t.co/IwhNNgb8cj
— Neal D (@neald_93) June 16, 2023
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
Gonzaga playing USC in basketball in Vegas the same weekend as the Pac12 football championship is another reason why I’m most likely going to be there…again.
— 🍍Andy Splatz🍍 (@AndySplatz) June 16, 2023
GONZAGA WAS ELITE THAT YEAR
Remember when people thought USC and the Mobley Brothers’ length could bother Gonzaga in the Elite Eight and they went out and scored 49 points in the first half? That was fun.
— Steven Karr (@SKarrG0) June 16, 2023
Gonzaga’s non-conference schedule is (once again) no joke:
Best preseason schedule in the country?
— Arden Independence Cravalho (@a_cravalho) June 16, 2023