The Trojans were No. 22 in the preseason edition of the poll. They moved up two spots after beating Kansas State and then Cal State Bakersfield this past week. USC has gotten off to a good start this season, led by Isaiah Collier and Boogie Ellis. Kobe Johnson played well in the opener against Kansas State but suffered an injury which caused him to miss the Bakersfield game.
USC is still waiting for the return of Vince Iwuchukwu to the lineup. He had back problems late last season which caused him to miss both the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments.
USC also hopes Bronny James can return to the court after suffering cardiac arrest in July. No timetable yet exists for a return, though Bronny is supposed to have a medical checkup later in November which will presumably determine when he might be cleared to resume basketball activity and eventually play.
Here is the full poll below:
Kansas plays Kentucky Tuesday, November 14.
Purdue beat Xavier on Monday and is unbeaten.
Arizona won at Duke on Friday and looks like the team to beat in the Pac-12, which is not what USC wanted to see.
The defending national champions are a top-four team.
MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES
Marquette and UConn will battle it out in the Big East this season.
Houston is playing great defense early in the season.
Creighton made the Elite Eight last season and is a top-eight team right now.
The Vols scored a quality win over Wisconsin.
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Duke lost to Arizona and now plays Michigan State on November 14.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS
The Owls remain one of the most fascinating teams in the country.
Miami survived a close game against Florida International on Monday.
Gonzaga plays USC on December 2.
Baylor is 3-0 and in the top 15.
Arkansas won on Monday night to remain unbeaten.
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TEXAS A&M AGGIES
A&M won a big game against Ohio State.
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The Wildcats play No. 1 Kansas on November 14.
The Longhorns are an intriguing team after their Elite Eight run last season.
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North Carolina hasn’t been tested yet this season.
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The Spartans are one of the worst 3-point-shooting teams in the country. They lost at home to James Madison and fell more than a dozen spots in the poll relative to the preseason edition.
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USC looks good. Getting players healthy is a huge key for this team, which currently doesn’t have a lot of depth.
Alabama is a work in progress this season after losing some NBA-level players from last season’s team.
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SAINT MARY'S GAELS
Saint Mary’s suffered a brutal loss on Sunday at home against Weber State, blowing a 14-point lead in the last 12 minutes. SMC went nearly seven minutes without scoring a point. The Gaels were 5 of 27 on 3-pointers and committed 15 turnovers in an atrocious offensive performance.