The USC Trojans have been among the best teams in the Pac-12 all season. Head coach Andy Enfield is doing everything he can to get the Trojans back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2017. USC is 19-6 on the season and has one of the best players in the country in Evan Mobley. This was a big season for Enfield and so far he has delivered. Although they’re a long-shot to win the NCAA Tournament, Enfield has done enough that the program will get some national recognition.
Mobley is one of the most talented players in USC history. The freshman is averaging 16.4 points and 8.5 rebounds this season. He also leads the Pac-12 with 2.9 blocks per game. Mobley has a legitimate chance to win three major conference awards: He is a shoo-in to win Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and will certainly be in the running to also take home the Pac-12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year hardware as well. The 19-year-old is widely regarded as a top-five pick in this year’s NBA Draft, and with good reason. Mobley’s combination of size and athleticism make him a rare prospect. He can finish anything around the rim and has the basketball IQ to put it all together at the next level.
The defense. USC plays the best defense in the Pac-12, and is in the top-15 in the nation. Being able to rely on that defense, combined with the offensive production of Evan Mobley and Tahj Eddy, makes the Trojans a dangerous team. If that defense can turn any of the premier offenses in the tourney cold and the Trojans are knocking down shots, watch out.
Experience in big games. The Trojans only have one win against a ranked opponent this season, beating the Bruins, who were No. 21 at the time. USC lost both games against Colorado and hasn’t played many difficult non-conference opponents.