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The USC Trojans men’s basketball team is a Division I program for the University of Southern California. The team is located in Los Angeles, California and plays their home games at the Galen Center. The Galen Center has a capacity of 10,258 people and opened in 2006. The team plays in the Pacific 12 Conference. The team is currently coached by Kevin O'Neill. In O’Neill’s three-year tenure with the team, they have been very up and down, racking up a 41-55 record with one NCAA Tournament berth in 2011.
The Trojans have played against conference foes since 1922; however, they have always been more of a football school than a basketball one. The team won its first conference championship in 1928, and since that point, has reached only tepid amounts of success. In 1940, the team made its first NCAA Tournament appearance, making it all the way to the Final Four. The next time the team made the NCAA Tournament was in 1954, where they would once again reach the Final Four. This would be the team’s final appearance in the Final Four to date. Since that time, the team has been mired in a variety of scandals and despite reaching the tournament fourteen more times, they have been unable to recapture that early success.
The Trojans have reached a high measure of success in the NBA Draft, with 49 players going on to be drafted. Of those, eleven have been selected in the first round. Most recently, Nikola Vucevic was drafted with the 16th overall selection in the 2011 draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. The team has featured three Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year award winners in Wayne Carlander in 1985, Harold Miner in 1992, and Sam Clancy in 2002. Harold Miner also won National Player of the Year honors in 1992.
USC has two main rivals, the first being the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This long-standing rivalry is mainly between the two football teams; however, it crosses over to the basketball teams as well. USC’s biggest rivalry game is their annual meetings with the UCLA Bruins. These crosstown foes have a longstanding academic and athletic rivalry, spurred on by their close proximity.