NCAA Tournament bracketology: USC men’s basketball still on the bubble

Right now, two of the top ‘bracketologists’ say the Trojans will make the 68-team NCAA Tournament field

Will USC men’s basketball be in or out?

Right now, two of the top bracketologists say the Trojans will make the 68-team NCAA Tournament field.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi updated his most recent bracket projections on Monday and listed USC as one of the last four teams in. CBS Sports analyst Jerry Palm also updated his predicted bracket on Monday. He too lists USC as one of the last four teams in, playing against Mississippi State in a first four game in Dayton.

After USC beat Cal 97-60 on Thursday night, USC head coach Andy Enfield was asked about whether he looks at tournament predictions from analysts. He responded:

“It’s still very early. We look at [the projections] to an extent. The NET rankings are one metric the selection committee will use. The NET doesn’t make much sense to me sometimes because you see some teams that haven’t beaten a Power Six team all year and their NET is in the the top 20 in the country. How does that happen? I think they’ll make the best decision when the season is done. We have a lot of basketball left so we don’t get too worried about the bracketologists or the NET right now. Right now, what we’re concerned about is improving as a team and controlling what we can control because we have some great opportunities ahead of us.”

The Trojans are currently at No. 56 nationally in the NET rankings. 

USC returns to action on Thursday night on the road against Colorado. Tip off is at 6 pm. 

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