The USC Trojans men’s basketball team is generating significant buzz ahead of the 2023-24 season, and the excitement reached new heights when Ken Pomeroy’s ratings were unveiled. USC landed at an impressive No. 21 in the preseason rankings, outperforming even their crosstown rivals UCLA.
- USC Trojans claim the No. 21 spot in KenPom Ratings for the 2023-24 season.
- Only the Arizona Wildcats (No. 6) ranked higher within the Pac-12.
- USC boasts a deep and talented roster with standout players in both the backcourt and frontcourt.
The USC Trojans men’s basketball team is gearing up for what could be an electrifying season, and the recent release of Ken Pomeroy’s preseason ratings has further fueled the anticipation. These ratings, updated weekly throughout the season, provide a comprehensive assessment of teams, taking into account key analytics like offensive and defensive efficiency, as well as strength of schedule.
In this early assessment, the Trojans find themselves sitting comfortably at No. 21 in the nation. This ranking speaks volumes about the potential of this team and sets the stage for what could be a remarkable journey in the 2023-24 season.
What makes this ranking even more significant is that within the highly competitive Pac-12, only the Arizona Wildcats managed to secure a higher spot, claiming the No. 6 position. In a city known for its intense sports rivalries, the Trojans have also managed to outshine their crosstown foes, UCLA, who are positioned at No. 26 in the rankings.
One of the driving forces behind this surge in rankings is the Trojans’ exceptionally talented roster. Led by head coach Andy Enfield, the team boasts a dynamic backcourt featuring the likes of Boogie Ellis and Isaiah Collier, who are expected to be among the best in the nation. Additionally, the duo of Kobe Johnson and D.J. Rodman brings an impressive 3-and-D presence to the squad.
The frontcourt is equally formidable, with experienced players such as Josh Morgan and Harrison Hornery, alongside former McDonald’s All-American Kijani Wright and promising freshman Arrinten Page. The potential return of Vince Iwuchukwu and Bronny James, two exceptionally talented players, adds even more depth to an already stacked lineup.
As the Trojans prepare for the upcoming season, their non-conference schedule promises to be a rigorous test of their abilities. Coach Enfield has designed a challenging slate that includes matchups against formidable opponents like Kansas State (No. 25 in KenPom Ratings), Seton Hall, Iowa or Oklahoma, Gonzaga (No. 5), and Auburn (No. 15).
With the Trojans positioned at No. 21 and armed with a talented roster, they are poised to make a significant impact on the college basketball landscape in the 2023-24 season.
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