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2018–19 USC Trojans men's basketball team

2018–19 USC Trojans men's basketball
USC Trojans logo.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
2018–19 record16–17 (8–10 Pac-12)
Head coachAndy Enfield (6th season)
Assistant coaches
  • Jason Hart (6th season)
  • Chris Capko (3rd season)
  • Eric Mobley (1st season)
Home arenaGalen Center
Seasons
2018–19 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Washington 15 3   .833     27 9   .750
Arizona State 12 6   .667     23 11   .676
Utah 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Oregon State 10 8   .556     18 13   .581
Colorado 10 8   .556     23 13   .639
Oregon 10 8   .556     25 13   .658
UCLA 9 9   .500     17 16   .515
USC 8 10   .444     16 17   .485
Arizona 8 10   .444     17 15   .531
Stanford 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Washington State 4 14   .222     11 21   .344
California 3 15   .167     8 23   .258
Pac-12 Tournament winner

The 2018–19 USC Trojans men's basketball team represented the University of Southern California during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Led by sixth-year head coach Andy Enfield, they played their home games at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California as members of the Pac-12 Conference.

Previous season

The Trojans finished the season 24–12, 12–6 in Pac-12 play to finish in second place. As the No. 2 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, they defeated Oregon State in the quarterfinals and Oregon in the semifinals before losing to Arizona in the championship game. They were one of the last four teams not selected for the NCAA Tournament and as a result earned a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament, where they defeated UNC Asheville in the first round before losing to Western Kentucky in the second round.

Offseason

Departures

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for Departure
Kurt Karis G 6'1" 195 RS Senior Northbrook, Illinois Graduated
Elijah Stewart G 6'5" 195 Senior Deridder, Louisiana Graduated
Jordan McLaughlin G 6'1" 185 Senior Etiwanda, California Graduated
Chimezie Metu F 6'11" 225 Junior Lawndale, California Declared for 2018 NBA draft[1]
Harrison Henderson F 6'10" 225 Sophomore Dallas, Texas Transferred[2]

2018 Recruiting class

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Porter Jr.
SG
Seattle, WA Rainier Beach HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Feb 7, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Elijah Weaver
PG
Oldsmar, FL Oldsmar Christian School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Oct 23, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
J'Raan Brooks
PF
Seattle, WA Garfield HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Mar 11, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 84
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 30, 2017.

Roster

2018–19 USC Trojans men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Shaqquan Aaron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr Louisville Seattle, Washington
G 2 Jonah Mathews 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jr Santa Monica HS Santa Monica, California
G 3 Elijah Weaver 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Rockledge HS Cocoa, Florida
G 4 Kevin Porter Jr. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Fr Rainier Beach HS Seattle, Washington
G 5 Derryck Thornton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Jr Duke Los Angeles, California
G 12 Devin Fleming (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Valley View HS Moreno Valley, California
G 13 Charles O'Bannon Jr. Injured 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas, Nevada
G 15 McKay Anderson (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Pasadena City College La Cañada, California
F 25 Bennie Boatwright 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Village Christian Mission Hills, California
F 31 Nick Rakocevic 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr St. Joseph HS Chicago, Illinois
F 33 J'Raan Brooks 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Garfield HS Seattle, Washington
F 34 Victor Uyaelunmo 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Calvary Christian HS Miami, Florida
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

  • Sophomore Forward Jordan Usher transferred to Georgia Tech on December 31, 2018 after being suspended indefinitely for "unspecified conduct issues."

Schedule and results

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 6, 2018*
8:00 pm, P12N
Robert Morris
Hall of Fame Classic campus-site game
W 83–62  1–0
 20  Aaron   16  Rakocevic   6  Mathews  Galen Center (2,502)
Los Angeles, CA
November 11, 2018*
6:00 pm, P12N
Vanderbilt L 78–82  1–1
 19  Rakocevic   18  Rakocevic   2  Tied  Galen Center (3,804)
Los Angeles, CA
November 14, 2018*
7:00 pm, P12N
Stetson
Hall of Fame Classic campus-site game
W 95–59  2–1
 16  Tied   12  Rakocevic   3  Tied  Galen Center (1,533)
Los Angeles, CA
November 19, 2018*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. Texas Tech
Hall of Fame Classic semifinals
L 63–78  2–2
 15  Porter   9  Rakocevic   4  Thornton  Sprint Center 
Kansas City, MO
November 20, 2018*
4:00 pm, ESPN3
vs. Missouri State
Hall of Fame Classic consolation
W 99–80  3–2
 22  Boatwright   7  Tied   6  Thornton  Sprint Center 
Kansas City, MO
November 25, 2018*
4:00 pm, P12N
Cal State Bakersfield W 90–75  4–2
 22  Usher   9  Usher   5  Weaver  Galen Center (2,348)
Los Angeles, CA
November 28, 2018*
8:00 pm, P12N
Long Beach State W 75–65  5–2
 19  Rakocevic   12  Rakocevic   6  Thornton  Galen Center (2,031)
Los Angeles, CA
December 1, 2018*
1:30 pm, FOX
No. 5 Nevada L 61–73  5–3
 20  Rakocevic   12  Rakocevic   4  Tied  Galen Center (5,844)
Los Angeles, CA
December 7, 2018*
6:30 pm, FS1
vs. TCU
Basketball Hall of Fame Classic
L 61–96  5–4
 14  Boatwright   7  Rakocevic   7  Thornton  Staples Center 
Los Angeles, CA
December 15, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Oklahoma
Tulsa Showcase
L 70–81  5–5
 17  Rakocevic   15  Rakocevic   4  Thornton  BOK Center (7,170)
Tulsa, OK
December 18, 2018*
7:00 pm
at Santa Clara L 92–102 2OT 5–6
 22  Usher   9  Boatwright   5  Matthews  Leavey Center (2,226)
Santa Clara, CA
December 21, 2018*
8:00 pm, P12N
Southern Utah W 91–49  6–6
 21  Rakocevic   10  Boatwright   8  Thornton  Galen Center (3,125)
Los Angeles, CA
December 30, 2018*
6:00 pm, P12N
UC Davis W 73–55  7–6
 19  Boatwright   8  Boatwright   7  Matthews  Galen Center (3,127)
Los Angeles, CA
Pac-12 regular season
January 3, 2019
7:00 pm, P12N
California W 82–73  8–6
(1–0)
 27  Rakocevic   8  Rakocevic   12  Thornton  Galen Center (3,371)
Los Angeles, CA
January 6, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPNU
Stanford W 77–66  9–6
(2–0)
 23  Rakocevic   10  Rakocevic   9  Thornton  Galen Center (3,768)
Los Angeles, CA
January 10, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Oregon State L 74–79 OT 9–7
(2–1)
 37  Boatwright   8  Boatwright   3  Rakocevic  Gill Coliseum (4,935)
Corvallis, OR
January 13, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPNU
at Oregon L 60–81  9–8
(2–2)
 15  Mathews   8  Boatwright   5  Weaver  Matthew Knight Arena (8,148)
Eugene, OR
January 19, 2019
1:00 pm, CBS
UCLA
Rivalry
W 80–67  10–8
(3–2)
 21  Tied   12  Rakocevic   7  Aaron  Galen Center (5,226)
Los Angeles, CA
January 24, 2019
6:00 pm, FS1
Arizona W 80–57  11–8
(4–2)
 27  Rakocevic   12  Tied   5  Tied  Galen Center (4,125)
Los Angeles, CA
January 26, 2019
5:00 pm, ESPN2
Arizona State W 69–67  12–8
(5–2)
 17  Boatwright   9  Rakocevic   6  Thornton  Galen Center (5,111)
Los Angeles, CA
January 30, 2019
8:00 pm, FS1
at Washington L 62–75  12–9
(5–3)
 22  Boatwright   10  Rakocevic   4  Tied  Alaska Airlines Arena (9,121)
Seattle, WA
February 2, 2019
4:00 pm, P12N
at Washington State W 93–84  13–9
(6–3)
 25  Rakocevic   13  Rakocevic   6  Thornton  Beasley Coliseum (2,559)
Pullman, WA
February 6, 2019
8:00 pm, P12N
Utah L 70–77  13–10
(6–4)
 18  Mathews   12  Boatwright   4  Thornton  Galen Center (2,952)
Los Angeles, CA
February 9, 2019
7:00 pm, ESPNU
Colorado L 65–69  13–11
(6–5)
 24  Boatwright   7  Thornton   4  Boatwright  Galen Center (3,974)
Los Angeles, CA
February 13, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Stanford L 76–79  13–12
(6–6)
 19  Boatwright   11  Rakocevic   3  Tied  Maples Pavilion (5,052)
Stanford, CA
February 16, 2019
5:00 pm, P12N
at California W 89–66  14–12
(7–6)
 36  Boatwright   11  Rakocevic   7  Thornton  Haas Pavilion (7,345)
Berkeley, CA
February 21, 2019
6:00 pm, ESPN
Oregon W 66–49  15–12
(8–6)
 20  Boatwright   6  Tied   3  Tied  Galen Center (3,425)
Los Angeles, CA
February 23, 2019
3:00 pm, P12N
Oregon State L 62–67  15–13
(8–7)
 15  Matthews   10  Porter Jr.   6  Thornton  Galen Center (4,772)
Los Angeles, CA
February 28, 2019
6:00 pm, ESPN
at UCLA
Rivalry
L 88–93 OT 15–14
(8–8)
 25  Boatwright   15  Boatwright   7  Aaron  Pauley Pavilion (12,427)
Los Angeles, CA
March 7, 2019
7:00 pm, FS1
at Utah L 74–83  15–15
(8–9)
 20  Boatwright   8  Rakocevic   5  Weaver  Jon M. Huntsman Center (11,007)
Salt Lake City, UT
March 9, 2019
2:00 pm, P12N
at Colorado L 67–78  15–16
(8–10)
 17  Rakocevic   10  Rakocevic   4  Weaver  CU Events Center (9,379)
Boulder, CO
Pac-12 Tournament
March 13, 2019
12:00 pm, P12N
(8) vs. (9) Arizona
First round
W 78–65  16–16
 22  Boatwright   11  Boatwright   4  Boatwright  T-Mobile Arena 
Paradise, NV
March 14, 2019
12:00 pm, P12N
(8) vs. (1) Washington
Quarterfinals
L 75–78  16–17
 17  Tied    17  Rakocevic   7  Boatwright  T-Mobile Arena 
Paradise, NV
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

References

  1. ^ Williams, James H. "San Antonio Spurs select USC's Chimezie Metu in the NBA Draft". OCRegister.com. The Orange County Register. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  2. ^ Kaufman, Joey. "USC sophomore forward Harrison Henderson to transfer". OCRegister.com. The Orange County Register. Retrieved 23 June 2018.