USC hit the road to visit Vanderbilt
There's an interesting early-season test for the Trojans of USC as they leave the friendly confines of Southern California and head across to Nashville, TN to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Memorial Gymnasium.
USC is ranked 10th in the nation by the Associated Press and has taken its first two games over Call State Fullerton and North Dakota State.
The rout of the Titans was predictable, but the Bison gave the Trojans a useful challenge before falling 75-65 at the Galen Center in LA.
USC returns home next week to entertain Lehigh and Texas A & M and the Aggies should also give an indication as to the realistic expectations for the Trojans this year.
USC entered the campaign in unfamiliar territory, considered the second best team in the Pac-12 Conference behind the Arizona Wildcats and ahead of the UCLA Bruins.
The Trojans normally have the upper hand in football over the Bruins, but UCLA has ruled Southern California in college hoops for a long time.
One place below USC in the AP Poll are the Hurricanes of Miami. The Hurricanes crushed Gardner-Webb, Navy and Florida A & M in their first three outings although the 90-59 win over the latter was somewhat dampened by the loss of Lonnie Walker with a twisted ankle.
Walker is expected to play on Wednesday when Miami takes on the Explorers of La Salle at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA, which just happens to be Walker's hometown.
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