USC in unfamiliar territory
The USC Trojans open the season on Friday at the Galen Center in Los Angeles against the Titans of Cal State Fullerton.
The Trojans are ranked #10 in the nation by the Associated Press and expected to challenge Arizona in the Pac-12 Conference.
It's high praise for the work that head coach Andy Enfield has done since coming over to USC, but the Trojans high ranking is in many ways based on their returning experience rather than individual excellence.
That's doesn't mean that USC won't be a factor in the Conference race, but rather a lot of things have to go right for them to contend.
Arizona on the other hand may well have both the best player in the Conference in Allonzo Trier and the best incoming freshman in Deandre Ayton.
That star power along with a useful overall squad had the Wildcats receiving 18 first place votes in the AP Preseason Top 25 Poll, good for third place in the nation behind the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan State Spartans and ahead of the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats.
Arizona opens their season against Northern Arizona on Friday and takes on UMBC and CSU Bakersfield before heading to the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament to face North Carolina State.
The Wildcats and Wolfpack are joined by Villanova, Purdue, Tennessee, SMU, Western Tennessee and Northern Iowa in the Bahamas with the tournament seeded with the expectation that Arizona and Villanova, ranked sixth in the AP Poll, meet in the Final.
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