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USC joins San Diego State in Wooden Legacy on Thanksgiving

Trojans Wire logo Trojans Wire 5/22/2021 Matt Zemek
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The USC Trojans’ 2021-22 basketball schedule is coming into focus.

The Trojans didn’t get to play many nonconference games last season because of the pandemic, its disruptive effects, and the logistical complexities involved in traveling outside state borders and having other teams come into the state of California.

In this next season, college basketball teams should be able to play a full schedule or something very close to it. The familiar holiday tournaments — such as the Wooden Legacy — are back.

The Trojans will dive into the action.

It was announced earlier this week that USC will participate in the Wooden Legacy on Thanksgiving weekend. The Trojans will go to the Anaheim Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 26, for a two-game set.

San Diego State, Georgetown, and St. Joseph’s round out the four-team field. One would expect USC and San Diego State to be in separate games, setting up the possibility they could meet in the final on Friday. The matchups haven’t been announced yet, and neither have ticket prices or other related pieces of information.

While Georgetown did make the NCAA Tournament this past season, the Hoyas were thrashed by Colorado in the Round of 64. Georgetown made the NCAA field because it caught fire at the Big East Tournament. The Hoyas wouldn’t have made any postseason tournament had they failed to win the Big East Tournament.

USC and San Diego State are clearly the two best teams in this field. If the Trojans and Aztecs do meet in the final, USC would get another look at Matt Bradley. The formidable scorer was part of the California Golden Bears this past season. He transferred to San Diego State and makes the Aztecs the preseason favorite in the Mountain West Conference. SDSU is viewed as a legitimate Sweet 16 threat in 2022.

USC can use an early-season test on that scale.

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