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USC basketball schedules home-and-home with Kansas

USC always has one member of college basketball royalty on its schedule, with the UCLA Bruins across town. But the next two years, the Trojans will get another one, as USC announced Thursday that it will play a home-and-home series with the Kansas Jayhawks.

The first game will take place at Kansas this December, as the Trojans will travel to Phog Allen Fieldhouse on Dec. 19, 2020.

The return trip will be just about one year later, as the Jayhawks visit Galen Center on Dec. 21, 2021.

This coming season will already feature a bit of a schedule tweak, as the Pac-12 announced that teams will play 20 conference games. The Trojans will add a home game with Stanford and a road game against Oregon State to what their scheduled originally was.

That means USC will play 10 games at home (every team except Cal) and 10 games on the road (every team except Oregon).

But this trip to Kansas will be the headliner, as the Jayhawks were set to be named the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled.

The Kansas program might be in a bit of a flux moving forward, considering the Jayhawks are facing an NCAA infractions hearing concerning five Level I violations. But as for the roster makeup as it currently stands, Kansas will likely lose its top two scorers as 7-foot center Udoka Azubuike has exhausted his eligibility and sophomore guard Devon Dotson could enter the upcoming NBA draft.

Dotson led the Jayhawks with 18.1 points per game, while Azubuike was second with 13.7 points, and led the team by a large margin with his 10.5 rebounds per game. Of course, Kansas is always the destination for top recruits, and the Jayhawks will welcome standout shooting guard Bryce Thompson, and four-star big man Gethro Muscadin.

USC will counter with five-star center Evan Mobley, who the Trojans hope can fill the hole created by the early departure of star true freshman Onyeka Okongwu to the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Trojans will also head into next season without longtime reliable pieces in graduating seniors Nick Rakocevic and Jonah Mathews, as well as one-year graduate transfer additions in Daniel Utomi and Quinton Adlesh. The Trojans will also need to find some depth behind point guard Ethan Anderson, as Kyle Sturdivant recently entered his name onto the transfer portal.

USC basketball has had some additions of late, as graduate transfer shooting guard Tahj Eaddy is headed to USC from Santa Clara. The Trojans also nabbed four-star 2021 prospect Reese Waters-Dixon.

USC basketball has not announced any other non-conference opponents at this time.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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