The Trojan men’s water polo team host the NCAA tournament starting Saturday, where they will strive for not only a perfect season but also their fifth consecutive national championship.
USC get’s to defend its 2011 championship title in their own pool at McDonald Swim Stadium for the first time in school history. The Trojans are 27-0 this season, and carry a 29-game winning streak extending back to their 2011 title run, which put USC down in the record books as the first-ever men’s water polo team to four-peat national championships.
Starting Saturday, Dec. 1, the top-seeded Trojans first challenge the No. 4 Air Force (19-10) at 1 p.m. Later, No. 2 UCLA (27-4) faces No. 3 seed St. Francis Brooklyn (16-8) at 3:12 p.m. The third place game takes place is set for Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m., and the battle for the 2012 national championship is slated for just after 3 p.m.
The Trojans are just two games away from making history once again, and it is very possible they will have to face their cross-town rivals, the Bruins.
After the tournament, USC water polo head coach Jovan Vavic will serve as the interim head coach for the U.S. water polo team. He will lead that program through qualifications for next summer’s World Championships, and then resume his role with USC.
For fans looking to get in on the action, the NCAA is steaming the tournament live, here.