USC basketball is deep in the midst of a slump, suffering double-digit losses to Stanford and Cal over the weekend. However, bracketology experts still place the Trojans in the No. 8 seed range.
Just a few weeks ago, USC basketball was a rising prospect, earning projections as high as a No. 4 seed for the NCAA tournament. Now, having lost their fifth game in six, the Trojans are scrambling to right the ship before post-season crunch time.
The good news is, the men of Troy are still hanging on to a place in bracket projections, averaging an No. 8 seed according to BracketMatrix.com.
In CBS’s projections, USC is a No. 8 seed set to play Syracuse in the first round in the South region. ESPN also projects that same match up between USC as the No. 8 and Syracuse as the No. 9 in the Midwest region.
Yahoo! Sports predictions also have the Trojans at No. 8, though they’re in danger of dropping to a lower seed on the Big Board.
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TeamRankings.com currently has USC among bubble teams with a 55.4% chance of making the tournament as a No. 12 seed.
On Sunday, Andy Enfield’s team started well against Cal but collapsed midway through the first half and were never able to regain their footing. The 87-65 loss was the second straight 20-point loss by USC after they were similarly handled by Stanford on Thursday night.
The Trojans have now lost five of their last six. They finished the Pac-12 road slate with six consecutive away losses. Now USC returns home to finish out the regular season against Oregon State and Oregon at the Galen Center, hoping to use their exceptional home form to turn the momentum of the season around.