How to watch USC basketball vs. California Baptist preview: Evan Mobley’s long awaited debut

USC basketball forward Evan Mobley. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
USC basketball forward Evan Mobley. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /

USC basketball will open the 2020 season against California Baptist

Against all odds, the 2020-21 USC basketball season has arrived. The Trojans start the campaign at the Galen Center on Wednesday night against California Baptist.

This year’s USC basketball team will look quite a bit different from last year’s. Gone are Onyek Okongwu, Jonah Mathews, Nick Rakocevic and Daniel Utomi, four key figures from the 2019-20 season.

Familiar faces returning include point guard Ethan Anderson, forward Isaiah Mobley and forward Max Agbonkpolo.

All eyes will be on the newcomers on Wednesday night though. The biggest name is Evan Mobley, Isaiah’s brother and the 6-foot-11 center who ranked No. 3 in the class of 2020. He is already on several Player of the Year watch lists.

Mobley won’t be the only player Trojan fans will be introduced to on Wednesday. USC will welcome transfers like guards Noah Baumann, Tahj Eaddy and Drew Peterson and forward Chevez Goodwin.

California Baptist was second in the Western Athletic Conference last year under head coach Rich Croy. This year, a largely rebuilt Lancers roster was picked to finish fourth in the conference. Their leading scorer back from last year is Ty Rowell, who only played in eight games before injury and averaged 8.1 points per game. That should show just how much change they have undergone as well.

The Lancers are expected to be led by Florida graduate transfer Gorjok Gak at center with two more grad transfers in Elijah Thomas, formerly of Saint Mary’s, and Mark Carbone, formerly of New Hampshire.

USC basketball TV channel listings:

DirecTV: —Dish: Channel 406/409AT&T U-Verse: Channel 759/1759 OR 761/1761FiOS TV from Frontier: Channel 91/591 OR 581Spectrum Cable: Channel 375/376Need more? Click here for the Pac-12 Channel Finder.

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USC basketball odds: -19

The Trojans are a big favorite over CBU, checking in as a 19-point favorite.

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