For the fourth time in a row, the USC Trojans are going dancing in March.
If we’re being technical, one of those years doesn’t totally count because the tournament wasn’t played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Trojans qualified for March Madness that year, and they’re back at it again three years later.
Hopefully things end a little better than they did last time around.
USC fell to Miami last year, but while stars like Evan Mobley left shortly after for the NBA, the Trojans are back. Similarly they’re facing a notable matchup against a school that some are favoring to go on a bit of a run.
On Selection Sunday, the Trojans learned that they’d be meeting Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans in the Round of 64.
Maybe it’s a case of acting like they’ve been here before, but it’s hard to overlook how underwhelmed the Spartans are when they were announed on Selection Sunday as opponents of USC.
In the annual candid or plandid moment when teams are announed in the bracket and cameras capture their reactions, Michigan State looked decidedly ‘meh’ about punching their ticket to play the Trojans.
To be fair, Michigan State is the No. 7 seed and appear to be the early favorites, but it’s still satisfying to think of the Trojans having won the first mental game of the matchup.
Mcighan State has had their fair share of tournament scares over the years, and USC is hoping to give them another one this year. Fans will have to wait until Friday, though, as the Spartans and Trojans meet in the basketball collesuem on the final day of the first round of games this year.
Maybe Michigan State will get a little more enthused by then, but it just goes to show how big of a sleep USC could be in the tournament.