USC basketball has entered March under quite a bit of scrutiny. One may be wondering how, but the team is for some reason ranked 21st in the AP Poll despite having more wins than all but four Power 5 teams in the entire nation. SC had one bad week and plummeted.
Unfortunately, the oddsmakers are disagreeing with the poll voters. How could that be unfortunate, you ask? Well, it's unfortunate because they are even lower on SC than the poll. WynnBET has SC tied for the 25th-best odds in the nation at +10,000. They are tied with nine other teams, too.
Let's drop in which teams the USC Trojans (25-6, ranked No. 21) are given the same championship odds as:
--Xavier (18-12, nowhere close to the ranking)
--Oregon (18-13, nowhere close to the ranking, just lost to USC in Eugene 10 days ago)
--Oklahoma (17-14, nowhere close to the ranking)
--North Carolina (23-8, ranked No. 25)
--Michigan (17-13, nowhere close to the ranking)
--Miami (22-9, nowhere close to the ranking)
--Memphis (19-9, unranked)
--Marquette (19-11, nowhere close to the ranking)
--Indiana (18-12, nowhere close to the ranking)
Whoever made these rankings has not watched a single USC basketball game this year.
That much I know, because other than UNC, USC basketball is significantly better than all these teams. That's obvious due to their awful records and missed rankings. UNC is the only team that could hang with USC, and SC is still much better as evidenced by their ranking four spots ahead and multiple more wins in a tougher conference this year.
I don't think that whoever made this list knows that many of the teams they have listed as having the same chance as SC to win the tournament may not even make the tournament. Some of them are also LIKELY to not make the tournament. The disrespect to USC basketball never seems to end. I guess the Trojans will just have to prove the doubters wrong for a second year in a row.