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USC opens Pac-12 Conference basketball play, hosting Washington

USC opens Pac-12 Conference basketball play, hosting Washington
Bennie Boatwright, front, and his USC teammates enjoy themselves after winning the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic against New Mexico State on Dec. 25, 2017 in Honolulu. (Darryl Oumi / Getty Images)

TONIGHT VS. WASHINGTON

When: 7:30.

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Where: Galen Center.

On the air: TV: Pac-12 Networks; Radio: 690.

Update: USC (9-4) finished its nonconference schedule on a high note, defeating Akron, Middle Tennessee and New Mexico State to win the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. … Junior Bennie Boatwright, ejected early in the Trojans’ tournament opener, scored a career-high 33 points in the championship game. … The Trojans have scored 80 points or more in six of their last seven games. … USC has given up 73 points a game, 205th in the country. … USC assistant Jason Hart and associate head coach Tony Bland, who is on administrative leave, played at Syracuse for first-year Washington Coach Mike Hopkins during Hopkins’ time as an assistant. Hopkins, from Laguna Hills, played basketball at Santa Ana Mater Dei High. … Washington (10-3) delivered one of the biggest upsets of the nonconference schedule when it defeated then-No. 2 Kansas this month. … USC was 3-0 against Washington last season.

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