USC begins demanding part of schedule Sunday against Texas A&M

USC forward Chimezie Metu (4) celebrates after making a shot in overtime against Vanderbilt on Nov. 19.
(Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

No. 10-ranked USC enters the most demanding stretch of its nonconference season with the highest-ranked opponent on its schedule, No. 16 Texas A&M.

How rare is a matchup like this? This will be only the second matchup between ranked teams at the Galen Center.

These two teams met a year ago, when the Trojans defeated the Aggies, 65-63, on Chimezie Metu’s go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left.

The Trojans (4-0) rolled over Lehigh on Wednesday. Jonah Mathews had 18 points and seven rebounds.

Texas A&M (5-0) hasn’t won by fewer than 11 points and has an 88-65 victory over No. 23 West Virginia. Forward D.J. Hogg averages 17.2 points per game. The team has made more than half of its field-goal attempts.


Game time is 7 p.m. at Galen Center. The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks and can be heard on 710 AM radio.

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