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How do USC and Southern Methodist match up?

How do USC and Southern Methodist match up?
USC point guard Jordan McLaughlin looks on during USC's victory in a First Four game against Providence on Wednesday. Southern Methodist has had more than four days to prepare for USC. (Joe Robbins / Getty Images)

USC-SOUTHERN METHODIST MATCHUP

WHO: No. 11 USC (25-9) vs. No. 6 Southern Methodist (30-4).

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WHAT: NCAA East Regional first round, Friday, 12:10 PDT.

WHERE: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. TV: TruTV; Radio: 710.

UPDATE: When USC defeated the Mustangs in November, "A lot of people said 'So what? You beat SMU.'" USC Coach Andy Enfield said. "And I was trying to tell people that SMU is going to be one of the best teams we face all year."

As it turned out, USC wouldn't have made the NCAA tournament if not for the win. Both schools have reason to gripe about seeding. USC has now reached a program-record 25 wins — and had four more wins than any other at-large team in the First Four round. Southern Methodist reached 30 wins, lost only one game since the start of December, won their league — and was given a No. 6 seed.

The Trojans used (what else?) a second-half comeback to win in the team's first meeting, sparked by freshman De'Anthony Melton. The Mustangs have had more than four days to prepare for USC. As for the Trojans, they chartered out of Dayton, Ohio, early Thursday morning. They landed in Tulsa about 3 a.m. Some players strapped into leg compression sleeves for recovery before sleeping.

Enfield said he got three hours of rest. "When you wake up your mind is racing and you have a game to prepare for," Enfield said.

SMU

STARTERS

Player; Ht; Wt; PPG; P

Shake Milton; 6-6; 205; 13.1; G

Jarrey Foster; 6-6; 220; 9.9; G

Sterling Brown; 6-6; 230; 13.3; G

Semi Ojeleye; 6-7; 235; 18.9; F

Ben Moore; 6-8; 220; 11.6; F

RESERVES

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Ben Emelogu II; 6-5; 215; 4.4; G

Dashawn McDowell; 6-5; 2185; 1.4; G

Jonathan Wilfong; 6-3; 285; 0.4; G

USC

STARTERS

Player; Ht; Wt; PPG; P

Jordan McLaughlin; 6-1; 180; 13.2; G

De'Anthony Melton; 6-4; 190; 8.5; G

Elijah Stewart; 6-5; 190; 12.0; G

Bennie Boatwright; 6-10; 230; 15.1; F

Chimezie Metu; 6-11; 225; 14.5; F

RESERVES

Shaqquan Aaron; 6-7; 190; 8.0; G

Jonah Mathews; 6-3; 185; 7.3; G

Nick Rakocevic; 6-11; 215; 5.3; F

Follow Zach Helfand on Twitter @zhelfand

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