USC basketball will open Pac-12 schedule against Stanford on Dec. 13
After an unprecedented offseason kept USC from practicing indoors until a couple of weeks ago, a roadmap has been set for the return of Pac-12 basketball to something at least resembling normalcy.
A new 20-game conference schedule was officially announced Thursday, with five of 12 previously scheduled Pac-12 games adjusted to account for a delayed Nov. 25 start to the college basketball season. Two of those adjusted games include the Trojans, who will now face Stanford at the Galen Center on Dec. 13, before hitting the road for Oregon State on Dec. 20.
The remainder of league play is set to resume starting Dec. 30.
The adjustments are meant to allow for flexibility during the nonconference season. USC is currently slated to start its season at home on Nov. 25, before taking part in a nonconference tournament at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Connecticut the following week.
The Bruins’ and Trojans’ women’s basketball teams know they play in one of the nation’s toughest conferences. They hope that prepares them for the postseason.
The Trojans will open their regularly scheduled Pac-12 slate against Colorado and Utah at home during the week of Dec. 30. After that, USC will have trips to the Arizona schools and the Bay Area through January. In February, the Trojans will travel to the Washington schools before heading to Colorado and Utah in the final weekend of the month. They’ll finish the season with three straight road games, ending on either March 6 or 7 against UCLA.
The Pac-12 tournament is scheduled for the week after that, one year after it was canceled amid initial concerns about the novel coronavirus.
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