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Galen Center, the home of USC Trojan Basketball since 2006 after spending 47 years in the Sports Arena. Photo courtesy of pinterest.com

 

PART TWO OF A TWO-PART SERIES

Part one of this series, written on November 12th, covered the college hoops program generally considered as the best in the SoCal area, UCLA’s Bruins.

Now we will take a look at the nine other teams that call the greater Los Angeles area home, starting with UCLA’s longtime crosstown rival…

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC) TROJANS

Arena: Galen Center, capacity 10,258

2014-15 Record: 12-20, 3-15 and last place in the Pac-12 Conference

Last Winning Season: 2010-11; 19 wins, 15 losses

Last Time In The NCAA Tournament: 2010-11

Coach: Andy Enfield (3rd season, 23-41 overall record)

Key Players (last year’s averages):

Nikola Jovanovic – 6’11” Jr. F, 12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg

Jordan McLaughlin – 6’1″ so. G, 12.1 ppg, 4.5 apg

Julian Jacobs – 6’4″ Jr. G, 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg

Current Record: 2-0, beat Monmouth in most recent game on November 16th, 101-90

 

USC Trojan Basketball – Highlights vs San Diego, November 13, 2015 (Trojans Won, 83-45)

 

A Brief Outlook: The best one-word description of these Trojans: PROCESS.

They haven’t been very good the past few years as their place in the shadow of their football counterparts has been reinforced; that’s no secret.

However, Enfield has signed some talented recruits, and ‘SC expects to be more competitive this year if not contenders for the postseason.

 

UC Irvine's Mamadou Ndiaye, left, of Senegal, is defended by UC Riverside's Cheick Thiero during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big West Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

UC Irvine’s Mamadou Ndiaye, left, of Senegal, is defended by UC Riverside’s Cheick Thiero during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big West Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Photo courtesy of theepochtimes.com

UC IRVINE ANTEATERS

Arena: Bren Events Center, capacity 4,984

2014-15 Record: 21-13, 11-5 and tied for second place in the Big West Conference

Big West Tournament Champions, beating Hawaii 67-58

Reached second round of the NCAA Tournament as a #13 seed, losing to 4th seeded Louisville 57-55

Coach: Russell Turner

Key Players:

Mamadou Ndiaye (tallest player in Division 1 basketball; pictured above) – 7’6″ Jr. C

Mike Best – 6’10” Sr. F

Luke Nelson – 6’3″ Jr. G

Current Record: 2-0, beat LMU 77-53 in most recent game on November 15th

Note: With Best and especially Ndiaye returning, those Anteaters will certainly be a force in the paint, with rebounding a definite strength.

 

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The UC Santa Barbara Pep Band during a game. Love those serapes! Photo courtesy of toledoblade.com

UC SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS

Arena: The Thunderdome, capacity 5,600

2014-15 Record: 19-14, 11-5 and third place in the Big West Conference

Coach: Bob Williams

Key Players:

John Green – 6’5″ Sr. G

Gabe Vincent – 6’3″ So. G

Current Record: 1-1, lost to California 85-67 in most recent game on November 16th.

 

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Long Beach State batttling against national power North Carolina at the Walter Pyramid on campus. Photo courtesy of gazettes.com

LONG BEACH STATE 49ERS

Arena: Walter Pyramid, capacity 5,000

2014-15 Record: 16-17, 10-6 and fourth place in the Big West Conference

Coach: Dan Monson

Key Players:

Roschon Prince (transfer from USC) – 6’6″ So. F

Branford Jones – 6’1″ So. G

Current Record: 2-0, beat BYU 66-65 in most recent game on November 16th.

Note: SoCal Sports Annals send its prayers to Long Beach State student Nohemi Gonzalez, who was among the 129 people killed in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

 

UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS

Arena: Student Recreation Center, capacity 3,168

2014-15 Record: 14-17, 7-9 and sixth place in the Big West Conference

Coach: Bob Williams

Key Players:

Taylor Johns – 6’7″ Sr. F

Jaylen Brand – 6’3″ Sr. G

Gentrey Thomas – 6’4″ Jr. G

Current Record: 1-0, beating William Jessup 100-68 on November 14th. Will play Santa Clara tonight.

 

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Cal State Northridge coach Reggie Theus coaching Tre Hale Edmerson (#11) during a game. Photo courtesy of sacbee.com

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE MATADORS

Arena: Matadome, capacity 1,600

2014-15 Record: 9-24, 4-12 and eighth place in the Big West Conference

Coach: Reggie Theus (pictured above)

Key Players: 

Jason Richardson – 6’2″ Fr. G

Tavrion Dawson – 6’8″ So. F

Micheal Warren – 6’5″ So. G

Current Record: 1-2, lost to South Dakota 76-72 in most recent game on November 15th.

Note: Entering his second year as CSUN’s coach, Theus brings much to the table as he enjoyed a 13-year NBA career, notably with the Kings both in Kansas City and Sacramento. He also played a coach in the 1990s NBC Saturday morning series Hang Time  for the show’s first three seasons.

 

CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS

Arena: Titan Gym, capacity 4,000

2014-15 Record: 9-22, 1-15 and last place in the Big West Conference

Coach: Dedrique Taylor

Key Players:

Malcolm Brooks – 6’5″ Sr. G

Kennedy Esume – 6’10” Sr. C (currently averaging 19 rebounds a game)

Tre Coggins – 6’2″ Jr. G

Current Record: 0-1, lost to LMU 79-74 on November 13th. Will play Pacific tonight.

 

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A shot of Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, home to Pepperdine’s Waves hoops team. Photo courtesy of pinterest.com

PEPPERDINE WAVES

Arena: Firestone Fieldhouse, capacity 3,104

2014-15 Record: 18-14, 10-8 and fourth place in the West Coast Conference

Coach: Marty Wilson

Key Players:

Lamond Murray, Jr – 6’5″ Jr. G

Stacy Davis – 6’6″ Sr. F

Jeremy Major – 5’10” Jr. G

Current Record: 1-1, beat San Diego Christian College 91-49 on November 16th. Will play UCLA on Thursday, November 19th.

 

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS

Arena: Gersten Pavilion, capacity 4,156

2014-15 Record: 8-23, 4-14 and tied for last place in the West Coast Conference

Coach: Mike Dunlop

Key Players:

Adam Jacko – 6’8″ Jr. F

Brandon Brown – 5’11” Jr. G

Current Record: 1-1, lost to UC Irvine 77-53 on November 15th.

Note: It’s hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Hank Gathers’ tragic death on the Gersten Pavilion court and the subsequent run to the Elite Eight by those Lions. That team, as well as Gathers, will always be remembered.

 

 

Southern California forward Darion Clark, right, shoots as Monmouth center Chris Brady defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Southern California forward Darion Clark, right, shoots as Monmouth center Chris Brady defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Photo courtesy of collegebasketball.ap.org

 

 

 

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