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History of SC Hoops: Top 25 all time teams, #s 25 to 21

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  • History of SC Hoops: Top 25 all time teams, #s 25 to 21

    Now that we are in the dog days of summer, I've done a countdown of USCs 25 all time best teams.

    First, Honorable Mention goes to the teams from 1982, 2017 and 1934. Now, from team #25 we will count down to team #1

    #25 - 2022, Andy Enfield, 26-8

    Was ranked as high at #5 after getting off to a 13-0 start, finished 3rd in the Conference, but lost to 10 seed Miami in the first round of the NCAAT. It will be a reoccurring theme in this list of SC teams starting off great, then fading later in the season. Led by Isaiah Mobley and Drew Peterson.

    #24 - 1973, Bob Boyd, 18-10

    1972 was a disappointing year as SC was preseason #3, but finished 16-10. Bouncing back, 1973 was the fourth time SC finished 2nd in the Conference behind National Champion UCLA, which was 30-0 behind Bill Walton in 73.. Played in the NIT, but lost to ND in the first round. This was the first of a solid three year run led by future NBA first teamer Gus Williams.

    #23 - 1933, Sam Barry, 18-5, first in Southern Division

    SC lost one conference game all year, but lost 2-1 to Oregon St in the Conference Championship series. SC was led by Lee Guttero and their first ever Consensus All American Jerry Nemer.

    #22 - 1991, George Raveling, 19-10

    Raveling and SC finally got things back on track, finishing the year on a 10-3 run, including a huge win at home against #5 Arizona, with Miner scoring 36 points. SC would finish 19-9, Raveling's first winning season at SC, third in the P10, and make their first NCAAT since 1985. This team had the distinction of having the top two scorers in SC history, Harold Miner and Ronnie Coleman.

    #21- 1985, Stan Morrison, 19-10

    The last SC team to win a Conference championship, which they split with Washington. Led by Pac 10 Player of the Year Wayne Carlander, SC won both games against UCLA in OT, including a wild 4 OT game at Pauley against Reggie Miller, with Carlander scoring 38 points. Couldn't make a free throw through at the end of the last game of the season against AC Green and OSU to win SC's first outright conference championship in 24 years, and lost in the first round of the NCAAT.

    Next up, #s 20 through 16