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History of USC Hoops: Top 25 all time teams, #s 16-20

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  • History of USC Hoops: Top 25 all time teams, #s 16-20

    We continue our countdown:

    #20 - 1975, Bob Boyd, 18-8

    Pre season #10, and was as high as #5 after starting the season 13-1, and were destine for the NCAAT in this the first year that you didn't have to win the conference to get in, but lost 6 games the rest of the way by a combined 18 points, including two to Wooden's last championship team by five and four points. Oregon State beat them in back-to-back games by seven combined points, slipped by them for 2nd, and therefore made the NCAAT instead. The four point loss to UCLA was at the Sports Arena, and was Wooden's last regular season game. He told Bob Boyd right before tip he was retiring the Team was led by seniors Gus Williams (21.2 pts, 4.6 rb, 5.4 asst) and John Lambert (14.2 pts, 10.2 rb). Highest Scoring SC team of all time at 86.2 points per game.

    #19 - 1951, Forrest Towgood, 21-6

    Sam Barry died 9 weeks before the season started, so an impressive first season by Twogood. Was 15-2 at one point, and ranked as high as #12. Led by captain Bob Boyd.

    #18 - 2002, Henry Bibby, 22-10

    Coming off a run to the Elite Eight, SC was ranked 10th in the preseason, and finished in a tie for 2nd in the Pac 10. Led by the senior trio of Sam Clancy, Brandon Granville and David Blu, SC was 13-2 and on a 9 game win streak after beating #11 UCLA at home, and made it to the finals of the Conference Tournament for the first time. SC was seeded #4 in the South Region, their second highest seed ever, but lost to 10.5 point underdog and 15th seeded UNC Wilmington in the first round.

    #17 - 1939, Sam Barry, 20-5

    Finished tied with Cal in the Southern Division, but lost a one game playoff. Were led by Ralph Vaughn, who was first in conference scoring at 15 per game, and hung 36 points in a single game against UCLA, which was a conference record that stood for 21 years. Gail Goodrich Sr was on this team.

    #16 - 1943, Ernie Holbrook, 23-5

    With Barry away in the Navy, Holbrook did a fantastic job winning the Southern Division, but lost the conference championship playoff to Washington. The team was led by All American Gene Rock. The next year Holbrook would be accepted into the Army on his fourth try, and would lose his life the first day of the Battle of the Bulge.