USC basketball teams will open season in Vegas

Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena will feel like a home away from home for USC basketball.

LOS ANGELES — On Wednesday, USC announced that its men’s and women’s basketball teams will open their respective 2023-2024 seasons with high-profile matchups in Las Vegas.

Coming off of its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, the men’s team will open its 2023-2024 campaign against a Kansas State team that made the Elite Eight last season. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy will face off against Ohio State in a matchup of future Big Ten foes. Both games will take place at T-Mobile Arena on November 6.

Much of the hype surrounding the matchups will be on USC’s high-profile freshmen. On the men’s side of things, head coach Andy Enfield brought in a dynamic duo of number one overall recruit Isaiah Collier and NBA legacy Bronny James. Meanwhile, women’s head coach Lindsay Gottlieb also signed the number one player in the country in Juju Watkins.

However, both teams boost strong returning casts as well. USC’s men’s team will be led by all-Pac-12 redshirt senior Boogie Ellis, and also returns fellow upperclassmen starters Kobe Johnson and Joshua Morgan. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy will be led by junior Rayah Marshall and senior Kayla Williams.

Tip-off times and television networks for the matchups will be announced at a later date.