USC did nothing to drop after the first 10 days of the season, but the Trojans' preseason ranking was based on De'Anthony Melton being eligible.
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Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 35 points, and 10th-ranked Southern California rallied from a 10-point deficit midway through the second half to a 93-89 overtime victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday night.
USC is headed toward an early test, which is an important step for a program that's seemingly long been positioned for success but has yet to deliver.
Bennie Boatwright scored a career-high 28 points, and No. 10 Southern California closed the game on a 13-5 run to hold off pesky North Dakota State 75-65 on Monday night.
The opening night of college basketball was about which players didn't suit up or barely played -- and what that might mean moving forward.
Chimezie Metu had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 10 Southern California routed Cal State Fullerton 84-42 on Friday night to open the season with its highest ranking since 1974-75.
USC says it is holding guard De'Anthony Melton out for precautionary reasons as it works to confirm Melton is eligible. The school is currently cooperating with the FBI investigation that exposed assistant Tony Bland.
Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider
USC on De'Anthony Melton: "As a precaution, De'Anthony is being held out due to a potential issue regarding eligibility. De'Anthony is a valued member of the USC community and USC is working diligently to independently investigate this matter in order to confirm that De'Anthony meets the NCAA eligibility requirements."
Chuck Person, Emanuel "Book" Richardson, Tony Bland and Lamont Evans were among the eight people indicted Tuesday in New York City. Each is facing multiple federal charges in connection with the college basketball corruption case.
There's an enormous amount of talent at the top of conference.
With one of his assistants arrested as part of the FBI's probe, the question becomes whether Enfield was involved.
The Pac-12's preseason favorites, Arizona and USC, have the talent to separate themselves in the league but must contend with the fallout of the FBI investigation that has rocked college basketball.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
USC debuted at No. 10 in the AP poll, which is the highest the Trojans have started the season since 1974 and highest ranking in any week since the final poll of the 1991-92 season.
The Trojans are ranked in the preseason AP Poll for the first time since 2008-09. This is the Trojans' highest preseason ranking since 1974-75 when they also landed at No. 10.
This might seem high for USC basketball, but Andy Enfield has as much talent as anyone in the country.
Melton was perhaps the least highly regarded player on this list coming out of high school, but nonetheless emerged as a legitimate NBA prospect as a freshman at USC thanks to his impressive versatility.
The 6-foot-10 USC big man has excellent touch and ability to cover ground fluidly, but he hasn't always had the consistent production to match.
Coach Andy Enfield's up-tempo offense should get a boost from Elijah Weaver, whose strengths include pushing the ball upcourt and finishing at the rim.
Paul Biancardi Basketball Recruiting
More from Weaver on USC. "My reasoning behind selecting the Trojans was because of head coach Andy Enfield. He made me feel like a priority. He was being straight forward and honest with me from the jump. I also have a great relationship with assistant coach Chris Capko. Our relationship has been growing for years and it's only getting better. I just believe in the program and the people there." Elijah Weaver is no.42 in the ESPN 100.