March 11, 2018 by Sam Dodge
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It turns out it really did come down to Vegas.
USC lost an at-large bid to UCLA and Arizona State, presumably because they didn’t beat either one in three games. This is despite finishing No. 2 in both the conference regular season and tournament.
Arizona State finished No. 9. They also lost 10 of their last 18.
USC owns the highest RPI out of any major conference snub since the tournament updated to the 68-team field. The NCAA went on and on about doing away with the system. It hurt the Trojans at the worst time possible.
This one hurts. Not just because you love these guys, from McLaughlin to Stewart and so on.
It hurts, because this is a low point for the Pac-12 basketball conference. The conference’s second-best team wasn’t even the first team out.
This senior class that turned around the program, after the dregs of the Kevin O’Neill era, will have to make their final memories in the NIT.
At least Galen Center will open its doors one more time?
Update: USC will play UNC Asheville in the NIT first round on Tuesday at 8. The Trojans are a No. 1 seed.