LOS ANGELES -- The 2011-12 USC mens basketball season ended hundreds of miles away from the USC campus.
No, it wasnt during any type of postseason tournament. It was actually during a preseason exhibition in Brazil when star guard Jio Fontan suffered a torn ACL.
Last year the feeling around our program went downhill as soon as Jio got hurt in Brazil, said USC head coach Kevin ONeill. It was a long, drawn-out process. It wasnt any fun for anybody.
USC finished the season 6-26 and last in the Pac-12.
The Trojans have their sights on going from worst to first.
Our goal is to win the league and thats something that we want to do, ONeill said.
The fourth year head coach feels he has the horses to get it done. Theres not much resemblance between this years squad and last years squad. The 2012-13 edition of the Trojans is one ONeill calls the deepest team hes ever coached.
ONeill says he has 14 players he would feel comfortable starting. The same couldnt be said last season.