USC is ….in!

USC plays a play-in game versus Virginia Commonwealth Wednesday in Dayton. Then it’s on to Chicago if it wins.

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  • NOBS

    I KNEW it. SWEET. KO, the first round is on me.

  • DixieTrojan

    Wake me up when March is over. Thanks.

  • SC for LIFE

    KO and Roberta getting hammered as we speak and gonna have mad sex tonight.

  • Son of CharIie Bucket

    awesome news for CKO!! i would point out, however, that Southern Cal was selected for the “PLAY-IN” game. this means that, according to NCAA Tournament rule book, they are not acutally IN the tournament until they win the Play-In Game!! i am confident however, the CKO will find a way to make into the later rounds!!

  • 13maineiac

    Sorry Son of….despite what know-it-all Wolf said, it is NOT a play-in game…and the “NCAA Tournament rule book” says nothing of the sort that you claim.

    There is no such thing as a play-in game. Go look at the bracket. USC simply has a first round game while most teams (i.e. 60 teams this year) have a bye in the first round.

  • JDStar

    When the Mountain West Conference was created in 1999, the winner of the Mountain West Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament for the 1999-2000 season did not receive an automatic bid. As an alternative to eliminating an at-large bid, the NCAA expanded the tournament to 65 teams beginning in 2001. The #64 and #65 seeds play the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Opening Round Game (informally known as the “play-in game” though the NCAA frowns on use of that term) on the Tuesday preceding the first weekend of the tournament. This game has been played at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, since its inception.

    Starting in 2011, with the tournament expanding to 68 teams, four play-in [opening round] games will be played, known as the “First Four”.

  • Son of CharIie Bucket

    sorry trOXans: here is a you tube clip of the ultimate Bracketology expert Joe Linardi explaining the how play in game teams are NOT actually in the tourney UNLESS they win the PLAY IN game:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9gRzmCf1EI

  • The Monopoly Is Over Here

    We dancin baby. Always an 11 beats a 6 in the first round. SC this year.

    Breaking news, UCLA will lose in the first round….

  • uscmike

    Glad I was wrong on USC making the tourney.

    Beat the Rams!
    Fight On!

  • 13maineiac

    Son of….very funny….