After overcoming an NCAA Tournament snub and almost dropping its opening round game of the NIT, the USC Trojans are two wins away from heading to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four.
The Trojans will host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Monday night in Los Angeles. USC is favored by 5 points over Western Kentucky and with a win would host the winner of Stanford-Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2nd round game of the NIT.
USC-Western Kentucky basketball time, game information
- Time: 8:30 p.m. PT
- Date: Monday, March 19
- TV Channel: ESPN 2
- Location: Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
How can I watch USC-Western Kentucky basketball game online?
USC-Western Kentucky will be televised on ESPN 2. You can watch online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to USC-Western Kentucky basketball game on the radio?
You can listen to the game via the USC Trojans Radio Network.
USC-Western Kentucky preview
Junior forward Chimezie Metu will once again not play for the Trojans in the NIT. Metu is skipping the NIT in order to not risk injury as he prepares for the NBA Draft.
Metu was USC’s leading scorer and rebounder this season, averaging 15.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
The Trojans were incredibly lackluster in their first NIT game against UNC Asheville. The Trojans needed two overtimes to finally secure the win and will now face a Western Kentucky team that could very well pull the upset.
The Hilltoppers finished 25-10 on the season and placed third in Conference USA. Along the way they knocked out Marshall and Purdue and beat Boston College by 17 in the first round of the NIT Tournament. They are led by seniors Justin Johnson and Darius Thompson.
Good news for Pac-12 fans: Dave Pasch and Bill Walton will be on the call for ESPN. In other words, there will be fireworks.
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