Trojans picked to finish 9th in Pac-10

The USC men’s basketball team was picked to finish second-to-last in the conference at Pac-10 media day Thursday.

After a tumultuous offseason that included the resignation of coach Tim Floyd and the early departure of the majority of the team’s experienced players, questions are swirling around the USC program. As the media sees it, new coach Kevin O’Neill and the Trojans will have a rough time in the Pac-10.

USC was picked to finish in front of only Stanford in the preseason standings. Cal was picked to win the conference, receiving 25 first-place votes, followed by Washington (seven first-place votes) and UCLA (five first-place votes). Arizona is predicted to finish fourth, followed by Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington State.

The Trojans begin their season at home on Nov. 17 against UC Riverside.