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USC, Santa Clara to start home-and-home series

The USC Trojans and Santa Clara Broncos will start a home-and-home series in 2017-18 at the Galen Center, FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein reports. The return game will be at Santa Clara in 2018-19.

This is relatively great news for the Broncos. It should help provide the program a larger platform to sell their program to high school players. Given that Santa Clara has failed to make the NCAA Tournament since the 1995-96 season, a home-and-home series against the improving USC program should give them a natural bump.

As for the Trojans, Andy Enfield has done a terrific job molding the program into a more than solid player in the Pac-12. Since taking over the job in in 2013, after his famed FGCU-#DunkCity run, USC has gotten better season-over-season, which was highlighted in 2015-16, as the university made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2011.

Santa Clara University hired Herb Sendek, who coached three schools to eight NCAA Tournament events, is entering his first year with the Broncos. Sendek, 53, will replace Kerry Keating, who was fired as the Broncos coach March 14 after nine seasons with the university. He had only two winning seasons.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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