The USC Trojans (1-0) and CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (1-0) square off at the Galen Center on Thursday. The season began with a close victory for CSU Bakersfield against Southern Utah, 73-72. In a neutral-floor match on Monday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USC defeated Kansas State 82-69.
Kaleb Higgins, a guard for CSU Bakersfield, returned to the roster for the first time on Monday. Despite missing the last 19 games of the previous season due to a torn meniscus, he did not appear to be affected by the injury on Monday evening. Being the sole Roadrunner to score in double figures, he finished with 27 points on 9 of 19 shots from the field. Higgins became one of the sole two Roadrunners who reached double digits when scoring the previous season. Antavion Collum, a center who moved to McNeese State, was the second. The Roadrunners repeat 2 starters and a total of 7 players from the previous squad, including Higgins.
The Trojans’ offensive hubs the previous campaign were Drew Peterson and Boogie Ellis. Ellis is poised for another successful year; he began Monday’s game versus Kansas State with 24 points, 8 rebounds, as well as 5 assists. Peterson is moving on. Head coach Andy Enfield added to Ellis by bringing in the third-best recruitment class in the United States, which included Isaiah Collier, the second-best player in the country. On Monday, he performed like a five-star recruit, finishing with eight rebounds and 6 assists on seven of nine field goals in twenty-six minutes until sitting out. Collier was friends with center Arrinten Page in high school, and he provides the Trojans with additional depth alongside center Joshua Morgan on the front line. Due to their length, a smaller CSU Bakersfield squad will find it difficult to make baskets around the hoop against Morgan and Page, who are both 6-foot-11.
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CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners vs USC Trojans Game Information
- Date: 11/09/2023
- Time: 09:00 PM ET
- Location: Galen Center, California.
- How to Watch CS Bakersfield vs USC : ESPN2
- Live Stream: CBS.com