Men’s basketball preview: USC vs. New Mexico State
By Joey Kaufman
USC (8-4) vs. New Mexico State (11-2)
Tip-off: 3 p.m.
TV/Radio: ESPN2 / TuneIn Radio
Update: The Christmas afternoon championship game of the Diamond Head Classic offers the Trojans another opportunity for a résumé-bolstering win after they came back to defeat Middle Tennessee (No. 40 RPI) on Saturday. The Blue Raiders were picked to win Conference USA in its preseason poll. New Mexico State, which handed undefeated Miami its first loss in its semifinal matchup, has a similar RPI ranking, at No. 37. …. Against Middle Tennessee, Bennie Boatwright added 23 points in his second game back from a foot injury, as he and Chimezie Metu combined for 50 points. Guard Shaqquan Aaron, who added 10 points, also hit two critical late 3-pointers. … The matchup with New Mexico State caps the Trojans’ non-conference slate before Pac-12 Conference play opens Friday against Washington. Senior guard Zach Lofton averages 18.5 points for the Aggies.