Basketball: USC releases 2011-2012 schedule

USC released its 2011-2012 basketball schedule Wednesday, over a month earlier than it did a year ago, in Kevin O'Neill's second season on the job.

Included are home games against the likes of Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia and TCU and road contests at schools like San Diego State and Minnesota. The Trojans will play only three true non-conference road games and only four in the opponent's city. Still, a potential matchup against North Carolina and a game at UNLV -- along with the normal Pac-12 gauntlet -- make it another tough schedule for USC.

“There won’t be a more challenging schedule top to bottom in the country,” USC coach Kevin O'Neill said in a statement. “We will really be tested. Our team lost four starters from last season, but we are confident our team will be very competitive no matter who we play."

The Kansas game doesn't look promising as far as big crowds go. Scheduled for Dec. 22 at the Galen Center, students will be away on Winter Break. USC's Dec. 23 game against Lehigh last year had an announced attendance of just 3,562.

Here's the schedule in its entirety, with all home games at the Galen Center and road games at the opponent's arena, save for especially-marked games with the location noted. No game times have been announced:

Friday, Nov. 11: vs. Cal State Northridge

Monday, Nov. 14: vs. Nebraska

Thursday, Nov. 17: at San Diego State

Saturday, Nov. 19: vs. Cal Poly (Las Vegas Invitational)

Tuesday, Nov. 22: vs. Morgan State (Las Vegas Invitational)

Friday, Nov. 25: at UNLV (Las Vegas Invitational)

Saturday, Nov. 26: at North Carolina/South Carolina in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Invitational)

Wednesday, Nov. 30: at UC Riverside

Saturday, Dec. 3: at Minnesota

Saturday, Dec. 10: vs. New Mexico

Saturday, Dec. 17: vs. Georgia

Monday, Dec. 19: vs. TCU

Thursday, Dec. 22: vs. Kansas

Thursday, Dec. 29: at Cal

Saturday, Dec. 31: at Stanford

Thursday, Jan. 5: vs. Arizona State

Sunday, Jan. 8: vs. Arizona

Sunday, Jan. 15: vs UCLA

Thursday, Jan. 19: at Oregon

Saturday, Jan. 21: at Oregon State

Thursday, Jan. 26: vs. Colorado

Saturday, Jan. 28: vs. Utah

Thursday, Feb. 2: at Washington State

Saturday, Feb. 4: at Washington

Thursday, Feb. 9: vs. Cal

Sunday, Feb. 12: vs. Cal

Wednesday, Feb. 15: at UCLA (at L.A. Sports Arena)

Thursday, Feb. 23: at Arizona

Saturday, Feb. 25: at Arizona State

Thursday, March 1: vs. Washington

Saturday, March 3: vs. Washington State