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Column: USC spears Kansas to showcase the arrival of a major power

Andy Enfield came to USC in 2013 as the hottest coach in college basketball, fresh from leading the “Dunk City” darlings of Florida Gulf Coast University to upsets of Georgetown and San Diego State before they lost to No. 3 Florida in the Sweet 16.

As the successor to Kevin O’Neill, who had taken the Trojans to the NCAA tournament once and was fired with 15 games left in his fourth season, Enfield inherited a foundering program. He promised that his team would play an up-tempo game. Players would have room to be creative, and they’d enjoy themselves.