After a 83-75 win over Missouri State on Thursday night, USC remains one of just six (of 351) undefeated Division I teams in the country. The Trojans' 12-0 start is their best since the 1970-71 team began 16-0.
But there's another number that is bothersome to junior guard Elijah Stewart -- 23. That would be the team's current rank in the Associated Press top 25 poll. USC is also No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Stewart doesn't think it is an appropriate ranking for an unbeaten team. The other five teams without a loss are all in the top 10.
"I don't really count being in the 20s to be ranked. That's kind of just like filler spots. Until we can get in those teens, then we can be talking about something."
The Trojans' leading scorer at 16 points per game, Stewart said he doesn't feel any pressure from the strong start to the season since the Trojans aren't getting any recognition from the national media.
USC has an opportunity to close out its non-conference schedule a perfect 13-0 on Friday night at 8 p.m. when it takes on Wyoming in the championship of the Las Vegas Classic. What would that mean for Stewart?
"Another step closer to March Madness."
Watch Elijah Stewart, above, talk about USC's win over Missouri State in the Las Vegas Classic and why he doesn't think the Trojans aren't getting respected on the national level.
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