Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:56

UCLA Clinches SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup Competition

Written by  UCLA Official Press Release

UCLA USC 06With the conclusion of the team portion of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament, UCLA has officially clinched the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup over USC, winning the season-long head-to-head battle with its crosstown rival across all sports. USC's semifinal loss in the tournament prevented a possible UCLA-USC final, which could have kept USC alive in the Crosstown Cup race. 

 

The score currently stands at 95-85, UCLA, with a potential NCAA Tournament matchup in baseball looming and a five-point swing possible (series is currently split 2-2). Should the two schools tie at 90-90, the Bruins own the tiebreaker of head-to-head regular season games/matches, having gone 16-12 against the Trojans in the regular season this year. UCLA won the majority of its points in the fall and winter seasons, leading by as many as 60 points (80-20), before USC gained ground during the spring.  

 

“Achieving head-to-head excellence over our crosstown rival is what this friendly yet competitive endeavor is all about,” said UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “I am extremely proud of our UCLA student-athletes and coaches for the hard work and dedication it took to help us capture the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup. Congratulations to all on a job well-done, and Go Bruins!”

 

Representatives from the Southern California BMW Centers will present the Crosstown Cup to UCLA at an upcoming event on campus.

 

"On behalf of the Southern California BMW Centers, I would like to commend both the UCLA and USC Athletic departments for their valiant efforts throughout the BMW Crosstown Cup season," said Peter Boesen, President of the Southern California BMW Dealers Association. "A special congratulations to the UCLA Bruins for taking home the inaugural cup. As an automotive brand routed in performance and precision, we appreciate the dedication, persistence and competitive nature of all the athletes who continue to make this one of the most storied rivalries in college sports."

 

While the rivalry dates back to the 1920s, the official head-to-head battle to determine an annual all-sports champion started in the 2001-02 season.  With the conclusion of this year’s competition, the Bruins, who lead the nation with a record 112 NCAA Team Championships, have now taken two of the last three showdowns with the Trojans.

 

Thanks to a title sponsorship deal brokered by IMG College and USC Sports Properties, this is the first year under presenting sponsor SoCal BMW.  Moreover, it is also the competition’s first year under a new scoring system where 10 points are available for each of the men’s and women’s sports (Football, Men’s & Women’s Basketball, & Olympic Sports) in which the schools compete. All 10 points for a single sport are awarded to the winner of the most head-to-head contests in that sport – the 10 points are split if both schools win an equal amount of matchups in a sport. The highest finisher in Pac-12 Championship play will determine who gets the 10 points in sports that do not feature a head-to-head competition between the schools. 

 

Scoring Breakdown

Men's Water Polo (4-1 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0

Women's Volleyball (2-0 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0

Women's Cross Country (0-1 series loss)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Women's Soccer (1-0 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0

Football (1-0 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0 

Women's Basketball (2-0 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0 

Men's Basketball (3-0 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0 

Swimming & Diving (0-1 series loss)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Women's Water Polo (3-0 series win)

UCLA 10, USC 0

Men's Volleyball (1-1 series split)

UCLA 5, USC 5

Women's Tennis (1-1 series split)

UCLA 5, USC 5 

Baseball (2-2 series split)

UCLA 5, USC 5 

Men's Tennis (0-3 series loss)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Rowing (0-1 series loss)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Women's Golf (UCLA 4th, USC 6th at Pac-12 Championships)

UCLA 10, USC 0 

Men's Golf (USC 4th, UCLA 8th at Pac-12 Championships)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Men's Track & Field (0-1 series loss)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Women's Track & Field (0-1 series loss)

USC 10, UCLA 0

Women's Sand Volleyball (0-0 – no head-to-head matchups, no Pac-12 Championship)

UCLA 0, USC 0 

 

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