Saturday, 03 February 2018 15:55

UCLA To Host USC In Key Showdown

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Holiday A USC030916For true UCLA (15-7, 6-4) and USC (17-6, 8-2) fans, you wouldn’t want any other way when the two teams meet in any sport. When there is something on the line, and the outcome means something, makes this historic rivalry even more special.

Both the Bruins and the Trojans come to the contest with winning streaks. The Trojans have won six straight and are currently in second-place during conference play. The Bruins have won two in a row and hope to close out their three-game homestand with another win.

UCLA feels they have left a couple of wins on the table when that happens poor foul shooting and giving up second-chance points are major contributors.

When the Bruins get to the line, rebound well and have ball movement they can compete with just about anyone. As UCLA coach Steve Alford made abundantly clear during his press conference earlier in the week, the Bruins need come with their A-game, anything less will not suffice.

The Trojans are an experienced team that has four members that average in double figures and they rebound well as a team. This group is off to USC’s best start since 2002 when they also started conference play at 8-2. USC’s six-game winning streak is the longest in conference since 1992 when the Trojans rolled off nine straight wins.

USC has an outstanding point guard in senior, Jordan McLaughlin (6-1, 185). He is averaging 12.6 point per game (ppg) and dishes out 4.3 assists per game.

Junior forward, Chimezie Menu (6-11, 225) leads the Trojans in scoring and rebounding contributing 16.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg. Junior forward, Bennie Boatwright is next averaging 15.1 ppg and 6.9 rpg. Boatwright has missed his last two because of a sore foot and will be a game-time decision.

The fourth Trojan who averages in double-figures is senior guard, Elijah Stewart (6-5, 195) who chips in 11.0 ppg.

Both UCLA and USC likes to get out and run, so this game could end up looking like a track meet.

Tipoff is scheduled for 3 PM PST and will be televised nationally with Dave Pasch handling the play-by-play and all-time Bruin great Bill Walton analyzing the action.

UCLA Sports Network from IMG will broadcast the game locally in the Los Angeles area on AM 1150 with Josh Lewin doing the play-by-play and another Bruins great, Tracy Murray in the analyst chair.

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