January 16, 2010
UCLA to host USC
The UCLA Bruins (7-9, 2-2) will face the USC Trojans (10-6, 2-2) at 4:30 Saturday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The Trojans are winless on the road after losing at both Cal and Stanford last weekend.
SC was picked by most to finish near the bottom of the Pac-10 this year, but appears to be capable of significantly exceeding those expectations. Coach Kevin O'Neill has provided considerable discipline and focus to the program and the team has responded with some big pre-conference wins including a rout of Tennessee in December.
In early January SC announced self-imposed sanctions on the basketball program including prohibiting the team from participating in any post season tournaments, including the Pac-10 tournament. Since that announcement was made the Trojans have not played nearly as well. However, you can expect their "A" game against the Bruins on Saturday.
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