Of course, a big-time UCLA-USC basketball game is a rarity only to those who aren't old enough to know their Dan Anderson from their Dwight ``Lightning'' Anderson, their Wayne Carlander from their Bruins
car scandal, and their Kenny Fields from their Nell & John Wooden Court.
That's enough, though, to conjure hope in some Bruin
win would end a six-year losing streak to USC and clinch yearlong bragging rights for the school, plus the coveted Victory Bell in a rivalry going back to 1929 (First game: Trojans 76, Bruins
The starters began filing to the bench after Arron Afflalo's 3-pointer gave the Bruins
a 61-20 lead with 14:57 to play.
Afflalo and Collison each hit from beyond the arc, and Roll had a pair of 3-pointers, the second of which came with the shot clock winding down as the Bruins
built a 39-26 lead.
A UCLA win over Kentucky would send the Bruins
to the title game of the prestigious Maui Invitational for the first time.
are ranked second nationally against the run (50 ypg) and in total defense (221.
And then, when the Cardinal got down to UCLA's 26-yard line after Richard Sherman's 29-yard reception, quarterback Trent Edwards was intercepted at the goal line by Bruins
cornerback Trey Brown on the next play.
also had a 42-33 advantage on the boards, keyed by Mbah a Moute, backup Lorenzo Mata (eight rebounds) and strong rebounding from the backcourt.
Even LSU's supposed advantage on the boards was negated as UCLA's Mbah a Moute, Lorenzo Mata and company seemed to get to nearly every loose ball, or tap it to keep it alive before the Bruins
could gain possession.
A lot of it was just beating us off the bounce,'' Bruins
coach Ben Howland said.
Despite all this, the Bruins
had a good chance to win.