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.
In the past, (USC) was kind of at the bottom of the Pac-10, but it's going to be a big game,'' Bruins
wing Josh Shipp said.
Though USC is the highest- ranked team UCLA will play this season, the Bruins
aren't even the best Pacific-10 team to challenge the Trojans.
In fact, in building an 11-point halftime lead, the Bruins
wound up holding a 17-15 edge on the boards.
Sophomore Alfred Aboya will also get plenty of minutes, but foul trouble could cause the Bruins
to use sophomore Ryan Wright, who remains talented but raw.
(4-1, 2-1 Pac-10) cannot afford another conference loss after their unexpected slip-up at Washington four weeks ago.
3 percent in the first half, then opened the final 20 minutes with a pair of Mbah a Moute dunks off sharp cuts to the basket and a perfectly executed backdoor alley-oop from Farmar to a soaring Hollins as the Bruins
stretched their lead to 45-25.
(32-6) tied a school record for wins in a season and are 11-1 in title games, losing only in 1980 to Louisville.
(20-6, 10-4 Pac-10) couldn't stop USC's dribble penetration, got no production inside, created silly turnovers early, failed to get out in transition, were miserable again from the free-throw line and suffered from not having any timeouts in the closing minutes.
Only one, not-so-slight problem - the Bruins
didn't do much else right, and even their attempt to slow Powe didn't really turn out that well, since Powe simply turned into a facilitator.
In fact, Wagner looked downright comfortable in pushing the 12th-ranked Bruins
around in their own gym for most of the night.
Football fever has hit an all-time high in the greatest crosstown rivalry in college football as the UCLA Bruins
and USC Trojans prepare to meet for the 75th time Saturday to decide the Championship of Los Angeles.