How will the return of USC’s best player, 6-foot-10 Bennie Boatwright, change the successful formula it employed against UCLA without him three weeks ago?
What does it mean for tonight’s matchup that UCLA’s sub-par defensive efficiency actually improved during the loss to USC this season?
Should the Bruins feel better about tonight knowing the worst game of the season for the nation’s most efficient offense was the larger reason for its loss to USC on Jan. 25?
Are we to believe UCLA coach Steve Alford when he said his team was tired entering its last game against USC because it was the first Pac-12 team to play a conference game and the last to get a bye, which followed its loss to USC?
USC’s 84-76 defeat of UCLA on Jan. 25 at Galen Center is the Bruins’ most confounding loss of the season. Entering tonight’s rematch at Pauley Pavilion, the number of questions dwarf the number of answers for a game with high stakes for both teams. So, let’s just ask them.
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Is it more likely that the Bruins were mentally fatigued from carrying the expectations likely inflated by the entertaining style courtesy of Lonzo Ball, who drew even more attention to the program as one of the most exciting players in the country?
How will a UCLA team with the fourth-best 3-point shooting percentage in the country respond if USC again employs the zone defense that gave it fits Jan. 25?
Already projected as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament despite its No. 6/5 ranking, how badly does UCLA need to defeat unranked USC in Pauley Pavilion to aid its case for a higher seed?
Would a loss to USC end all hope for a regular season Pac-12 championship for UCLA?
Would a fifth consecutive victory for USC over UCLA, the first streak of that length since the 1940s, indicate that Andy Enfield has Steve Alford’s number?