UCLA vs. USC basketball part 2; there are more questions than answers


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.

  • 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?
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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?
    • JustOwns

      Let not quibble, the best BB team won the Jan. game in Hubris Barn by only 6 points. Then is then and now is now.

      • 88 Straight

        And the coaching. We were outcoached last time as well.

        • gotroy22

          So have you jumped back on the ruin bandwagon, Bad Luck Schleprock? That will be good news for Arizona.

          • 88 Straight

            We certainly ‘ruined you guys. I’ve been on the Bruin bandwagon for over 50 years. Pounding SC has been a regular thing.

            All you are is a blip. Insignificant.

            • gotroy22

              That’s funny I could swear you led the pack of rodents, as Owns puts it, fleeing the sinking SS Ruin last March after they were pounded 95- 71 in the Pac 12 Tournament.

              Have some cheese, rat!

            • 88 Straight

              Criticizing the performance of your team isn’t fleeing the ship. Sorry, little boy. You are the dumbest poster here.

            • gotroy22

              You are a the most deluded and dishonest poster here, 1 Straight.

            • 88 Straight

              About those terrorist attacks in Sweden…

            • gotroy22

              About your Media Matters Fake News Story of the Day…

            • 88 Straight

              I guess everyone put the words in his mouth….

            • gotroy22

              I guess Sore Loserman libs like you have to say something after that smashing Melbourne Florida rally put you nerds in your place,

            • 88 Straight

              Smashing for uneducated rubes like you.

              I’m guessing that Iceland will be attacked next.

            • gotroy22

              I’m guessing you haven’t had an original thought since the Kennedy Administration.

              Tell us, 1 Straight, since you blamed Alford for the losses, why aren’t you praising him for this win?

            • gotroy22
            • 88 Straight

              Try reading again. I said he made adjustments after the poor performance in the first game. The result? 102-70. That’s praise.

              Last year was one of our worst ever. Our defense has been poor since he was hired. It remains to be seen if this will continue in Tucson. I certainly hope so. We simply do not use $C as a measuring stick, as much fun as it was last night. Unlike you, we aim higher.

            • gotroy22

              The only thing you aim for is a daily hook up at the Powell Libes Mens restroom, 1 Straight.

            • 88 Straight

              What’s a libe? Are you referring to a library and typing 3 more letters was just too much?

              By the way, calling someone a bandwagon fan that has been attending games for over 50 years is hilarious. You may want to look up the meaning.

            • gotroy22

              Your support of UCLA rises and lowers like the tides. By Sunday you will be off the bandwagon and back looking for love in the Powell Libes mens room.

            • 88 Straight

              Nice try. I attended all last year too and that was a horrible team. Criticizing does not mean you aren’t supporting your team.

              You seem pretty obsessed with the Powell bathrooms and homosexuality. It’s a neverending topic for you. That’s pretty sick and very sad.

            • gotroy22

              Sure you did, you painted yourself blue so you blended in with all the empty seats.

              You seem upset that you have been outed. Embrace your chosen high risk lifestyle instead of denying it, Kissy86er! Has your number of the liver transplant waiting list moved up?

            • gotroy22

              mic drop!

            • gotroy22

              mic drop!

    • gotroy22

      Will Kissy86er ever admit that losing 4 straight to USC is a trend?

      • Mr. Bruin guitar

        How did that work for you?

        • gotroy22

          Non sequiturs seem to work good for you , Mr.ruin lib.

      • 88 Straight

        How’s that TREND thing working for you? Man, you have had a BAD week!

        Time to change your name to Gotroy32!!

        So, since you are big on definitions, was that a blowout? Or would you call that more of an a$c kicking?

        • gotroy22

          Bad Luck Schleprockclaims the ruins one game winning streak over USC is a TREND!

          • gotroy22
    • gotroy22

      Keep the TREND going?

      • 88 Straight

        What does Breitbart tell you?

        • gotroy22

          What does David Brock tell you to think, Kissy86er? How come you aren’t over at Inside USC today yucking it up with your favorite brainless rah rahs Jacqui the trans and the Dr. Rachel Maddow of Inside USC?

          • 88 Straight

            He told me that UCLA pounded you guys by 32 points last night.

            Maybe you were searching for the terror attacks in Sweden.

            • gotroy22

              Was that after he told you to meet him at the Powell Libes men bathroom stalls to
              day to celebrate the win?

            • 88 Straight

              You are a sad, pathetic person. The guy in the bathroom stalls was your Republican senator or congressman from Idaho, I believe.

              Did you find the Swedish terrorists yet?

              Did SC find those extra 32 points somewhere?

            • gotroy22

              Nope the guys in the Powell mens bathroom stalls are you and your boyfriend de jour.

              Did you dress up as a USC fan last night to end the 4 game losing streak, Bad Luck Schleprock?

              Are you still blaming Alford for the losses, Mr. Bandwagon ruin?

            • 88 Straight

              It seems you know a lot about that. I have no idea about the Powell bathrooms. Now that I know where to find you, I will really avoid them.

              Yes, Alford WAS to blame for the earlier loss this year. It was our worst performance of the year. The team seems to be defending better now. Wouldn’t you agree?

            • gotroy22

              Don’t be coy, Kissy86er. We know that is where you meet all those “friends” of yours.

              So the ruin win must be a FLUKE since they still have that terrible Alford as head coach? Poor Kissy 86er has done it again!

            • 88 Straight

              You are right. Clearly Enfield outcoached him last night. It’s pretty difficult to shoot 19 more free throws than your opponent and lose by 32. It would have been by 21 free throws but Coach Andy got a technical because the refs couldn’t do more!

              That’s really quite an accomplishment.

            • gotroy22

              It’s really an accomplishment for you to talk out of both sides of your mouth.

            • 88 Straight

              One of these days you might comprehend something. Doesn’t seem like today is that day.

            • gotroy22

              There’s no chance of you ever coming to your senses. You allow Media Matters to do your thinking. Talk about a waste of life.

    • JustOwns

      UCLA heart and defense = 32 point win.

      Is that scorched prophylactics I smell? Very trendy.