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Basketball: UCLA-USC recent rivalry rewind

1/8/2011

There are no seniors on UCLA's roster, meaning only juniors Malcolm Lee and Jerime Anderson know the feeling of beating USC. In advance of Sunday night's game at Galen Center, we take a brief look at how the last five meetings played out:

Feb. 14, 2010 - USC 68, UCLA 64

The Trojans finally beat the Bruins at the Galen Center (opened in 2006) behind senior Dwight Lewis' 23 points. UCLA had four players score in double figures and held a ridiculous 46-25 rebounding advantage, but USC pulled away to sweep the regular season series for the first time since 2004.

Jan. 16, 2010 - USC 67, UCLA 46

As ugly as it gets for Bruins fans. The 21-point loss was UCLA's worst to USC at Pauley Pavilion since the venue opened in 1965. The boo birds flew all over the place that day. Perhaps coach Ben Howland summed it up best, saying afterward, "I’m embarrassed for our team. I feel embarrassed for the program, the former players and coaches. It’s really all I can say about this. It was embarrassing."

Mar. 13, 2009 - USC 65, UCLA 55

UCLA, then ranked No. 15, had aspirations of heading into the NCAA Tournament with momentum. Instead, it was DeMar DeRozan's coming-out party, as the star freshman scored 21 points and grabbed 13 boards to pull off the upset in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals. The Bruins shot a meager 27 percent from the field; senior Darren Collison had just four points. The Bruins lost big to Villanova in the second round of the tournament.

Feb. 4, 2009 - UCLA 76, USC 60

Using Howland's patented -- and now rare -- stout defensive play, UCLA forced 23 turnovers and led by as many as 25 points. Former USC coach Tim Floyd described it as a "great spanking." Guard Jrue Holiday said, "Stopping them on the defensive end, that's our bread and butter."

Jan. 11, 2009 - UCLA 64, USC 60

The No. 10-ranked Bruins won for the third time in as many games at Galen Center, using a combined 55 points from starters Collison, Nikola Dragovic, Josh Shipp and Holiday. Perhaps the most fiery moment, though, was when then-freshman Drew Gordon caught Daniel Hackett's jaw with an elbow.