UCLA: Jrue Holiday
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.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
C Aziz N'Diaye (5.3 points, 6.3 rebounds)
F Matthew Bryan-Amaning (14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds)
F Justin Holiday (12.5 points, 6.2 rebounds)
G Isaiah Thomas (15.3 points, 3.8 assists)
G Abdul Gaddy (9.0 points, 3.9 assists)
C Joshua Smith (10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds)
F Reeves Nelson (14.7 points, 8.0 rebounds)
F Tyler Honeycutt (14.8 points, 8.1 rebounds)
G Malcolm Lee (12.8 points, 2.0 assists)
G Lazeric Jones (11.3 points, 3.5 assists)
Reeves Nelson vs. Himself -- If we've learned anything about UCLA this season, it's that sophomore forward Reeves Nelson is his own worst enemy. The yin and yang tattoo on his left shoulder says it all -- it's about balancing his two energies. At times he's the most determined player on the floor, hustling and battling for every rebound and loose ball. Other times, he's way off (a combined 13 points in the games against Montana and UC Irvine serving as proof). And when he's going good -- as he was in the second half of the Bruins' 80-71 win against Washington State on Wednesday -- UCLA appears to be an entirely different offensive machine. He turned it on Wednesday, scoring 13 of his 21 points after the break to help the Bruins erase an eight-point halftime deficit.
ABOUT THE HUSKIES
Washington was ranked as high as No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll on Nov. 22, but has not appeared in the top 25 since Dec. 6. ... The Huskies, 73-67 overtime winners at USC on Wednesday, have not swept an L.A. road trip since 2006 (which is also the last time Washington won at Pauley Pavilion). ... Washington leads the Pac-10 in nearly every category, including scoring (89.1 points per game), scoring margin (+21.0) and three-point field goal percentage (41.9%). ... Senior forward Justin Holiday, the older brother of former UCLA guard Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), led North Hollywood Campbell Hall to the state Div. IV championship. ... There are two other local products on Washington's roster -- sophomore forward Tyreese Breshers (Los Angeles, Calif./Price) and junior forward Darnell Gant (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw).
One of the lone bright spots from last year's disastrous 14-18 season was former walk-on Mustafa Abdul-Hamid's buzzer-beater that gave UCLA a thrilling 62-61 win over Washington at Pauley Pavilion. Adbul-Hamid is currently playing for KK Hemofarm in Serbia.