The Pac-10 pits two of its hated rivals against each other on 2010's day of love.
The UCLA Bruins will travel the short distance to the Galen Center to visit their rival USC Trojans on Valentine's Day evening. The Bruins (11-12, 6-5) are winners of four of their last six games in what has been a disappointing campaign overall. UCLA, who had dropped five non-conference games in a row earlier this season, have continued their inconsistent performances in Pac-10 play. Last week they hosted the Bay Area schools and defeated a determined Stanford team on Thursday, before losing to the conference leading Golden Bears by 14 on Saturday.
The Bruins have five players averaging double figures in points, with two of their three seniors among them. Nikola Dragovic, a role player on prior UCLA Final Four teams, adds almost five rebounds a game to his 11.5 points per game. Michael Roll has led the team in points from his guard position, and has been especially productive from behind the arc; shooting 44.5% from three point range this season.
USC (14-9, 6-5) will hope to complete the season sweep over the Bruins following their emotional 67-46 victory at Pauley Pavilion on January 16th. The Trojans have not been eligible for NCAA or Pac-10 tournament play since they enforced such a punishment upon themselves on January 3rd, 2010. Head coach Kevin O'Neill has kept his team grounded over this past month though, and has coached them to a 5-5 record since the announcement.
Despite their off-court problems, USC has proved itself a tough match for every team in the Pac-10. Behind their senior leadership of Dwight Lewis, Mike Gerrity, and Marcus Johnson, the Trojans will look to sweep the Bruins for the first time since they completed the feat in 2004.
Join us on Sunday at 10:00pm ET on FCS Pacific to see who will earn Los Angeles' bragging rights.