The USC Trojans look for their first Pac-12 Conference victory of the season on Sunday night, when they host their crosstown rivals the UCLA Bruins at Galen Center. The Bruins look for their third straight win. Both teams have been off for a week, and here are the relevant details of Sunday night's game.
Records: USC (5-12, 0-4 in Pac-12); UCLA (9-7, 2-2)
Location: Galen Center
Time: 6 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket, with Gus Johnson and Steve Kerr on the call
Radio: ESPN 710 AM, Sirius channel 92, Sirius XM channel 191 (USC broadcast); KLAC 570 AM (UCLA broadcast)
Leading Scorers: Maurice Jones, USC (14.3 points per game); Lazeric Jones, UCLA (13.2 ppg). Both guards named Jones lead their respective teams in points, assists, steals, and three-point shots made this season
Leading Rebounders: Aaron Fuller, USC (6.2 rebounds per game); David Wear, UCLA (6.4 rpg); Wear is averaging 7.3 rebounds per contest in conference play and is one of five Bruins to average in double figures in points during Pac-12 play
Series: The Trojans have won four of their last five meetings with the Bruins, including winning each of the last two years at Galen Center. The two schools split two meetings last season, with each team winning at home. UCLA leads the all-time series 129-104.
Brick City: USC has lost eight of their last nine games since the beginning of December, and during that span have shot 38.2% or worse in eight of those games, with a low of 29.3% from the field last Sunday against Arizona. During that span, USC has shot just 36.1% from the field.
Injury Report: Bruins' center Joshua Smith suffered a concussion on January 4, and missed UCLA's game against Arizona one night later. Smith however did return on January 7 against Arizona State, scoring 18 points in 21 minutes, and is expected to play Sunday night.
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