After an extremely disappointing end to the Oregon road trip, in a 71-67 loss to Oregon State, the Bruins return to Los Angeles to face their crosstown rivals (not really sure you can call the basketball programs rivals, though).
The Bruins come into this Pac-12 Conference matchup with a record of 17-5 and 6-3 in the Pac-12, which is good for sole possession of second place in the conference behind Arizona. Southern Cal has not had the same level of success this season, being arguably the worst team in the conference at 10-12 and 1-8 in conference play, their only victory coming in a 77-69 game at home against UC Berkeley.
One could argue that the Trojans have a better chance in this game, as they have won 10 games at home (10-5 at the Galen Center), as opposed to zero on the road. But if this game is competitive, it will be a moral loss (if moral victories are a thing, then the reverse must be true) for UCLA.
In their matchup in on January 5th, the Bruins ran Southern Cal out of the stadium, winning 107-73 on the backs of 16 or more points from Kyle Anderson (23), Jordan Adams (21), Bryce Alford (20) and Zach LaVine (16).
For the Trojans, Byron Wesley is the player to keep an eye on. He scored 21 in the first contest and also put up 9 rebounds, both leading the Trojans. It's also not a surprise that he leads the Trojans in both this season, averaging 16.9 points per game (at a 45.1% shooting percentage) and 6.8 rebounds per game.