- Tonight’s basketball game between the UCLA Bruins and the Southern Cal Trojans is about more than just crosstown bragging rights. It’s about more than the five points tonight’s winner will receive in the Crosstown Cup series.
That’s because, with just three regular season games remaining before the Pac-12 Tournament, tonight’s game will play an important role in seeding for the tournament. As of right now, UCLA and Southern Cal are locked in a tie for fifth place in the Pac-12 standings. Both teams are just one game behind the fourth place Utah Utes and they are a game and a half behind the Oregon State Beavers, who sit in third place.
With the Beavers playing two games this week, it’s possible that the winner of tonight’s game between the Bruins and the Trojans could find themselves in a tie for third place if the Utes lose to Colorado and the Beavers are swept by the Arizona schools.
Whether the Utes and the Beavers cooperate this week or not, tonight’s game is still critical. The loser is almost certainly knocked out of the possibility of finishing in the top four. The winner will need some help and, in UCLA’s case, that help probably needs to come from Oregon State losing three of the final four games as it looks like Utah holds the two-team tiebreaker with the Bruins.
The fact that UCLA can still finish in the top four in the regular season standings is pretty amazing given the inconsistent way the team has played through most of the season.
The fact that the Bruins’ opponent tonight is “just ‘SC” should motivate the team a little more as UCLA looks to avenge last month’s loss to the Trojans at the Galen Center.
Go Bruins!!! Beat ‘SC!!!