UCLA basketball put together one of the most embarrassing performances of the season against the USC Trojans. Here are some key stats regarding the loss:
The rate at which UCLA converted its three-pointers, with the Bruins going 2-for-19, easily one of their worst shooting performances from deep this season. In fact, only one Bruin earned buckets from downtown: Shabazz Muhammad, who went 2-for-6 from three. USC didn’t do much better — going 4-for-16 from deep — but perhaps that’s what makes this loss even more disappointing.
The number of rebounds USC earned, compared to UCLA’s 36. This further entrenches the notion that UCLA is a terrible rebounding team, already backed by the fact that the Bruins are outrebounded by an average of 5.3 rebounds per game. Even more embarrassing was the fact that USC’s big men, Dewayne Dedmon and Omar Oraby, played just 22 minutes combined on Wednesday night while only accounting for three boards. Wingman Eric Wise led the Trojans in rebounding with 11. No Bruin earned more than seven rebounds on the night, with Kyle Anderson leading the way.
The number of turnovers UCLA forced, with the Bruins earning 11 steals for the game. USC has been turnover-prone all season long and it was figured to be a surefire advantage for the Bruins. Alas, it was, but UCLA did not capitalize and earned only 12 points off of USC’s 17 turnovers. The Bruins committed just seven turnovers.
The number of points in the paint USC scored, with UCLA earning just 30. Again, Dedmon and Oraby — USC’s two rotation-worthy seven-footers — played just 22 minutes combined. The Bruins’ interior defense has been an issue all year long and losing the paint battle by 12 — while also giving up 14 second-chance points — ensures that the issue has yet to change.
The total number of bench points UCLA scored, with David Wear scoring six of them off of five shots. Tony Parker was once again marginalized and shunned from the rotation, earning just four minutes in the contest while Travis Wear was forced to play 38 minutes in the contest. USC saw 24 points earned from the bench.