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UCLA Basketball Loses To USC: By The Numbers


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:

10.5%

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.

44

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.

17

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.

42

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.

7

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.

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  • c2blum

    WTF? The numbers don’t add up for Howland any longer. Guerrero has to hire a younger coach that can come in (now) and work with this top recruiting class. What Howland is doing with Tony Parker vs. the Wears is pathetic. Gots to clean house or risk another 3 transfers before next season…
    UCLA is no longer a basketball school, ugh.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      HOW WEIRD IS THAT? It’s like some divine force doesn’t want us to be good at hoops and football in the same year.

  • George B

    INCONSISTENCY. The only word you need to describe Howland’s teams. Great against Top 10 teams, terrible against the Bottom 50. If we get the 16 seed in the tournament, we might get a great draw of getting all top ranked teams to play against and win it all!

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      HAHA, how weird would that be? I could see us beating a team like Duke in the tourney then laying flat against a struggling mid-major bubble team like Colorado State.

      • George B

        If you had a choice of a National Championship this year and 10 more years of Howland or 50% W-L rest of the season and a new coach which would you take? I couldn’t take either. Most ideal to me would be a NC and crash next year for a new coach. But that would never happen because Dan would probably give Howland a 20 year contract if we won a NC…:(

        • GoJoeBruinUCLA

          Isn’t that sucky? He needs to go because of all the recruiting bridges he’s burned and his success is no longer sustainable, but if he wins one this year, it’ll be a bit of a mirage. But considering we haven’t won a banner in about 17 years, I think I’ll take the NC.

  • grateful_bruin

    What a disappointing loss, especially after the boys got their act together and clawed back into a tie for overtime. We can only hope to earn a split at the Galen Center.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      It was a disgusting loss and — here’s the thing — we shouldn’t have even needed overtime against SC. We should’ve blown ‘em out early. It was terrible.

      • grateful_bruin

        agreed