This was a weekend to forget for UCLA basketball as both the men’s and women’s teams lost to USC, which put the rest of the season in question.
If both the women’s and men’s UCLA basketball teams would have beaten their respective USC opponents this weekend, that would have given UCLA 1,000 collective wins over their crosstown rival.
Instead, the results of this past weekend have both Bruins squads licking their wounds after both got upended by the Trojans. Clearly, it was not a good weekend for UCLA basketball.
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On Saturday, the men were embarrassed at the Galen Center as USC put on an 80-67 beat down. On Sunday, the last place Trojans surprised Cori’s Close’s team at Pauley Pavilion with a 72-67 win.
In a way, the men’s loss was expected. The Bruins have not been playing team-oriented basketball for most of this season and USC exploited that. And that’s the most unfortunate part, the fact that UCLA has the most talented roster in the Pac-12, but they still revert back to playing selfish basketball which hindered them once again. And not just in this game but in previous games and I can guarantee you it will hinder them in a few more games before the end of the season.
With this loss, UCLA is now 3-2 in conference play and is in 5th place in the Pac-12 standings. This is significant because unless UCLA wins the regular season or the tournament championship, they are not going to the Big Dance.
As for the women’s team, they didn’t get blown out like the men did, but their loss is just as bad. Not only did they lose to what was then the worst team in the Pac-12, but they lost at Pauley Pavilion to give USC their first conference win. On top of that, with UCLA needing to win this game to stay relevant in conference play, the loss dims their hopes of a Pac-12 title.
Either way, it is a loss. A loss to the crosstown rival. A loss that should’ve been a win.
This is definitely not a good look for UCLA basketball. Both teams have to dig deep and try to figure out what exactly is going on right now. The men’s team seems like they need a complete culture change, which should come with a new coach after the season. The women need to figure out a way to play as a team.
What happened this weekend can never happen again. These were not games that went down to the wire. The men were thoroughly blown out. The women were down by double digits for a good portion of the game. Though they stormed their way back, they still lost to the worst team in the Pac-12.
This is something that can never happen again. That is why both teams, no matter what, need to continue to fight, fight, fight.