UCLA and USC basketball rivalry week part 2 game 2

A look at the history between UCLA and USC as well as a game preview and prediction for the game.

Jan 26, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans guard Reese Dixon-Waters (2)
Jan 26, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Southern California Trojans guard Reese Dixon-Waters (2) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Let's start by examining the game between these two crosstown rivals that play in the same city and conference as well as their present positions in a number of analytical and metric rankings.

UCLA vs. USC game preview. 14-12. Pauley Pavilion. 7 PM PT. ESPN. 519. Saturday, Feb 24. 518. 10-16

UCLA rankings as of 2/19

Net (NCAA) Ranking: 105

Pomeroy College Basketball (Ken Pom) Ranking: 91

College Basketball Power Index (BPI) Rankings106

USC rankings as of 2/19

Net (NCAA) Ranking: 108

Pomeroy College Basketball (KenPom) Ranking: 103

College Basketball Power Index (BPI) Ranking: 99

The rivalry between USC and UCLA, two schools across town, have a ton of history. Here's a closer look at this game's history and game forecast.

The current winning streak in this basketball series between USC and UCLA: The Bruins have won the last game against the Trojans in this in-city and in-conference crosstown rivalry having a one-game winning streak over USC presently.

The last match up between the Trojans and the Bruins: UCLA defeated USC on the road on January 27 this year by a final score of 65-50.

The highest ranking win this season for UCLA and USC according to their opponent's current NET Ranking: For the Trojans it was a 68-64 home win against Utah and for the Bruins, it was a 64-60 home win against Colorado.

Who leads all-time in this crosstown rivalry between UCLA and USC: The Bruins lead this series 149–113.

What years and period of time did each school dominate this series: From 1932 to 1943, USC defeated UCLA 41 straight times. From 1964 to 1979, the Bruins defeated Trojans 36 out of 39 times.

The last twenty times these two basketball programs have played one another: Each team has won 10 games each over the last 20 games these two teams have played one another.

The last ten times USC and UCLA have faced of against each other: Both teams have won five of the last 10 games they have played one another.

The last five meetings between these two basketball programs: USC has won three of the last five times they have played UCLA.

Pac-12 games this season for USC: Stanford, won 93-79; Cal, won 82-74; @ Oregon, lost 74-82; @ Colorado, lost 58-68; Washington State lost 64-72; @ Oregon State, lost 70-86; @ Arizona, lost 67-82; @ Arizona State, lost 67-82, UCLA, lost 50-65, Oregon, lost 69-78, Oregon State, won 82-54, @ Cal, lost 77-83 OT, @ Stanford, lost 68-99, Utah, won 68-64, and Colorado, lost 89-92 2OT.

Pac-12 games this season for UCLA: @ Oregon State, won 69-62; @ Oregon, lost 64-59; Stanford lost 59-53; Cal lost 66-57; @ Utah, lost 82-67; Washington won 73-61; @ Arizona State won 68-66, @ Arizona, lost 77-71, @ USC, won 65-50, Oregon State, won 71-63, Oregon, won 71-63, @ Stanford, won 82-74, @ Cal, won 61-60, Colorado, won 64-60, and Utah, lost 69-70.

Which team is predicted to win the game according to ESPN Analytics?: They have UCLA as having a 63.1% chance of winning this game against their crosstown rivals USC.

Game Prediction:  UCLA can and should win this game on their home court as they have already defeated USC this season. It will be in front of a loud and raucous crowd and look for the Bruins to defeat the Trojans by a final score of 71-65.