UCLA, USC Basketball Teams Struggle On The Road
January 7, 2016
By Myke Williams
The UCLA Bruins and USC Trojan men’s basketball teams hope their home courts will provide that extra push into the victory circle this week when they take on the Arizona schools.
Last weekend their trips to the University of Washington and Washington State proved to be a disaster for both schools.
The Bruins played Arizona last Thursday and will face Arizona State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The Trojans played Arizona State last Thursday and will battle Arizona on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Galen Center on the USC campus.
Last weekend the No. 25 Bruins lost to Washington 96-93 in a double overtime thriller and then were beaten by Washington State, 85-78. The Trojans beat Washington State 90-77 and lost to Washington 87-85 after they blew a 22 point lead.
At press time the Bruins are 9-6 overall and 0-2 in Pac-12 play. The Trojans are 12-3 and 1-1. Both teams don’t really have a superstar but several players have stepped up this year. For the Bruins, Bryce Alford, who had a tremendous second against Washington, along with 7’0 Thomas Welsh and Isaac Hamilton are having very consistent seasons.
For the Trojans, six players are playing consistent basketball. Freshman Benny Boatwright, Nikola Jovanovic, point guard Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart, Katin Reinhardt and Julian Jacobs. Jacobs sprained his left ankle against Washington State and he is questionable against Washington State and Washington.
The UCLA and USC women’s basketball teams are currently playing outstanding basketball and will face each other on Sunday at the Galen Center at 6 p.m. The Bruins are 11-3 overall and a Pac-12 leading 3-0. The Trojans are 13-2 and 1-2.