By Steve Finley
Sports Editor 

Bruin and Trojan Basketball Look to Strong Second Halves

 

February 13, 2020

George Laase

Chris Smith and the rest of his UCLA teammates will host Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The second half of the Pac-12 season can make or break the UCLA and USC men's and women's basketball seasons. The UCLA women are in the best position to stumble and still make it to the NCAA Tournament but they still want continue to play at a high level to get a high seed in NCAA's.

The UCLA and USC women and the UCLA and USC men started the second half of the Pac-12 season last week and excluding the UCLA women the other teams have to win games if they expect to make it to the NCAA tournament.

The Lady Bruins are 21-2 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-12. The No. 7 ranked Bruins battle No. 2 Oregon Friday at 8 p.m. and if they beat the Ducks they will go into Monday's game against Oregon State tied for first place in the Pac-12 with Oregon. Both games will be played inside Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus.

The USC women are 12-11 overall and 4-8 in the Pac-12. The Lady Trojans can make the tournament if they win the Pac-12 Tournament. The Trojans are in eighth place in league play.

The USC men are 17-7 overall and 6-5 in the Pac-12 league. They are in fifth place in league play and the play Washington State inside the Galen Center on the USC campus on Saturday at 5 p.m. The USC men will need to four of their remaining six league games or win the Pac-12 tournament.


The UCLA men are 13-11 overall and 6-5 the Pac-12 which is good enough for sixth place in league play. They face Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will need to win the Pac-12 tournament if they expect to make it to the NCAA's.

George Laase

USC's Ethan Anderson slips between defenders on his way to the basket. The Trojans face Washington State on Saturday at home at 5 p.m.

 

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