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LA: Ball is life

Basketball

The GIST: We're so proud that Ram Aaron Donald earned his third Defensive Player of the Year award and that Charger Justin Herbert was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. And we're still shook that pitcher Trevor Bauer signed with the Dodgers. But today, let’s talk college hoops.

February 08, 2021
Source: John McGillen/USC Athletics
Source: John McGillen/USC Athletics

Men’s: Saturday’s rivalry game saw USC prevail over No. 21 UCLA, beating the shorthanded Bruins handily 66–48. Trojan guard Ethan Anderson stole the show with a career-high 19 points, including five three-pointers. Swish.

  • With the win, USC leapfrogs over their crosstown rival to claim first in the Pac-12 standings and could break into the top 25 national rankings for the first time this season. Fight on!

Women’s: The UCLA and USC women went on the road this weekend to face the Washington Pac-12 schools, with mixed results.

  • IF UCLA WINS - No. 5 UCLA was upset by unranked Washington State on Friday night, before bouncing back yesterday to take down a struggling UW squad. With the split, the Bruins’ top-five ranking will likely take a hit this week. Ouch.

The Women of Troy fared much better than the Bruins, winning against both Washington and Washington State. What a Weeknd weekend for the Trojans.