USC-UCLA rivalry lives

February 05, 2002 9:52 AM
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The USC-UCLA rivalry has trickled into the best and worst of the GamingToday polls regarding how teams fare against the spread.

Southern Cal enters the Spread Beaters poll at No. 11 with an impressive 14-5-1 ATS. Meanwhile, the Bruins are a disappointing 7-13-1 ATS, good enough to enter the Dirty Dozen in the ninth position.

Coach Henry Bibby has guided the Trojans to a 10-2 mark ATS in the past 12 line games, according to Las Vegas Sports Consultants. USC comes off a 73-69 loss at Oregon as a six-point underdog, far and away the best performance from a visiting Pac 10 conference team in Eugene.

The Trojans have four games left in their regular season schedule, including a big matchup Wednesday night against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. Southern Cal won the first meeting 81-77 as a 3½-point favorite at the Forum in Inglewood.

Sam Clancy and David Bluthenthal each had double-doubles in the first meeting, combining for 37 points and 28 rebounds. Brandon Granville added 18 points and three assists.

The Bruins are 4-3 ATS in their last seven games after going through a major midseason slide. Coach Steve Lavin has had the reputation in the past few seasons for getting his teams to play their best basketball as the tournament approaches. This clash with USC could be the springboard for the Bruins.

UCLA comes off one of its most impressive efforts of the season, blitzing Oregon State by 22 points in Corvallis. The Bruins played their best defensive game of the year, holding the Beavers to 48 points.

Jason Kapono and Dan Gadzuric had 19 and 18 points respectively for UCLA. Kapono and Gadzuric must play well and stay healthy for the Bruins to have any chance in postseason play. Kapono was held to 13 points in the first clash with USC, so expect a big game from the 3-point specialist.

Matt Barnes, who led UCLA with 34 points, will be a player USC must do a better defensive job against. Barnes had nine points in 25 minutes at Oregon State, but was 4-of-6 from the field.

Memphis jumped into the top spot in the Spread Beaters with a 15-5 ATS record, supplanting Texas Tech. The Red Raiders dropped to third behind Georgia, which remained in the second slot.

North Carolina remains the clear No. 1 in the Dirty Dozen with a 2-12-1 ATS record. The Tar Heels set another Dean Dome record for worst loss in their home arena after Duke handed UNC a 29-point defeat. Wake Forest had dealt the Tar Heels a 22-point defeat earlier in the year at Chapel Hill.

  

ATS  

CON

1 Memphis  

15-5  

 usa

2 Georgia  

14-6  

 sec

3 Texas Tech  

13-5  

 b12

4 Ohio State  

12-5  

 b10

5 Drexel  

 13-5  

 caa

6 Buffalo  

 12-5  

 mac

7 Kent St  

13-5-1  

 mac

8 Air Force  

 10-4  

 mtw

9 Hawaii  

11-4  

 wac

10 Nebraska  

 8-3-1  

 b12

11 USC  

 14-5-1  

 p10

12 Pittsburgh  

 11-5  

 bgE

La Tech (10-4), Tulsa (11-5), Loyola of Chicago (11-5), Clemson (10-6)

 

  

ATS  

CON

1N.Carolina  

 2-12-1  

 acc

2Purdue  

 3-15-1  

 b10

3Baylor  

 4-10  

 b12

4Wash State  

 5-11  

 p10

5UAB  

 6-12  

 usa

6Temple  

 6-13  

 a10

7E. Michigan  

 5-12  

 mac

8Miss State  

 5-11  

 sec

9UCLA  

 7-13-1  

 p10

10Providence  

 7-12  

 bgE

11DePaul  

 6-12  

 usa

12Florida St  

 5-10  

 acc

Honorable mentions: Hofstra (6-12), San Jose St (7-11)