Friday, February 24


Freshman forward T.J. Leaf finished his dominant showing in Tempe, Arizona, with nine points in the second half, for a total team-high 25. He also finished with nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)
Freshman forward T.J. Leaf finished his dominant showing in Tempe, Arizona, with nine points in the second half, for a total team-high 25. He also finished with nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Freshman forward T.J. Leaf scored 16 points in the first half of Thursday evening’s game against Arizona State, and UCLA had a nine-point lead at the break. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)
Freshman forward T.J. Leaf scored 16 points in the first half of Thursday evening’s game against Arizona State, and UCLA had a nine-point lead at the break. (Mackenzie Possee/Assistant Photo editor)

Redshirt freshman Jada Hart clinched No. 20 UCLA's 4-3 victory over No. 22 USC on Saturday, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 7-5. It was Hart's fifth singles win in her past six matches. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)
Redshirt freshman Jada Hart clinched No. 20 UCLA's 4-3 victory over No. 22 USC on Saturday, coming back from a 5-2 deficit in the third set to win 7-5. It was Hart's fifth singles win in her past six matches. (Dayoung Lee/Daily Bruin)

UCLA dropped their first meeting to USC, but are heavily favored to take the second game on their home court. Freshman forward T.J. Leaf will match up with Trojan forward Bennie Boatwright, who recently returned from a knee injury. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Basketball predictions: UCLA vs. USC

UCLA men’s basketball will take on its crosstown rival Saturday night in a game chock-full of playoff implications. The Bruins are third in the conference standings and will need to win their final five games to continue putting pressure on the Arizona Wildcats and the Oregon Ducks, while the Trojans are looking to bolster their case for the postseason by adding another top-10 win to their resume. Read more...

UCLA dropped their first meeting to USC, but are heavily favored to take the second game on their home court. Freshman forward T.J. Leaf will match up with Trojan forward Bennie Boatwright, who recently returned from a knee injury. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Bryce Alford led a team meeting after UCLA's loss to USC, in which the players refocused and recommitted themselves to playing defense. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games while holding opponents to under 80 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)
Bryce Alford led a team meeting after UCLA's loss to USC, in which the players refocused and recommitted themselves to playing defense. Since then, the Bruins have won four straight games while holding opponents to under 80 points. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin)

UCLA is currently third in the Pac-12, just behind Oregon and Arizona. The Bruins will need to sweep their last five games and for the Ducks and Wildcats to drop an additional game to tie for the regular season title. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)
UCLA is currently third in the Pac-12, just behind Oregon and Arizona. The Bruins will need to sweep their last five games and for the Ducks and Wildcats to drop an additional game to tie for the regular season title. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)

Junior center Thomas Welsh had eight rebounds and a block in UCLA men’s basletball’s comeback win over Oregon last  Thursday in Pauley Pavilion. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)
Junior center Thomas Welsh had eight rebounds and a block in UCLA men’s basletball’s comeback win over Oregon last  Thursday in Pauley Pavilion. (Jintak Han/Assistant Photo editor)


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