We can talk about USC’s basketball season in many ways. USC prefers to focus on finishing second in the Pac-12 despite missing De’Anthony Melton, Bennie Boatwright and the firing of assistant coach Tony Bland.
But how about this stat: USC has lost four straight to UCLA. More significantly, USC is 0-2 against UCLA this season. Rule No. 1 of basketball is to beat your archrival at least once. UCLA entered Saturday’s game at the Galen Central without guard Jaylon Hands and effectively was down to a seven-man rotation.
So the Melton-Boatwright excuse doesn’t wash as much. Especially when you see who has beaten UCLA in recent weeks. This is where I get frustrated with Andy Enfield. USC led both UCLA games in the second half and lost both. And if you want to blame the FBI investigation, Enfield hired Bland, so he bears responsibility there too.
Whatever happens this season, USC is going to be 0-2 against UCLA, unless the teams meet in the Pac-12 Tournament.