Thursday, February 23


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)

Back in January, senior guard Bryce Alford and the No. 5 UCLA men's basketball team put up triple digits against Arizona State. The Bruins will be facing them on the road Thursday evening. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Back in January, senior guard Bryce Alford and the No. 5 UCLA men's basketball team put up triple digits against Arizona State. The Bruins will be facing them on the road Thursday evening. (Owen Emerson/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA's defense has been on the upswing after its loss to USC back in January. Since then, the Bruins have limited their opponents to just 41 percent shooting. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)
UCLA's defense has been on the upswing after its loss to USC back in January. Since then, the Bruins have limited their opponents to just 41 percent shooting. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

Senior guard Bryce Alford led the Bruins to their 102-70 dismantling of the Trojans, scoring 26 points and going 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)
Senior guard Bryce Alford led the Bruins to their 102-70 dismantling of the Trojans, scoring 26 points and going 5-for-9 from beyond the arc. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Guard Lonzo Ball finished off the first half with a step-back 3 to put the Bruins up 13. The freshman has thus far notched nine points, five rebounds and three assists. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)
Guard Lonzo Ball finished off the first half with a step-back 3 to put the Bruins up 13. The freshman has thus far notched nine points, five rebounds and three assists. (Miriam Bribiesca/Photo editor)

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)


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