LOS ANGELES -- The facts are staggering.
USC basketball hasn't been the Elite Eight since 2001, and has advanced to only two Final Fours since 1954.
Across town, UCLA basketball boasts 11 national titles, ten of those thanks to legendary coach John Wooden, and handfuls of conference championships.
And this week, in a Hollywood twist fitting of La La Land, both programs made big hires (Steve Alford at UCLA, Andy Enfield at USC) and introduced their new head coaches a day apart.
On Wednesday at USC's Galen Center, a confident Enfield was asked about his first thoughts on the cross-town rivalry.
"I am focused on the future of USC basketball and no one else," said Enfield, admitting he didn't know Alford very well but that he does have great respect for UCLA.
Can Enfield, who led tourney-darling FGCU to the Sweet 16 with a fast-paced, high-scoring, dunk-crazy style of play, and the Trojans steal the thunder from Alford and the Bruins?
USC athletic direct Pat Haden seems to think ...