Forget the rivalry. Southern California just wants to win a Pac-12 game. UCLA, having gotten back to .500, wants to stay on track for a shot at the conference title the Bruins were picked to win.
This season hasn't gone according to plan for either of the crosstown rivals, who meet Sunday night at USC's Galen Center, just down the street from where the Bruins are playing their home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
The Trojans are winless in their first four Pac-12 games. The Bruins stumbled out of the gate in November with consecutive losses to mid-majors Loyola Marymount and Middle Tennessee State, then lost by 16 points to ranked Kansas and Michigan. Their only road win has been against Division II Chaminade at the Maui Invitational.