This evening, the UCLA Bruins will travel twelve miles from Westwood to the South Central LA to face the Southern Cal Trojans. This game is a battle for first place in the Pac-12. To be sure, the Bruins have torn through their first ten games of conference play and won nine of those games, but the Trojans have gone 8-2 during the same stretch to set up tonight’s battle.
While UCLA’s lone conference loss came against Stanford in overtime, Southern Cal has lost games to Colorado and Oregon State.
The key to tonight’s game for the Bruins will be defense. If the Bruins can hold the Trojans to 62 points or less, UCLA will win. On the other hand, if the Bruins let Southern Cal get to 70 first, UCLA fans may not be happy with the final result.
The Trojans are led by freshman forward Evan Mobley, who is averaging 16.8 points per game. The younger half of the Mobley brothers is Southern Cal’s highest percentage shooter, making 58% of his shots, but it would seem that they are higher percentage shots that he takes as Evan is the second worst three-point shooter of the Trojans’ starting five. The younger Mobley also leads the team with an average of 9.0 rebounds per game. He also leads the team in blocks with 49 and is second on the team in steals with 15, just one behind his brother Isaiah.
There are two other starters averaging in double figures. Senior guard Tahj Eaddy is second with an average of 12.6 ppg while junior guard Drew Peterson is averaging 10.2 ppg. Peterson leads the team with 57 assists on the year while Eaddy is Southern Cal’s biggest three-point threat. Eaddy is a 45.2% three-point shooter and he leads the team in both three-point attempts and three-point baskets.
Sophomore forward Isaiah Mobley is Evan’s older brother. Isaiah is averaging 9.5 ppg. He leads the team in steals and is second to his brother in blocks with 20. Senior guard Isaiah White is only contributing 8.0 ppg but he actually has a higher three-point percentage than Eddy at 47.3%, but he’s also taken fewer than half as many shots than Eddy.
Look for Chavez Goodman and Ethan Anderson as two of the first guys off the bench for Enfield. If UCLA can get either of the Mobley brothers in some foul trouble, Goodman will be Andy Enfield’s go-to guy, even though Goodman hasn’t been too productive.
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Opponent: Southern Cal Trojans (14-3, 8-2)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 143-11
When: 7:00 pm PT, Saturday, February 6, 2021
Where: Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA
TV: ESPN with Dave Pasch and Bill Walton
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app
Radio/Audio:AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy MurraySatellite Radio: Sirius XM Ch. 84 (UCLA feed)And, of course, here in The Mighty Bruin Game Thread!
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
Game Notes:UCLASouthern Cal
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