Andy Enfield

USC helping turn Los Angeles into a college basketball town as crosstown rival with UCLA heats up

USC helping turn Los Angeles into a college basketball town as crosstown rival with UCLA heats up

The Lakers are rebuilding oring and the Rams are whatever choice adjectives Eric Dickerson is using to describe them.

At the moment, Los Angeles is a college basketball town.

Pauley Pavilion should be packed to the rafters Saturday when No. 2 UCLA takes on Michigan, a reflection of how Lonzo Ball and fellow freshman TJ Leaf have awakened the long-dormant national powerhouse.

Here’s the best part: This isn’t a one-team town.

While UCLA has become the city’s basketball darling, USC is quietly off to its best start in 45 years. The Trojans head into Sunday’s game against Pepperdine with an 8-0 record.

USC, though currently...

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