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No. 2-seed UCLA to Face No. 3-seed USC on Friday

Mar 11, 2022
Jules Bernard (photo by Jan Kim Lim)

LAS VEGAS – The No. 2-seed UCLA men's basketball team (24-6) will take on No. 3-seed USC (26-6) in the semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena on Friday evening.
 
The semifinal contest will be nationally televised on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. UCLA's radio broadcast will be available on AM 570 in the Los Angeles area. Bruins' broadcasters Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray will have the call, live from T-Mobile Arena.
 
Westwood One will provide a national radio broadcast on Friday evening (available online by visiting WestwoodOneSports.com). Ryan Radtke and PJ Carlesimo will provide the national radio call for Westwood One.
 
UCLA defeated Washington State, 75-65, before a crowd of 10,417 in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday night. Jaime Jaquez Jr. recorded his fifth double-double of the season, leading the team in points (23) and rebounds (11). The Bruins led at halftime, 40-28, and pushed their advantage to 20 points in the game's final six minutes.
 
Friday night's game will mark the seventh matchup featuring UCLA and USC in the conference tournament. The crosstown rivals first met in the Pac-10 Tournament at Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2008. UCLA and USC faced each other in the semifinals in 2008 and 2009. Other meetings have taken place in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (the final three in Las Vegas).
 
UCLA and USC split a pair of regular-season matchups during the final month of the regular season. USC won at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, 67-64, on Saturday, Feb. 12. Three weeks later, the Bruins answered with a 75-68 win over the Trojans in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom (on Saturday, March 5). UCLA snapped a five-game losing streak in the series against USC.
 
The Bruins and the Trojans have gone 6-6 in the past 12 meetings, dating back to February of 2017.
 
The winner of Friday's semifinal will face either No. 1-seed Arizona or No. 4-seed Colorado in the Pac-12 Tournament title contest on Saturday evening (at 6 p.m., PT). UCLA has not advanced to the championship game of the tournament since 2014, when the Bruins secured their fourth conference tournament title with a 75-71 win over Arizona at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.