"It might have been a closer game if UCLA had relied more on their big men than on their guards. The combo of Welsh and Parker was 19 of 27 from the field while the three starting guards shot a miserable 12 for 35. UCLA would also have been better off going inside than shooting from beyond the three-point arc tonight as they shot a terrible 21% from three-point land, only making 4 of 19 from there.
The loss to Southern Cal is the first time Steve Alford has lost to UCLA's crosstown rival since he became head coach. He is now 7-1 versus the Trojans."
From "USC snaps men's basketball rivalry streak with 89-75 win at UCLA" by Jack Wang at the Los Angeles Daily News:
"That's what made this loss feel different. It wasn't like falling to Monmouth or Wake Forest, or the two-game lull at Washington and Washington State. There were extenuating factors to consider then: a surprise in the season opener, tough road environments.
No, USC (15-3, 4-1) simply looked like the better team. It led by as much as 21 points, and fended off every UCLA comeback. In the second half, the Bruins got within single digits for barely a minute."