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The crowd at a UCLA-USC football game distinctly split between Bruin Nation and Trojan Family lines. Photo courtesy of dailynews.com

 

A LOOK AT HOW THINGS ARE GOING WITH L.A.’S TWO BIGGEST INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING WITH REGARDS TO THE SPORTS THEY PLAY AGAINST EACH OTHER

 

Since 2001, there has been a school year-long contest in Los Angeles’ Crosstown Rivalry featuring all of the teams from UCLA and USC that play each other, with the winner getting the BMW Crosstown Cup.

BMW began sponsoring this competition in 2014 after Lexus ended their sponsorship in 2009 after nine years, when it was called the Lexus Gauntlet.

The current rules to win the cup are: Ten points are awarded to the winner in each UCLA vs USC contest.

The Trojans won the Crosstown Cup last year with 120 points to UCLA’s 70, and built on a five-year winning streak from 2007-12 to lead the series ten to five.

However, the Bruins, on the strength of sweeps by their women’s basketball and volleyball teams and wins by both the men’s and women’s tennis teams this weekend, are currently ahead in this year’s standings, 60-40.

 

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T.J. Leaf scoring on USC’s Chimeze Metu during UCLA’s 102-70 butchering of USC, with Lonzo Ball (#2) and De’Anthony Melton (#22) looking on. Photo courtesy of ca.sports.yahoo.com

 

Here is what happened in this year’s Crosstown Cup so far:

Football: USC, 36-14

Men’s Basketball: UCLA & USC split, 84-76 and 102-70

Women’s Basketball: UCLA swept, 74-59 and 71-67

Men’s Volleyball: UCLA, 3-1

Women’s Volleyball: UCLA swept, 3-1 and 3-2

Women’s Soccer: UCLA, 1-0

Men’s Water Polo: USC swept, 8-7 and 9-6

Women’s Water Polo: USC, 10-9

Men’s Tennis: UCLA, 4-3

Women’s Tennis: UCLA, 4-3

Women’s Swim/Dive: USC, 172-128 (10th win in a row over the Bruins)

Women’s Cross-Country: UCLA, 7th place to 12th place

 

Highlights from the Bruins’ blowout of the Trojans at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Courtesy of YouTube.

 

As for upcoming clashes between these two schools…

The rivalry will be renewed in a sport where the Bruins have never beaten ‘SC, women’s beach volleyball, this Saturday March 4th while the men’s tennis teams go at it again on the 9th.

Since 2010, along with the three regular season games that they play against each other every year, UCLA’s and USC’s baseball teams have met in Dodger Stadium as part of the annual Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.

It has become quite the large event with crowds as large as 15,000 – great for a college baseball game in March – and this year should be no different as the Bruins and Trojans will clash in Chavez Ravine this Sunday, March 5th.

 

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The women’s basketball version of the Crosstown Rivalry being played out at USC’s Galen Center.

 

SoCal Sports Annals will be there and have a full (and rare, as we usually don’t do recaps of games) recap of the game next Monday.

The games between UCLA and SC will resume in earnest in late April as sports like women’s rowing and men’s and women’s golf go at it, with a longtime staple of the Crosstown Rivalry, the annual track and field meet (both genders) will be held at Loker Stadium on the USC campus on April 30th.

The Bruin and Trojan men have met on the track since 1934, the women since 1984.

Being that ten points are awarded for every win, combined with the fact that most of the contests have been close – with the exception of football and the Bruin men’s basketball’s recent 102-70 pasting of the Trojans – this Crosstown Cup competition looks like it may well go down to the end of May.

We’ll see…

 

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The Bruin and Trojan baseball teams clashing at USC’s Dedeaux Field. Photo courtesy of pac-12.com

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