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UCLA, Pac-12 nix USC's plan to practice at Sports Arena

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USC's plan to practice Tuesday at the Sports Arena in preparation for Wednesday night's road game against UCLA was nixed by UCLA and the Pac-12 Conference, forcing the Trojans to work out at the Galen Center practice court.

As if the 6-20 Trojans did not have enough obstacles to winning another game.

After the Trojans' loss to Stanford on Sunday, USC Coach Kevin O’Neill said the Trojans would take a day off and then practice Tuesday at the Sports Arena, which is serving as a home venue for UCLA during Pauley Pavilion’s makeover.

A UCLA official told The Times' Chris Foster that UCLA called the Pac-12 office asking for clarification about USC's privileges at the Sports Arena as a visiting team.

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Long Beach, Loyola Marymount included in BracketBusters field

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Long Beach State will play Creighton on Feb. 18 in Omaha in one of the marquee college basketball matchups in this year’s Sears BracketBusters series.

The annual two-day event features 13 games that will be nationally televised on ESPN’s various channels. Long Beach vs. Creighton will be the final game; it will be shown on ESPN2 with tipoff  scheduled for 7 p.m. PST.

Long Beach leads the Big West Conference with a 9-0 record, is 16-6 overall and has won nine in a row and 12 of its last 13 games. Creighton, leader of the Missouri Valley Conference, has won 10 straight to improve to 20-2 and is ranked No. 13 by the Associated Press.

Loyola Marymount (13-9) plays host to Valparaiso (15-8) in a Bracketbuster game at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 that will be broadcast on ESPNU. 

The full schedule:

Feb. 17: Northern Iowa at Virginia Commonwealth, 4 p.m., ESPN2/3; Valparaiso at Loyola Marymount, 6 p.m., ESPNU.

Feb. 18: Drexel at Cleveland State, 8 a.m., ESPNU; Wichita State at Davidson, 9 a.m., ESPN2/3; Buffalo at South Dakota State, 1 p.m., ESPNU; Akron at Oral Roberts, 11 a.m., ESPN2/3; Drake at New Mexico State, noon, ESPNU; Nevada at Iona, 1 p.m., ESPN2/3; Old Dominion at Missouri State, 2 p.m., ESPNU; No. 18 St. Mary's at No. 10 Murray State, 3 p.m., ESPN2/3; North Carolina Asheville at Ohio, 4 p.m., ESPN3; Texas-Arlington at Weber State, 5 p.m., ESPN3; Long Beach State at No. 13 Creighton, 7 p.m., ESPN2.

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Photo: Casper Ware, left, and Long Beach State are no strangers to big games this season having played North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville and Pittsburgh. Credit: Gerry Broome / Associated Press

USC basketball: Dewayne Dedmon out for season with knee injury

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This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

Dewayne Dedmon, USC's 7-foot NBA prospect, suffered a torn medial collateral ligament during the Trojans' loss to Colorado Thursday and will be sidelined the rest of the season, Coach Kevin O'Neill said.

Dedmon said Thursday night that he did not think the injury was serious, but an MRI exam on Friday confirmed the tear.

"I feel bad for the kid and I feel bad for the rest of the kids," said O'Neill, whose team is in the midst of a nine-game losing streak.

Dedmon is the fifth player to go down with a season-ending injury, joining guard Jio Fontan and forwards Aaron Fuller, Evan Smith and Curtis Washington.

"We're depleted to say the least," O'Neill said.

The Trojans play struggling Utah on Saturday night at the Galen Center.

More later at latimes.com/sports.

[For the record, 12:10 p.m. Jan. 27: A previous version of this post said Dewayne Dedmon suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.]

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Photo: Dewayne Dedmon, left, and Aaron Fuller celebrate a basket against Nebraska on Nov. 14, 2011. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press.

UCLA basketball: MRI shows 'no significant damage' to Wear's knee

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UCLA sophomore forward David Wear, who hyper-extended his knee Saturday against Oregon, returned to practice Monday, schools officials said.

Wear had an MRI on his knee Monday, which showed “no significant damage.” He is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.8 points and leads the team with an average of 6.4 rebounds per game.

Wear is expected to play in the Bruins’ game Thursday against Utah at the Sports Arena.

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Photo: Bruins forward David Wear looks to score against USC's Aaron Fuller (21) and Byron Wesley during a Pac-12 game last week. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

UCLA basketball: Ducks chase down Bruins for 75-68 victory

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UCLA continued down the slippery slope in Oregon, blowing a 15-point lead in the first half during a 75-68 loss to the Ducks on Saturday.

The Bruins led, 37-24, at halftime, but Oregon scored the first nine points of the second half and methodically wore down UCLA.

E.J. Singler scored a career-high 26 points, with 23 in the second half. His rebound and layup with 7 minutes 46 seconds left gave the Ducks a 52-50 lead. They never trailed again.

UCLA falls to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon is 15-5 and 6-2.

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Photo: UCLA center Joshua Smith battles Oregon's Olu Ashaolu (5) and Devoe Joseph for possession of the ball in the first half Saturday afternoon. Credit: Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

UCLA basketball: De'End Parker expected to transfer

UCLA guard De’End Parker is expected to transfer from UCLA, Coach Ben Howland said.

Parker, a junior, has played only two games this season after transferring from City College of San Francisco.

Howland said Parker would like to return to the Bay Area to be near his mother, Carmen Johnson, who is suffering from heart problems.

Parker played at San Francisco Lincoln High School.

"We’re going to help him with the petition so he can get closer to home," Howland said.

"I know that has weighed heavily on his heart. His mom is more comfortable with him around. He has our full support."

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College basketball: UCLA thumps USC, 66-47

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The Clippers and Lakers played Saturday night at Staples Center in a matchup some dubbed "Battle: L.A."

Just down the street a day later, UCLA and USC engaged in their own city-limits kerfuffle, but with watered-down stakes and a gaping lack of hype or outside interest.

With each team stuck spinning its wheels during down seasons that probably will end without a postseason tournament appearance, only bragging rights could be won.

UCLA took those, winning, 66-47, before a season-high 8,474 at the Galen Center.

PHOTOS: UCLA vs. USC

With Gus Johnson calling the game on television, it probably sounded exciting.

But for many in attendance, the game was a bore.

UCLA (10-7, 3-2 Pac-12 Conference) trailed 6-2 early but responded with a 22-4 run and strolled comfortably to its third consecutive win from there, with many fans filing out of the building with five minutes left and the Bruins leading by 20.

The Bruins have won eight of 10 and snapped a two-game skid at the Galen Center.

It also marked the first true road win for UCLA, which was playing only blocks from the Sports Arena, its home away from home this season.

USC (5-13, 0-5) extended its season-high losing streak to six games, its longest skid since it lost seven in a row during the 2002-03 season.

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College basketball: UCLA leads USC, 37-19, at halftime

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After one half, UCLA is dominating USC, 37-19, on the Trojans' home floor at the Galen Center.

The Bruins led by as many as 21 points, but USC guard Maurice Jones made a three-point shot that beat the halftime buzzer to make it an 18-point game. 

UCLA is shooting a sizzling 64%, having made 16 of its 25 shots.

Guard Lazeric Jones leads the Bruins with a game-high 11 points. Maurice Jones has five to lead USC.

PHOTOS: UCLA vs. USC

The game started with ugly play from both teams, befitting their seasons and, really, the entire Pac-12 Conference.

USC jumped out to a 6-2 lead ... but UCLA responded with a slow-but-steady 22-4 run that spanned more than 10 minutes to go ahead 24-10 with 4:30 left. 

Considering USC's offensive troubles, it will be hard for the Trojans to climb back into this. 

UCLA, with its imposing frontline, has controlled the glass with a 21-7 rebounding edge, not allowing USC to get any second-chance shots after misses.

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USC basketball: Arizona beats Trojans, 57-46

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The chant thundered through the Galen Center.

U of A! U of A!

Arizona felt at home on the road against USC on Sunday –- quite cozy, actually, with a pro-Wildcats crowd cheering it on, early and late.

And the Wildcats made the trip worth it for those who traveled from Tucson, routing the Trojans, 57-46.

It’s USC’s fifth consecutive loss and its eighth defeat in nine games.

The Trojans (5-12, 0-4 in Pac-12) remain the only conference team without a league win.

The last time they started conference play with four losses in a row was the 2004-05 season, when the Trojans finished 12-17.

Arizona (11-5, 2-1) bounced back after its loss to UCLA on Thursday.

If you factor in NCAA sanctions, Arizona won its first road game at USC since the 2004-05 season.

The Wildcats did win at USC during the 2007-08 season, when USC Coach Kevin O’Neill at the helm for Arizona, but that win was later vacated because of NCAA penalties.

USC shot terribly, again, and trailed by as much as 20 points in the first half.

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USC basketball: Trojans fall to short-handed Arizona State, 62-53

USC recorded an upbeat accomplishment Thursday.

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USC recorded an upbeat accomplishment Thursday.

Barring a true disaster, no loss it endures the rest of the season will be as embarrassing as its 62-53 loss  to a short-handed Arizona State squad.

For USC fans, that’s a glass-half-full way of looking at things.

To everyone else, it’s bunk.

The Sun Devils trailed before they entered the Galen Center, with three players, including leading scorer Keala King (13.7 points a game), suspended for “unacceptable conduct.”

Along with King, fellow starter Kyle Cain and reserve guard Chris Colvin didn’t make the trip to Los Angeles, leaving Arizona State with only six scholarship players.

The Sun Devils (5-9, 1-1 in the Pac-12 Conference) hadn’t been scoring much –- just 64.2 points per game, 10th lowest in the league -– but they were short about 28 more points than usual.

That wasn’t a problem against USC (5-11, 0-3), which has lost seven of eight.

The Trojans’ have plenty of their own offensive handicaps, finishing most games in the 40-point range, with an offense that averaged a league-worst 55.5 points a game.

And one of those issues is facing a zone defense, which Arizona State plays well.

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Gene Bartow dies of cancer; former UCLA basketball coach was 81

BartowGene Bartow, the man who replaced the legendary John Wooden as UCLA's basketball coach, died at his home in Birmingham on Tuesday evening after a nearly two-year battle with stomach cancer, a University of Alabama Birmingham spokesman confirmed. He was 81.

Bartow took over for Wooden at in 1975 and led the Bruins to the Final Four, but his 52-9 record in two seasons wasn't good enough for many UCLA fans.

Bartow left UCLA to start Alabama Birmingham's program in 1978. He had a record of 340-203 there, coaching through the 1995-96 season before turning over the program to his son, Murry.

“To begin an athletic program from the ground up, UAB had to find a motivating force without parallel,” Alabama Birmingham President Carol Garrison said in a statement. “Gene Bartow certainly was that person. He was a pioneer and passionate believer and leader in UAB athletics.”

Overall, Bartow won 647 games in 34 seasons as a college coach at Central Missouri, Valparaiso, Memphis, Illinois, UCLA and Alabama Birmingham. His Memphis team lost to Wooden's Bruins in the 1973 NCAA championship game.

At the time of his death, Bartow was president of Hoops, LP, the company that owns the Memphis Grizzlies and the FedEx Forum.

He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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