USC VS. CALIFORNIA.
TV/Radio: Ch. 7, 1540-AM.
USC (10-13, 5-9) update: The Trojans again are fighting for the eighth and final spot to qualify for the Pacific-10 Conference tournament. USC, which is in eighth place, is a half-game ahead of Oregon State with four games remaining. Forward Rory O'Neil had one of his best games of the season against Stanford with 14 points. It's the most points O'Neil has scored since Jan. 4, when he scored 18 against Oregon State. Conversely, guards Errick Craven and Lodrick Stewart were a combined 4 for 18 from the field and 3 for 15 from 3-point range. USC has defeated Cal just three times since 1994.
California (11-11, 7-6) update: The Bears are just as spotty as everyone else in the Pac-10, other than Stanford. Cal won three in a row before suffering back-to-back losses to Stanford and UCLA. Cal is 5-1 in its past six games at the Sports Arena with the past two victories decided by a total of three points. Freshman forward Leon Powe leads Cal in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg). Freshmen and sophomores account for 77 percent of the Bears' points and 72 percent of their rebounds. The last time the teams played, Cal guard Richard Midgley was intentionally kicked in the head by Craven.
- Scott Wolf
UCLA vs. STANFORD
Tipoff: 1 p.m., Pauley Pavilion.
TV/Radio: Ch. 2; 1150-AM.
UCLA (11-11, 7-7) update: The Bruins will try to make it five years in a row defeating the top-ranked team in the nation. UCLA beat a top-ranked Stanford team on two other occasions during the streak, but the Cardinal has won six in a row at Pauley, the most ever by a UCLA opponent.
Stanford (22-0, 13-0) update: No team in Pacific-10 Conference history has gone undefeated in a league season, but the Cardinal is close. Stanford clinches the conference title and the No. 1 seed in next month's league tourney with a victory. Wing Josh Childress is coming off a career-high 36 points in Thursday's win against USC.
- Brian Dohn
PEPPERDINE at LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Tipoff: 7:30 p.m., Gersten Pavilion
Pepperdine (12-14, 7-4) update: The Waves own an 11-game winning streak over their cross-town West Coast Conference rival, including an 82-67 victory Feb. 24 in Malibu. Pepperdine needs a victory to keep pace with St. Mary's for second place in the conference standings. Alex Acker was named WCC Player of the Week and point guard Marvin Lea is averaging 8.5 apg and 29.5 mpg in his past two starts. Freshman point guard Shaun Davis is expected to play tonight after serving a one-week suspension.
Loyola Marymount (13-11, 4-7) update: The Lions are riding a two-game winning streak and need a victory to have any hope of earning a bye in the WCC tournament. Senior forward Sherman Gay (16.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is playing the final games of his Loyola Marymount career.
- Ross Siler
UC SANTA BARBARA at CSUN
Tipoff: 3 p.m., Northridge gym.
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Net 2; no radio; Internet at www.GoMatadors.com.
CSUN (10-12, 6-8) update: Eto Onyenegecha had 19 points, five rebounds and three steals in his first game back after sitting out one game while the school checked an NCAA transfer rule. CSUN beat Cal Poly - the Big West Conference's worst team - 80-71 on Thursday. Junior Ian Boylan scored 26 points, one shy of his career high, and played all 40 minutes. He was 7 of 11 from the field and made all 10 free throws.
UCSB (13-9, 7-6): The Gauchos, who have lost three of their past four, still are third in the Big West standings. UCSB lost to Big West co-leader Pacific 61-58 on Thursday. Senior Branduinn Fullove, a Simi Valley High product, averages a team-high 10.7 ppg. He is the only player in double figures. UCSB beat CSUN 59-47 on Jan. 22.
- Ross Siler