If you want to see the glass as half full, well then USC will be going into its 12:30 p.m. Sunday game against UCLA at the Galen Center having already beaten the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion and having won four of its last five games.
If you're into seeing the glass as half empty, the Trojans (12-14, 7-6 in Pac-12 Conference) blew a chance to take a a five-game winning streak into the game. After hanging on to beat Stanford at Palo Alto on Thursday, USC was on the verge of a Northern California sweep until California's Bears closed out Sunday's game on a 25-7 run.
Interim Coach Bob Cantu's assessment of the last 15 minutes?
"They made some very big shots, we didn't get shots when we needed them," he said.
As for that Jan. 30 victory over UCLA (19-7, 9-4), Cantu said his team took good care of the basketball and played well in the open court.
"We pushed the ball, which was great, and for the most part did a good job on Shabazz [Muhammad, UCLA's top scorer]," Cantu said. "We're going to have to do that again, take care of the basketball and do a good job of defending their perimeter players."