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Updated: Saturday, February 22, 2003 10:58 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
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No. 20 California (18-5) at USC (10-12)
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LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- No. 20 California tries to avoid a winless week against Los Angeles schools when it visits Pac-10 Conference foe Southern California at the L.A. Sports Arena on Saturday.

The Bears (18-5, 11-3 Pac-10) were upset by UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday, 76-75, in overtime.

After Dijon Thompson put the Bruins ahead with a basket with six seconds left, Amit Tamir missed an open 12-foot jumper just before the buzzer, snapping the Bears' four-game winning streak.

Brian Wethers scored 21 points and Joe Shipp 18 for the Bears, who fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Arizona in the conference standings.

The Trojans (10-12, 5-8) have lost a season high-tying three straight games, including a 73-67 home loss to Stanford on Thursday.

Desmond Farmer scored 24 points and Rory O'Neil and Gregg Guenther each recorded a double-double but they could not help the Trojans from blowing a five-point lead in the final 6:51.

USC has not lost four in a row since a five-game skid in 2000.

California defeated USC at home on January 23, 73-68. The Bears have won 10 of 13 against the Trojans, including four of five at the Sports Arena.


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