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You know how the story goes.

USC is a football school, while UCLA is the basketball team in town.

However, the myth has been debunked in recent years and it may be time to start reassessing the balance of power.

Of course, the Trojans are still dominant on the gridiron with wins in 11 of the last 12 crosstown showdowns.

But on the hardwood, USC will be going for their fourth straight win over UCLA Sunday night. 

Davon-Aboya.jpgThe two teams have split the last eight games.  And over the last 20, the series record stands at 10-10.

While the Trojans have had their dry spells in the rivalry, including just one win during the 1970's, the overall series record is closer than one would expect (128-103 in favor of UCLA).

And as we speak, the intimidation factor that once existed is gone.  The current Trojans know the history of John Wooden, but they understand better the recent past of beating UCLA by 20 points last year in Pauley Pavilion.

Going into Sunday's battle, the teams are hard to separate.

Both have proven they can compete with the best, including losses to Kansas at the buzzer and wins over ranked teams Texas and Tennessee (USC) and BYU (UCLA).

Both have shown themselves susceptible to letdowns against unheralded foes like Montana, Rider, Bradley and Virginia Commonwealth.

Both teams opened Pac-10 play with wins over Washington State, but losses to Washington.

The Bruins come in at 9-5 (1-1) with the Trojans at 9-6 (1-1).

Once on top of the mountain, UCLA has fallen down.  Once at the bottom, USC is climbing up.

On Sunday, they meet in the middle.

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