David Wear Talks about USC

David Wear talks about going up against USC on Sunday, whether the rivalry has been diminished, and what kind of play UCLA will need from Josh Smith the rest of the way...

Q: What does this rivalry game mean to you?

A: It's intense. I mean, we know what we're getting into. We obviously want to get this win, we're 2 and 2 right now, so this is obviously a big win for us. We're going to spend a lot of this week really preparing and figuring out what we need to do to be efficient as a team and play well on Sunday.

Q: Do you remember any USC-UCLA games?

A: I never went to any, but I remember watching back when guys like Earl Watson and Matt Barnes were on the team. And even more recently when Love and Westbrook and OJ and Demar and all those guys were on the teams.

Q: Does the fact that USC is on a losing streak make them more dangerous?

A: Yeah, I don't think we're going to overlook them, just because they haven't won a game in the Pac-12 yet. We know that they do have some very good players on their team, and we're going to prepare for them the way we would for any other team.

Q: Do you think there's less excitement about this year's SC game than in recent years?

A: No, not really. I've had people ask me about the game and what time it is, so I think there are a lot of people who are excited to go out and watch it.

Q: Is it more comfortable for you guys going down there having gone down there for almost every home game?

A: Yeah, it's going to be easy, it being right across the street from the Galen Center. And I mean, it should be fine staying at the hotel the night before. Obviously the atmosphere and the crowd is going to be different, but nothing we haven't seen this year.

Q: How well did Josh play on Saturday, and were you guys waiting for that all year?

A: Yeah, he was dominant. He had a huge game for us. That's how we need him to play. If he plays like that, no one can guard him and when he plays that hard and that physical, he makes our team way way better.

Q: Do you guys get on him in the locker room, like what took him so long?

A: Not really, we're more like, in the locker room after, saying, "hey, we need you to play like that every single game. Really focus and make sure you're ready to play like that every game."

Q: What do you think was the impetus for him playing so well?

A: I don't know. Maybe just sitting out those couple of days, and then having to come back and he was hungry to get out there and really play physical and play hard. And he had some energy. I'm not sure.

Q: You guys beat Arizona without him and he had to sit the entire game. Do you think that played a role?

A: Yeah, I think so. I think he saw how much fun we were having, and I'm sure he wished he could have been out there. Been on the court and contributing too, especially going up against Arizona. It's a huge game.

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