AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardWell, on the heels of a certain one-sided football game six weeks ago, the current version of the UCLA-USC rivalry might best be described as Blowout Central. Wednesday’s Pac-10 game at Pauley Pavilion might not have been as lopsided as the Trojans’ football victory last month, but the basketball Bruins more than held up their end of the bargain. If 66 points was the magic number for the USC football team, then the UCLA basketball team wisely followed suit with an impressive 66-45 pounding of visiting USC. The football Trojans needed just a few possessions to gain a comfortable lead and cruise to a 66-19 win. This time it was Jordan Farmar, not Reggie Bush, who proved to be the unstoppable force as the basketball Bruins improved to 15-3. UCLA’s sophomore point guard knocked in 3-pointers on the Bruins’ first two possessions to the inevitable rout in motion. LOS ANGELES – Rivalry games between UCLA and USC have never really earned a snappy nickname. You know, something like The Big Game, a generic choice that is used in many parts of the country. Farmar finished with a game-high 15 points with five rebounds and six assists. “I thought Jordan did a great job, he played with a lot of passion,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “These guys came to play.” A 6-0 lead quickly turned into a 18-2 lead, which turned into a 24-5 lead, which turned into a 29-7 lead, which probably turned into people at home flipping the satellite TV over to “Skating With Celebrities.” New USC coach Tim Floyd wasn’t so lucky. He had no choice but to watch his promising young team slip into the depths of Blowout Central. “It’s really disappointing,” Floyd said. “We lost our poise offensively as a result of their pressure – it’s an aberration from how we’ve played.” It only makes sense. If an up-and-coming UCLA football team with an impressive 10-1 record can be thrashed by 47 points in Blowout Central, it only seems appropriate that an up-and-coming USC basketball team with an impressive 12-5 record would get steamrolled by 21 points. It was easily the Trojans’ biggest loss of the year. Gabe Pruitt, averaging 16.7 points, was held to four. And Nick Young might have the loudest haircut in town with his Faux-Hawk, but his game was as quiet as could be with just eight points. Dwayne Shackleford, who didn’t even enter the game until late in the first half, led USC with 12 points. Sure, the UCLA basketball players will insist their effort had nothing to do with USC’s football blowout. But there were certainly visions of football dancing in the heads of Bruins fans, who answered USC’s two-fingered victory signs by borrowing Texas’ two-fingered Hook ’em Horns salute in response. “It was very exciting,” UCLA freshman forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said of his first taste of Blowout Central. “Give credit to the crowd, they did a great job of pumping us up.” Said forward Arron Afflalo: “You get off to a good start, it just tears the other team’s heart out.” And so it goes in Blowout Central. One team rides off into the sunset while another has its heart torn out. It’s not pretty, and that’s what makes a rivalry so special. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Crosstown Showdown is not too bad, though a bit of a mouthful. The Battle for Los Angeles is a bit too literal, not to mention it’s already been taken by Rage Against the Machine, a band some of today’s players might have listened to in elementary school. And no matter how nice those luxury cars might be, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone on either side of the rivalry really excited about throwing down the Lexus Gauntlet.