This isn't just an exciting weekend for UCLA and USC fans - it's the sort of sports weekend that affects work production and has fans salivating all week.
Football fans are stoked with the NFL playoffs while the pro version of the LA championship happens Saturday night with the Lakers and Clippers facing off in Staples Center.
And there's a full slate of college basketball - with UCLA's trip to Galen Center to face crosstown foe USC wrapping up the weekend.
It comes for the Bruins after a sweep of the Arizona schools last week at Honda Center and a week of rest and practice.
"It's good from my standpoint," Coach Ben Howland said about the Pac-12 schedule that has UCLA taking the week off before playing USC. "It's an important week of practice. It's the last time we'll have four or five practices in a row before a game. We've got to utilize this."
Sophomore guard Tyler Lamb said playing in the crosstown rivalry was one of the reasons he wanted to attend UCLA and said he knew it wasn't just a big deal for the team, but for alumni too. Forward David Wear said he's fielded a few questions from his classmates too.
"A couple people were asking me what time it was at and are excited because it's USC," Wear said. "They wanted to go out and watch it."
For sports fans, it's just a fantastic finish to what is shaping up to be a fun weekend of viewing and cheering.