LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s basketball team will play 13 non-conference games this upcoming season, highlighted by a meeting at Kentucky on Dec. 3 and a home game versus Michigan on Dec. 10.
The Bruins’ non-conference schedule features eight games in Pauley Pavilion, three contests in Orange County as part of the 2016 Wooden Legacy (Nov. 24, 25, 27), one game at Kentucky and a CBS Sports Classic contest against Ohio State in Las Vegas on Dec. 17.
“We’re confident that this non-conference schedule is not only going to go a long way towards helping our team prepare for Pac-12 play, but ultimately it’s going to pay dividends for us in March,” UCLA head coachSteve Alford said. “Over the last three years, we’ve upgraded our program’s non-conference schedule, and this year is no exception. Having hosted non-conference games against Gonzaga and Kentucky at Pauley Pavilion in each of the past two seasons, being able to add Michigan, a marquee Big Ten opponent, to the home schedule is another great win for our fans.”
“In addition to a number of matchups with very good local teams,” Alford continued, “our guys are also excited about making our first-ever trip to Kentucky’s Rupp Arena as well as heading back out to Las Vegas to face a very talented Ohio State team. We know we have a lot of work to do between now and that first game against Pacific, but our players can’t wait to get back on the floor for what promises to be a very exciting season of UCLA basketball.”
UCLA’s 13-game non-conference schedule has the potential to include as many as eight teams that competed in the postseason in March 2016. The Bruins’ complete schedule, including all 18 Pac-12 Conference games, will not be finalized until later this summer.
UCLA will begin its regular season against Pacific on Friday, Nov. 11. As part of the Wooden Legacy, the Bruins will host CSUN on Nov. 13. Prior to three more Wooden Legacy games – all of which are in Orange County – UCLA will welcome San Diego on Nov. 17 and Long Beach State on Nov. 20 to Pauley Pavilion.
This season’s Wooden Legacy field includes CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M, UCLA and Virginia Tech. The Bruins will play on Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and Friday, Nov. 25 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym before closing the tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday, Nov. 27.
Following the Wooden Legacy, the Bruins will host UC Riverside on Nov. 30 before making their first-ever appearance at Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky on Dec. 3. After returning home for fall quarter final exams, the Bruins will host Michigan on Dec. 10 and UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 14.
UCLA will play Ohio State in Las Vegas on Dec. 17 as part of the annual CBS Sports Classic before concluding its non-conference schedule in Pauley Pavilion against Western Michigan on Dec. 21.
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UCLA’s Non-Conference Schedule
|Nov. 11||Pacific||Pauley Pavilion|
|Nov. 13||CSUN||Pauley Pavilion|
|Nov. 17||San Diego||Pauley Pavilion|
|Nov. 20||Long Beach State||Pauley Pavilion|
|Nov. 24||Wooden Legacy||Fullerton, Calif. (Cal State Fullerton)|
|Nov. 25||Wooden Legacy||Fullerton, Calif. (Cal State Fullerton)|
|Nov. 27||Wooden Legacy||Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)|
|Nov. 30||UC Riverside||Pauley Pavilion|
|Dec. 3||at Kentucky||Lexington, Ky.|
|Dec. 10||Michigan||Pauley Pavilion|
|Dec. 14||UC Santa Barbara||Pauley Pavilion|
|Dec. 17||vs. Ohio State||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Dec. 21||Western Michigan||Pauley Pavilion|
Please note: Wooden Legacy matchups have not been finalized (other competing teams include CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech).