Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017-18 Non-conference schedule is out

UCLA Announces Non-Conference Schedule

UCLA will open its 2017-18 men's basketball season against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

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LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball team will play 13 non-conference games this upcoming season, including a trio of December meetings at Michigan (Dec. 9), against Cincinnati in Pauley Pavilion (Dec. 16) and versus Kentucky in New Orleans (Dec. 23).
The Bruins will open their schedule against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, China in the Pac-12 China Game on Friday, Nov. 10 (which will be Saturday afternoon in Shanghai). Exclusive ticket packages are still available via Anthony Travel by clicking here.
In addition, the team's non-conference schedule includes eight games in Pauley Pavilion and two Hall of Fame Classic contests in Kansas City, Mo. The Bruins will play at Michigan on Dec. 9 and will travel to New Orleans for a CBS Sports Classic contest against Kentucky on Dec. 23.
"When we assemble our schedule each year, we're trying to prepare our guys for the grind of Pac-12 play and, ultimately, for the NCAA Tournament," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "When you look at the teams we're going to play, combined with the travel involved, we believe that this is a tough non-conference schedule. While it may only be June, I know that our players can't wait to get back into Pauley to get the season started."
UCLA's 13-game non-conference schedule has the potential to include as many as five teams that competed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins faced two of those teams, Cincinnati and Kentucky, in last season's tournament field. UCLA's complete schedule, including all 18 Pac-12 Conference games, will not be finalized until later this summer.
Upon returning home from Shanghai after the game against Georgia Tech, UCLA will open its Pauley Pavilion schedule against Central Arkansas on Nov. 15 as part of the Hall of Fame Classic. The Bruins will also face South Carolina State on Nov. 17 in a Hall of Fame Classic contest in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins will fly to Kansas City, Mo., and play two games against either Baylor, Creighton or Wisconsin at the Sprint Center in the Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 20-21.
A four-game homestand will follow against UC Irvine (Nov. 26), CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 29), Detroit Mercy (Dec. 3) and Montana (Dec. 6) before the Bruins travel to play at Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 9.
UCLA will face Cincinnati (Dec. 16) and South Dakota (Dec. 19) in Pauley Pavilion before capping its non-conference schedule against Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic in New Orleans on Saturday, Dec. 23.
In addition, the Bruins will host one exhibition game in Pauley Pavilion before the team departs for Shanghai in early November. The game date and opponent have not been finalized.
Season ticket packages are on sale now starting at less than $19 per game. To secure your seats in Pauley Pavilion for the 2017-18 season, call (310) 206-5991 or visit

UCLA’s basketball team will travel the country — and to China — as part of a non-conference schedule announced Friday.
The Bruins are set to open the season against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Nov. 10 before playing their first home game Nov. 15 at Pauley Pavilion against Central Arkansas. UCLA is also to compete in the Hall of Fame Classic Nov. 20-21 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a four-team field that also includes Wisconsin, Creighton and Baylor.
UCLA is scheduled to play Michigan in Ann Arbor on Dec. 9 and Kentucky at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Dec. 23 as part of the CBS Sports Classic. The Bruins have gone 2-1 against the Wildcats over the last two seasons, most recently losing to them in an NCAA tournament regional semifinal.
“When we assemble our schedule each year, we’re trying to prepare our guys for the grind of Pac-12 play and, ultimately, for the NCAA Tournament,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said in a statement released by the school. “When you look at the teams we’re going to play, combined with the travel involved, we believe that this is a tough non-conference schedule.”
The Bruins’ schedule includes eight non-conference home games, including Cincinnati on Dec. 16 in a rematch of an NCAA tournament second-round game in March that UCLA won by 12 points.

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