The Bruins’ campaign on the hardwood is fast approaching and the program has released the first 14 games of its official 2022-2023 schedule.
UCLA men’s basketball will return for the regular season against Sacramento State on November 7th at the Pauley Pavilion. The following month, the Blue and Golds will go head-to-head in the Continental Tire Main Event and CBS Sports Classic against suspected top-25 contenders with Illinois, Baylor, Virginia and Kentucky all going up against UCLA of some sort.
The former of the two events will take place on November 18th and 20th, with the Bruins guaranteed to take on the Fighting Illini and then face off against the winner or loser of the fight between the Bears and Cavaliers. Maryland and Kentucky are the last high-profile non-conference affair on the board.
The Bruins have had plenty of clashes against the Wildcats lately, and the December 17 battle at Madison Square Garden between the Blue Bloods will likely add to their story.
“Our team will be tested early and this out-of-conference schedule will present some challenges,” coach Mick Cronin said in a statement. “Players chose UCLA because they want to play high-level collegiate basketball. This schedule is no exception. If you look at our November games in Las Vegas and the two-game road swing along the east coast, across from Maryland and Kentucky, we’ll have a chance to see where we’re at before we get to the bulk of our Pac-12 schedule.”
The matchup against the Terrapins will be UCLA’s first look at life in the Big Ten. A trip to College Park on December 14 will see Blue and Gold play in their only real non-conference road game currently on the schedule.
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UCLA’s scheduled games against Illinois and Maryland will give Cronin & Co. a look at their future conference opponents ahead of the 2024-2025 campaign.
The remainder of the published schedule consists of matches against local opponents and mid-level contenders from across the country. November 7-14, UCLA will host Sacramento State, Long Beach State and Norfolk State.
Later in the month, on November 23rd and 27th, the Bruins will also play Pepperdine and Bellarmine at the Pauley Pavilion. The last two non-conference home competitions are December 10 against Denver and December 21 against UC Davis.
Stanford and Oregon also appear in the revealed portion of the 2022-2023 schedule, with the Pac-12 conference increasing to 20 conference games. Early conference pairings—away against the Cardinal on December 1 and home against the Ducks on December 4—take place between the non-conference bouts.
UCLA will host a tune-up exhibition against Concordia on November 2 at Pauley Pavilion, featuring the first look at first guard Amari Bailey, guard Dylan Andrews, wing Jack Seidler, wing Abramo Canka, Evan Manjikian and the big man Adem Bona is thrown.
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