UCLA’s 2008-09 men’s basketball schedule is highlighted by several key non-conference contests.
These include the 2008 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, which culminates in Madison Square Garden; a trip to Austin, Texas, to face the Texas Longhorns in the Pac-10/Big 12 Series (Dec. 4); hosting Wyoming (Dec. 23) and hosting Notre Dame in the Bruins’ final non-conference game of the season (Feb. 7).
The field for the 16-team 2K Sports Classic (Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 20-21) has not been announced. Four teams (one of them being UCLA) will host the four-team preliminary rounds on Nov. 10-14 at on-campus sites with the winners advancing to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York, on Nov. 20 and the finals on Nov. 21.
The Bruins will also play in the 15th annual Wooden Classic on Dec. 13 at the Honda Center in Anaheim against DePaul. This will be UCLA’s sixth consecutive Wooden Classic appearance and 12th overall (8-3 in prior contests). Last year, the Bruins defeated Davidson 75-63 in the Wooden Classic.
Other non-conference highlights include four home games (Florida International on Nov. 29; Cal State Northridge on Dec. 7; Mercer on Dec. 20 and Louisiana Tech on Dec. 28) in Pauley Pavilion before beginning Pac-10 play.
UCLA, the defending back-to-back-to-back regular season Pac-10 champion, opens defense of its conference crown at Oregon State (Jan. 2). The 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, featuring all 10 teams, will once again be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles (March 11-14).
In 2007-08, UCLA advanced to its third straight Final Four, finishing the season with a school-record 35 victories. The Bruins won their third consecutive Pac-10 championship with a 16-2 mark.
UCLA (35-4) also won the 2008 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament and has won 30 or more games in three straight seasons for the first time in school history.
The schedule is tentative and subject to change due to television. While the dates have been set, the Bruins are still looking for one more home game (Dec. 17) and one exhibition opponent (Nov. 7).
DATE OPPONENT Tue., Nov. 4 Humboldt State Fri., Nov. 7 Exhibition Wed., Nov. 12 2008 2K Sports Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer) First Round Thu., Nov. 13 2008 2K Sports Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer) Second Round Thu., Nov. 20 2008 2K Sports Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer) Semifinals @ Madison Square Garden Fri., Nov. 21 2008 2K Sports Classic (Coaches vs. Cancer) Final @ Madison Square Garden Sat., Nov. 29 Florida International Thu., Dec. 4 @Texas in Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series Sun., Dec. 7 Cal State Northridge Dec. 8-12 Finals Week Sat., Dec. 13 DePaul @ Wooden Classic Wed., Dec. 17 TBD Sat., Dec. 20 Mercer Tue., Dec. 23 Wyoming Sun., Dec. 28 Louisiana Tech Fri., Jan. 2 @ Oregon State Sun., Jan. 4 @ Oregon Sun., Jan. 11 @ USC Thu., Jan. 15 Arizona Sat., Jan. 17 Arizona State Thu., Jan. 22 @ Washington State Sat., Jan. 24 @ Washington Thu., Jan. 29 California Sat., Jan. 31 Stanford Wed., Feb. 4 USC Sat., Feb. 7 Notre Dame Thu., Feb. 12 @ Arizona State Sat., Feb. 14 @ Arizona Thu., Feb. 19 Washington Sat., Feb. 21 Washington State Thu., Feb. 26 @ Stanford Sat., Feb. 28 @ California Thu., Mar. 5 Oregon State Sat., Mar. 7 Oregon Mar. 11 - Mar. 14 Pac-10 Tournament @ Staples Center, Los Angeles Mar. 19 - Mar. 22 NCAA First and Second Round Mar. 26 - Mar. 29 NCAA Regional Apr. 4 & Apr. 6 NCAA Final Four
All times Pacific. All games broadcast on the UCLA/ISP Network (AM 570 KLAC in Los Angeles).