LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s 2010-11 men’s basketball schedule is highlighted by non-conference contests in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York, during Thanksgiving weekend; a road game at Kansas in the Pac-10/Big 12 Series (Dec. 2) and the return of Steve Lavin, who will bring his St. John’s Red Storm team into Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 5, 2011.
In all, the schedule features seven games against teams that were in the field of 65 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and another possible two games against NCAA Tournament teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
While the field for the 16-team NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 15-26) has not been announced, the UCLA Bruins will host the West Regional (Nov. 15-17). The Bruins will play on only two of the three days of the West Regional and then will either advance to the Semifinals in New York or the Consolation Rounds, depending on the outcome of Regional play.
The Bruins will also play in the 17th annual Wooden Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Honda Center in Anaheim (opponent to be announced at a later date). This will be UCLA’s eighth-consecutive Wooden Classic appearance and 14th overall (9-4 in prior contests).
Another non-conference highlight includes opening the regular season at home with a local team (Cal State Northridge/Nov. 12) in Pauley Pavilion before hosting the NIT Season Tip-Off West Regional.
The Bruins also host five other non-conference teams (Montana/Dec. 5; Cal Poly/Dec. 11; UC Davis/Dec. 13; Montana State/Dec. 21 and UC Irvine/Dec. 23) before beginning Pac-10 play.
UCLA opens conference play on Dec. 29 with Washington State before a New Year’s Eve contest at home with Washington (Dec. 31). The 2011 Pac-10 Tournament, featuring all 10 teams, will once again be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles (March 9-12).
In 2009-10, UCLA finished with a 14-18 overall record and in a tie for a fifth-place finish in the Pac-10 Conference (8-10). The Bruins return three starters in junior guard Malcolm Lee, and sophomore forwards Tyler Honeycutt and Reeves Nelson.
The schedule is tentative and subject to change due to television.
Tentative 2010-11 UCLA Men’s Basketball Schedule
Thu., Nov. 4, Westmont College (Exhibition)
Tue., Nov. 9, Cal State Los Angeles (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 12, Cal State Northridge
Mon., Nov. 15, NIT Season Tip-Off Regionals
Tue., Nov. 16, NIT Season Tip-Off Regionals
Wed., Nov. 17, NIT Season Tip-Off Regionals
Mon., Nov. 22, NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Rounds
Tue., Nov. 23, NIT Season Tip-Off Consolation Rounds
Wed., Nov. 24, NIT Season Tip-Off Semifinals (New York)
Fri., Nov. 26, NIT Season Tip-Off Finals (New York)
Thu., Dec. 2, at Kansas (Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series)
Sun., Dec. 5, Montana
Sat., Dec. 11, Cal Poly
Mon., Dec. 13, UC Davis
Sat., Dec. 18, at Wooden Classic
Tue., Dec. 21, Montana State
Thu., Dec. 23, UC Irvine
Wed., Dec. 29, Washington State
Fri., Dec. 31, Washington
Sun., Jan. 9, at USC
Thu., Jan. 13, at Oregon State
Sat., Jan. 15, at Oregon
Thu., Jan. 20, California
Sat., Jan. 22, Stanford
Thu., Jan. 27, at Arizona State
Sat., Jan. 29, at Arizona
Wed., Feb. 2, USC
Sat., Feb. 5, St. John’s
Thu., Feb. 10, Oregon
Sat., Feb. 12, Oregon State
Thu., Feb. 17, at Stanford
Sat., Feb. 19, at California
Thu., Feb. 24, Arizona
Sat., Feb. 26, Arizona State
Thu., Mar. 3, at Washington
Sat., Mar. 5, at Washington State
Mar. 9-12, at Pac-10 Tournament (Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA)
Mar. 17-20, NCAA First and Second Rounds
Mar. 24-27, NCAA Regionals
Apr. 2 & 4, NCAA Final Four
All games broadcast on the UCLA/ISP Sports Network (AM 570 KLAC in Los Angeles).