Freshman Lonzo Ball will make his regular season debut tonight for No. 16 UCLA
Next year at this time, the UCLA basketball team will be about 6,500 miles from Westwood. The Pac-12 announced Friday morning that UCLA will open the 2017-18 season in China against Georgia Tech.
“One of the reasons you come to UCLA is to play big games on the biggest stage,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “I’d say playing in the largest country in the world against a tremendous ACC program like Georgia Tech qualifies as a pretty big stage.”
In the 2016 edition of the Pac-12 China Game, Stanford and Harvard tip-off their seasons at 8 p.m. tonight in Shanghai. Next season will mark UCLA’s second trip to China in five years after playing a series of exhibition games in Beijing and Shanghai in August of 2012.
Touted freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf make their regular season debut tonight as the No. 16 Bruins open their season at Pauley Pavilion against Pacific at 6 p.m.