UCLA basketball schedule revealed, sets up drama with USC

The UCLA basketball team will play at USC on the final day of the 2017-18 regular season, a game that could have large implications. (Thomas Cordova SCNG)

The Pac-12 conference basketball schedule released Thursday revealed both good and bad for UCLA.

Logistically, the Bruins can be thrilled with the stroke of luck that landed Arizona on their schedule just once in the regular season. The Wildcats could be a preseason No. 1 team in the country and avoiding a second meeting could be the difference in winning a conference championship. For example, Arizona and Oregon played each other just once last season, while UCLA had to play each twice, a fate that probably cost it a share of the conference title.

The timing of UCLA’s matchups with USC, which could form the top tier in the Pac-12 along with Arizona and UCLA, isn’t particularly favorable for the Bruins.

UCLA plays at USC in the final game of the regular season, where a more talented Bruins team than the 2017-18 version wilted in its worst performance of last season. UCLA’s first matchup with USC will be the final game of the first round of Pac-12 play and precedes the week it plays at Arizona and against Oregon in Pauley Pavilion, its toughest stretch of conference play.

UCLA can take some solace in its young team being able to ease into conference play by hosting the Washington schools to open Pac-12 play and visiting Cal and Stanford the next week. Last season, by comparison, UCLA opened with a last-second loss at eventual conference co-champion Oregon and its second road trip was the Colorado-Utah combination that only two programs have emerged from unscathed in Pac-12 history.

2017-18 UCLA Men’s Basketball Schedule

Nov. 10       vs. Georgia Tech (Shanghai, China)

Nov. 15       vs. Central Arkansas

Nov. 17       vs. South Carolina State

Nov. 20       *at Hall of Fame Classic (Kansas City, Mo.)

Nov. 21       *at Hall of Fame Classic (Kansas City, Mo.)

Nov. 26       vs. UC Irvine

Nov. 29       vs. CSU Bakersfield

Dec. 3         vs. Detroit Mercy

Dec. 6         vs. Montana

Dec. 9         at Michigan

Dec. 16       vs. Cincinnati

Dec. 19       vs. South Dakota

Dec. 23       vs. Kentucky (New Orleans, La.)

Week of Dec. 27-31: vs. Washington/Washington State

Week of Jan. 3-7: at California/Stanford

Week of Jan. 10-14: vs. Colorado/Utah

Week of Jan. 17-21: at Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Jan. 24-28: vs. California/Stanford

Week of Jan. 31-Feb. 4: vs. USC

Week of Feb. 7-11: at Arizona/Arizona State

Week of Feb. 14-18: vs. Oregon/Oregon State

Week of Feb. 21-25: at Colorado/Utah

Week of Feb. 28-March 3: at USC

* – will face either Baylor, Creighton or Wisconsin

  • JustOwns

    UCLA has a good nucleus of veterans and highly touted recruits to compete near the top of the Pac- 12 So. Conf.

    One major thing though, Mr Walsh must be the 1a or 1b “O” option.