UCLA Releases Hoops Schedule

UCLA has some notable non-conference games on its 2007-2008 basketball schedule, hosting Texas, taking a trip to Michigan, and participating in the CBE Classic, which includes Michigan State...

UCLA's 2007-08 men's basketball schedule is highlighted by nonconference contests in the CBE Classic, hosting Texas in the Pac-10/Big 12 Series (Dec. 2) and a trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play Big Ten foe Michigan (Dec. 22). It will be the sixth consecutive game against the Wolverines (the Bruins defeated Michigan 92-55 last year and won 68-61 in Ann Arbor on Dec. 17, 2005 and lead the series 10-3).

At the 16-team CBE Classic (Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20), four teams (UCLA, Maryland, Michigan State and Missouri) will host the four-team preliminary rounds on Nov. 12-13 on-campus sites with the winners advancing to the semifinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 19-20. While the other pods are not ready for release, the Bruins will be hosting Prairie View A&M at 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Pauley Pavilion and should they win, will face the winner of the Youngstown State/Chicago State game at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.

The Bruins will also play in the 14th annual Wooden Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Honda Center in Anaheim against an opponent to be named later. This will be UCLA's fifth consecutive Wooden Classic appearance and 11th overall (7-3 in prior contests). Last year, the Bruins defeated sixth-ranked Texas A&M, 65-62 in the Wooden Classic.

Other nonconference highlights include – opening the regular-season home campaign in Pauley Pavilion vs. Big Sky opponent Portland State (Nov. 9); hosting George Washington, a team that has made the NCAA Tournament for three consecutive seasons (Nov. 28) and hosting four other schools in Pauley (Yale/Nov. 23; Idaho State/Dec. 15; Western Illinois/Dec. 18 and UC Davis/Dec. 29) before beginning Pac-10 play.

UCLA, the defending back-to-back regular season Pac-10 champion, opens defense of its conference crown in early January at Stanford (Jan. 3). The 2008 Pac-10 Tournament, featuring all 10 teams, will once again be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles (March 12-15).

In all, there are 10 teams on UCLA's 2007-08 schedule that last year advanced to post-season play – nine in NCAA play (Maryland and Michigan State in the CBE Classic; George Washington and Texas and five teams from the Pac-10 – Washington State, Arizona, USC, Oregon and Stanford) and one from the NIT (Michigan).

"Our schedule is very challenging with a number of outstanding opponents in our nonconference schedule," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland, entering his fifth season. "I think the Pac-10 will be the toughest conference in the country. Without question, we have the potential to have seven teams from the Pac-10 in the NCAA Tournament in this upcoming season, which would be a new record for our league. I honestly expect to have seven teams in, our league is that strong, that balanced, that good. I believe the Pac-10 teams will excel in the NCAA Tournament because of the competitiveness."

In 2006-07, UCLA advanced to its second straight Final Four, finishing the season with an overall record of 30-6 and winning its second consecutive Pac-10 championship with a 15-3 mark. The Bruins have won 30 or more games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 1971-72 and 1972-73 national championship teams both recorded undefeated 30-0 seasons. Additionally, last year's strength of schedule was rated eighth in the country, but the Bruins' nonconference strength of schedule was third in the nation.

The schedule is tentative and subject to change due to television.

Tentative 2007-08 UCLA Men's Basketball Schedule

Fri.., Nov. 2 Exhibition
Mon., Nov. 5 Chico State (Exhibition)
Fri., Nov. 9 Portland State
Mon., Nov. 12 CBE Classic Prairie View A&M
Tue., Nov. 13 CBE Classic Preliminary Consolation or Final
Mon., Nov. 19 CBE Classic Semifinal
(Sprint Center, Kansas City)
Tue., Nov. 20 CBE Classic Final
(Sprint Center, Kansas City)
Fri., Nov. 23 Yale
Wed., Nov. 28 George Washington
Sun.., Dec. 2 Texas in Pac-10/Big 12 Series
Sat., Dec. 8 @ Wooden Classic (Honda Center)
Dec. 10-14 Finals Week
Sat., Dec. 15 Idaho State
Tue., Dec. 18 Western Illinois
Sat., Dec. 22 @ Michigan
Sat., Dec. 29 UC Davis
Thu., Jan. 3 @ Stanford
Sat., Jan. 5 @ California
Thu., Jan. 10 Washington
Sat., Jan. 12 Washington State
Sat., Jan. 19 USC
Thu., Jan. 24 @ Oregon
Sat., Jan. 26 @ Oregon State
Thu., Jan. 31 Arizona
Sat., Feb. 2 Arizona State
Thu., Feb. 7 @ Washington State
Sat., Feb. 9 @ Washington
Sat., Feb. 16 @ USC
Thu., Feb. 21 Oregon State
Sat., Feb. 23 Oregon
Thu., Feb. 28 @ Arizona State
Sat., Mar. 1 @ Arizona
Thu., Mar.6 California
Sat., Mar. 8 Stanford
Mar. 12 - Mar. 15 Pac-10 Tournament @ Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 20 - Mar. 23 NCAA First and Second Round
Mar. 27 - Mar. 30 NCAA Regional
Apr. 5 & Apr. 7 NCAA Final Four

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