UCLA finalizes nonconference basketball schedule, opens at San Diego State – Press Enterprise

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UCLA men’s basketball announced its seven nonconference games Tuesday morning, which begins Nov. 25 against San Diego State as part of a four-team event at Viejas Arena. The event also includes Pepperdine and UC Irvine.

The No. 22 Bruins will take on Pepperdine on Nov. 27 before a homestand at Pauley Pavilion that begins Nov. 30 against Long Beach State, Seattle University (Dec. 3), San Diego (Dec. 9), and Marquette (Dec. 11).

The final nonconference game will be played in Cleveland against preseason No. 10 Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic.

The matchup with San Diego State is an enticing season opener. The Aztecs were 30-2 last season and return second-leading scorer Matt Mitchell. UCLA head coach Mick Cronin spoke about a potential matchup with San Diego State last week before it was finalized emphasizing mental toughness.

“We have to be better at focusing on the next play,” Cronin said via Zoom. “Our guys can’t complain about a call when they’re supposed to be getting back on defense. Our first game could be at San Diego State – they were 30-2 last year. We need to be ready mentally.”

UCLA’s full Pac-12 schedule is not finalized with dates and times, except two lone games in December against Cal at home (Dec. 6) and on the road to Oregon (Dec. 23). The team’s final 18 conference games are set in a shell schedule that tells teams which school they’ll be playing against each week.

Game times and television designations will be announced at a later date.

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