UCLA basketball finalizes its early-season non-conference schedule for 2022-23 season
On Friday, the UCLA men’s basketball team announced a finalized 11-game non-conference schedule for the upcoming season in 2022-23. That slate includes a trip to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in November for the two-day Continental Tire Main Event and then back-to-back contests on the East Coast against Maryland and Kentucky in the middle of December.
The Bruins will play Concordia in an exhibition game on Nov. 2. UCLA will then open its season against Sacramento State in Pauley Pavilion on Monday, Nov. 7. It gets three early home games before heading to Vegas for the Main Event.
“Our team is going to be tested early, and this non-conference schedule will provide some challenges,” Mick Cronin said in a release. “Players have chosen to attend UCLA because they want to be involved in high-level college basketball matchups. This schedule is no exception. When you look at our November games in Las Vegas and the two-game road swing along the East Coast, facing Maryland and Kentucky, we will have opportunities to see where we stand before getting to the bulk of our Pac-12 schedule.”
UCLA’s entire 31-game schedule—with game times and TV details—is expected to be finalized in September. The regular-season schedule will include 17 games at home, three contests at a neutral site, and 11 road games.
The Continental Tire Main Event will feature UCLA, Illinois, Baylor, and Virginia. The Bruins will open against Illinois on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU. They’ll then face either Baylor or Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 20, at noon PT or 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.
After a pair of home contests against Pepperdine (Nov. 23) and Bellarmine (Nov. 27), UCLA will play two Pac-12 games against Stanford and Oregon. The Bruins will play at Stanford on Thursday, Dec. 1, before returning home to host Oregon on Sunday, Dec. 4.
UCLA will host Denver (Dec. 10) before flying to the East Coast for a contest at Maryland on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Three days later, the Bruins will take on Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, Dec. 17. That game is set for a 2:30 p.m. PT tip on CBS.
The non-conference schedule concludes with UC Davis on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
UCLA went 27-8 last season, advancing to the Pac-12 Tournament title game against Arizona and then to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament. Several standouts from that group return—including point guard Tyger Campbell and forward Jaime Jaquez Jr.—as the Bruins chase a national title. Five-star signees in Adem Bona and Amari Bailey will look to help push UCLA over the top in Cronin’s fourth year at the helm.