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Published Oct 1, 2017 9:00 AM


Arts & Entertainment / SPORTS / Alumni Events


Football quarterback Josh Rosen. Photo courtesy of UCLA Athletics.

Football: UCLA vs. Arizona State

By the time UCLA wraps up its home schedule with a game against Arizona State, fans will already have the answer to a question first posed when the Bruins took on the Sun Devils last year in Tempe — namely, how healthy is quarterback Josh Rosen? Rosen, you’ll recall, injured his throwing shoulder when an ASU player tackled him, and he missed the rest of the 2016 campaign. Assuming he’s 100% for the 2017 season — and all reports suggest he’s fine — then the Bruins should be in the home stretch of a bowl-game-bound season with the match-up against USC coming up the following week. By the time the ASU game rolls around, new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will hopefully have the offense peaking while the defense looks to build on the quality it displayed last year.

NOV. 11 / SAT / TIME TBD. Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena. Tickets: $39-$275. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Women's Volleyball: UCLA vs. Washington

The 2016 version of the UCLA women’s volleyball team, which finished the season ranked 8th in the nation, featured a program-high four All-Americans. Three-fourths of the stellar quartet have moved on, leaving now-senior outside hitter Reily Buechler to lead the 2017 team.Buechler, an All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the third year in a row, led the team last season with 3.34 kills and 3.78 points per set, ranking eighth among Pac-12 players in kills per set. She reached the 20-kill mark three times. Among those joining Buechler this year is the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class and outside hitter Sarah Sponcil, a transfer from Loyola Marymount and a two-time All-American Honorable Mention.

SEP. 29 / FRI / 7 P.M. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Men's Soccer: UCLA vs. Stanford

Ranked second in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches Poll, the UCLA men’s soccer team is looking to improve on last season’s second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins will be led by junior defender Erik Holt, an Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 selection and one of only two players to start all 20 matches last season. He’ll be joined by senior midfielder Brian Iloski, last year’s point leader, as UCLA seeks its ninth Pac- 12 Conference title in program history and seventh during Head Coach Jorge Salcedo’s 14-year tenure. This midseason match against Stanford, the two-time defending national champions, is sure to be one of the most exciting games on the schedule!

OCT. 1 / SUN / 5 P.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Women's Soccer: UCLA vs. USC


UCLA finished the 2016 women’s soccer season ranked No. 8 in the country after dropping its final match in penalty kicks to No. 1-seed West Virginia. The Bruins return nine starters from last season’s squad, including All-American and Olympic bronze medalist Jessie Fleming, All-Pac-12 honorees Anika Rodriguez and Hailie Mace and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman players Kaiya McCullough and Teagan Micah. The Bruins also added to their 2017 roster three athletes who played in either the Under-20 or Under-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup — Marley Canales, Ashley Sanchez and Karina Rodriguez. The season concludes with the biggest rivalry game in women’s college soccer, the crosstown showdown against defending NCAA champion USC.

NOV. 3 / FRI / 7 P.M. Location: Drake Stadium, UCLA. Tickets: $8; $5 for youth. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Cincinnati

Cincinnati makes its first-ever appearance in Pauley Pavilion this season, the first match-up in a home-and-home series that concludes next year in the Queen City. The Bruins defeated the Bearcats in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Sacramento, 79-67, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons. UCLA returns Aaron Holiday, Thomas Welsh and G.G. Goloman in 2017-18 and welcomes a Top 5-ranked freshman class that features two McDonald’s All-Americans — Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes — and coveted recruits LiAngelo Ball (brother of Bruin/Laker Lonzo), Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and Chris Smith.

DEC. 16 / SAT / TIME TBD. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: $39-$231+. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

Men's Basketball: UCLA vs. Kentucky

Bruin fans in the Big Easy — or those looking to spend the holidays enjoying beignets at Café du Monde — won’t want to miss the UCLA-Kentucky match-up in New Orleans. UCLA has beaten Kentucky in regular season match-ups the past two years, but the ’Cats got the best of the Bruins in a 2017 Sweet 16 game.

DEC. 23 / SAT / TIME TBD. Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA. Tickets: TBA. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.


Women's Basketball: UCLA vs.UConn

When UCLA booked UConn for an early season intersectional contest, they likely assumed they’d be hosting the defending national champs. After all, UConn won four straight titles from 2013-16 (10 titles since 2000). But the Huskies lost to Mississippi State in the 2017 national semifinals and saw their record 111-win streak come to an end. That said, the Huskies should still be a tough match-up when they visit Pauley Pavilion. It’s doubtful that Cori Close’s Bruins feel otherwise; it was the Huskies who ended the Bruins’ 2016-2017 season in the Sweet 16. UCLA’s squad is led by All-American guard Jordin Canada, along with forward (and fellow senior) Monique Billings. Canada has guided UCLA to its first back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances in school history, leading the Pac-12 in assists (7.1 apg), steals (2.5 spg) and assist/turnover ratio (2.7). She was third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 17.9 points per game. Billings averaged 16.7 points and 10.5 boards in 2016-2017.

DEC. 16 / TUES / TIME TBA. Location: Pauley Pavilion, UCLA. Tickets: 12 adult (reserved); $10 youth (reserved); $8 adult (general admission); $5 youth (general admission); children 2 and under free; UCLA students free with BruinCard. Phone: (310) UCLA–WIN. Web: www.uclabruins.com.

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