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UCLA Basketball: UC Riverside Game Thread -- Last Easy Game

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UC Riverside (5-3) visits Pauley tonight. This is the last easy game before the Bruins have to run the Gonzaga, Kentucky and Alabama gauntlet. It doesn't get easier with the start of the conference schedule. Is this the calm before the storm -- both on and off the court?

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The 5-3 UC Riverside Highlanders visit Pauley Pavilion to take on the 7-2 UCLA Bruins. Tip-off is set for 8:05PM PT. You can catch the game on PAC-12 Networks. Ted Robinson and Don MacLean will call the game. You can also listen on Tunein Radio or 570 AM. Follow along with live stats here.

Read the DCBruins' preview and the official guide at uclabruins.com (from which you can click to their exhaustive stats and tidbits).

Like DC Bruins said, this will be the last easy game for the Bruins before they go on a difficult OOC stretch against Gonzaga, Kentucky and Alabama on the road. It doesn't stop there because it the conference opens up with a road trip to Colorado/Utah (and January 2) and then a home series with Stanford and Berkeley.

There will be things to watch for: are the bench roles and minutes solidified, do the Bruins exploit their superior inside game with Looney and Parker, and finally, will this be the 24/7 Bryce Alford show or will he be more playmaker than shooter?

Enjoy the game thread with your fellow BNers and Bruins.