The #2 UCLA Men’s Water Polo team (25-2) is set to play #1 UC Berkeley (24-4) in the NCAA Semi-Finals this evening at 5:12 p.m. PT. The semis and the final tomorrow are being played in Berkeley, at the Spieker Aquatics Complex (not to be confused with UCLA’s home pool at the Spieker Aquatics Center), so the game will essentially be a home pool advantage for the Golden Bears. Here are the details of the game:
Opponent: UC Berkeley Golden Bears
When: Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 5:12 p.m. PT
Where: Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, California
The UCLA v. Berkeley match up will be the second semi-final of the evening. At the time of publication, Southern Cal was dominating Harvard in the other semi-final, 11-0, at the half, so it looks like the winner between the Bruins and the Golden Bears will be facing the Trojans tomorrow for all the marbles.
UCLA and Berkeley have squared off three times this season, with UCLA winning all three games. The last was two weekends ago in the MPSF semi-finals at UCLA’s pool, an 11-10 win. Before that, UCLA won, 7-6, in Berkeley during conference play. And, earlier in the season, the Bruins beat the Golden Bears in Berkeley, 10-7, in the teams' first match-up in the finals of the Mountain Pacific Invitational.
The last two games have been tight, one goal affairs. The Bruins will need to bring their best to beat what will be a fired up Berkeley squad.
UCLA’s two losses have been to the Trojans, while the Golden Bears have stumbled against Southern Cal (but also handed the Trojans their only loss) in addition to the three losses to UCLA.
It should be a great game.
This is your open thread for the match. Give us your thoughts throughout the game. Hopefully, the UCLA Men's Water Polo team can continue what has been a great sports day for UCLA and its fans.