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The Bruins are in pursuit of a resume-boosting win

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The UCLA Bruins are facing off against a newly-scheduled opponent today, as the Ohio State Buckeyes present a potential resume-boosting addition to the Bruins 2020-21 basketball schedule. Originally scheduled to take on the Kentucky Wildcats, Ohio State has replaced Kentucky and actually presents a more challenging and also potentially strengthening opponent for UCLA.

Both teams stand at 5-1 on the season and OSU ranks No. 20/19 in the top 25 polls whereas the Wildcats had disappointed early this season.

The Bruins have won five in a row and will take on OSU at approximately 1:15 pm PT. This game marks the seventh straight appearance in the CBS Sports Classic for UCLA and the Bruins are 2-4 lifetime in the event. One of those victories did come against Ohio State back in 2016 in Las Vegas.

Tyger Campbell is currently leading the Pac-12 by averaging 7.2 assists per game, nearly two full assists better than the next closest player in the conference. Head coach Mick Cronin’s team has been extremely well-disciplined this year and has even committed fewer fouls than their opponents in every single game to date.

Jaime Jaquez, Chris Smith and Campbell are each averaging double-digit points per game this season while Smith and big-man Jalen Hill are averaging over 7.0 rebounds a contest.

This team is starting to gel and you can bet more voters will start looking closer at the Bruins if they can dominate against this Buckeyes team.

Here’s how to watch:

Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Where: Cleveland, Ohio

What: CBS Sports Classic, 2nd Game: Ohio State Buckeyes vs UCLA Bruins

When: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:15 pm PT

TV: CBS (Carter Blackburn, play-by-play; Bill Rafferty, analyst)

Radio: AM 1150 (Josh Lewin, play-by-play; Tracy Murray, analyst)