The UCLA Bruins are catching their stride, and as such, their heavily-anticipated matchups against both the Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats are getting some national attention. ESPN is set to broadcast both of UCLA’s games this week, starting with the Thursday, January 7 clash between the Bruins and Sun Devils as well as their addition of the Arizona game, set for Saturday, January 9.
Both will air on their main network channel and tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm vs Arizona State and 6:00 pm vs Arizona.
These are important pieces of note because it shows the power of UCLA. The nationally televised game for Arizona will be their first of the season while less than a handful of ASU’s games have seen the national spotlight. ESPN broadcasts are nothing new for UCLA, but their arrival come game time will spell big-time news for the Wildcats and Sun Devils.
As of right now, those two scheduled games are the only two games sporting the main affiliate channel broadcast. UCLA at Cal on January 21, Oregon at UCLA on January 28, UCLA at USC on February 6, Arizona at UCLA on February 18, Arizona State at UCLA on February 20 and UCLA at Colorado on February 27 are the only other games currently scheduled for an ESPN broadcast. The Pac-12 announced that the USC at UCLA game to close out the regular season on Saturday, March 6 will air on CBS as well, marking the third and final Pac-12 regular-season game of the season to air on the network.
This all, of course, comes just hours after the No. 10 ranked UCLA women’s team defeated the No. 8 ranked Oregon Ducks on the hardcourt, ending Oregon’s 27-game winning streak.
The Bruins are firing on all cylinders, both teams, and we’re riding high into the meat of the Pac-12 conference scheduled when it matters most.
These are two teams that, if the path continues, no one will want to play come March and April.