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What’s Bruin: UCLA Basketball Signs on for More CBS Sports Classic

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NCAA Basketball: UCLA at Kentucky
Isaac Hamilton handles the ball against Kentucky.
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins have now beaten Kentucky twice in a row in the regular season. Can they make it thrice in a row?

UCLA will play Kentucky again next year as part of the CBS Sports Classic, which the Bruins, along with Kentucky, Ohio State, and North Carolina, have agreed to play for three more years.

Next year, New Orleans gets hosting duty -- on Christmas Eve's eve. Saturday, Dec. 23, will be the date at the Smoothie King Center. Ohio State-UNC and UCLA-Kentucky will be the tilts next season. The 2018 and 2019 dates are still to be determined, though we know that 2018's matchups will be Kentucky-UNC and OSU-UCLA, while 2019 will be Kentucky-Ohio State and UCLA-UNC.

#2 UCLA faces Ohio State Saturday in Las Vegas as part of this year’s event.

Steve Alford stopped by the ESPN CBB "Courtside" podcast with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg yesterday—skip to about the 12:00 mark for the UCLA head coach.

Jon Wilner continues to make bizarre statements about the UCLA football program in his Pac-12's Best and Worst of 2016 column:

Worst chemistry: UCLA

It might not get any better next season. The price of selling your soul.

What the what... ?

The UCLA gymnastics squad was ranked preseason #4 by the coaches heading into the 2017 season, receiving five first-place votes. The Bruin team includes Olympic gold medalists Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross.