We have the good: UCLA. We have the bad: Arizona. And, of course, there’s the ugly: Sean Miller’s mouth. So, we just need the Ennio Morricone soundtrack.
Today, it’s a Top 5 showdown in Tucson between UCLA and Arizona. With Villanova’s loss to Butler on Wednesday, the winner of tonight’s game could move as high as #2 in Monday’s Top 25 polls.
More importantly, the winner of today’s game could get a seeding boost from this game come Selection Sunday on March 12th when the NCAA Tournament seedings are announced because the selection committee always seems to favor the results of a recent game compared to the results of a game in January or the beginning of December.
But, if the Bruins cannot defeat the Wildcats, they may still get sent to another part of the country while receiving a lower seed.
For these reasons, there is absolutely no doubt that today’s game is the biggest game of the season for UCLA and the Bruins will need to play well on both sides of the ball if they want to win.
Here’s how to watch:
#5 UCLA Bruins (25-3, 12-3)
Opponent: University of Arizona Wildcats (26-3, 15-1)
When: Saturday, February 23, 2017, 5:15 pm PT
Where: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
TV: ESPN with Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas
Stream: WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app
- 570 AM in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
- Sirius Channel 81/XM Channel 81 (Arizona feed)
- And, of course, the Bruins Nation Game Thread!
Live Stats: UofA Wildcats Stat Broadcast