UCLA men’s basketball reprograms Arizona state amid COVID-19 comeback, Stanford contest postponed
After a month of rescheduling and postponements, the Bruins are finally ready to get back on the court.
The UCLA No.5 men’s basketball (8-1) has announced a new schedule after postponing or canceling five competitions in the past month due to COVID-19. The first move was to call off a sixth game, but this time because of their opponent’s health and safety protocols, before adding another to the slate in the meantime.
Thursday’s road game against Stanford will not go as planned as the Cardinals are now dealing with the virus. UCLA will face Arizona State Square at the Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday, constituting a game originally scheduled for Jan. 1.
The UCLA-Cal game at Berkeley scheduled for Saturday will go ahead as scheduled. According to Bruin Report Online and Los Angeles Time reports, the Bruins are set to tentatively host Arizona’s No.9 on Jan.11 after calling off their Dec.30 showdown, but this has yet to be confirmed by the team. .
The game between the Bruins and the Sun Devils was supposed to be televised on FOX on New Years Day, but in the new timeslot it will air on FS1 instead. The Wildcats’ visit to the Pauley Lodge, as it is not officially scheduled for Sunday, does not have a schedule or a dedicated TV partner.
Before UCLA faced its own struggles with COVID-19, its December 5 game in Washington was called off due to issues on the Huskies’ side. The Bruins’ first internal clash with the virus came nearly two weeks later, when coach Mick Cronin was put through health and safety protocols hours before they were supposed to warn the State of the ‘Alabama.
That game was eventually called off, as were the games that followed against North Carolina and Cal Poly. Games against Arizona and Arizona State have been postponed under that same set of protocols, although UCLA has asked some players and coaches to resume training in late December.
UCLA was supposed to have played seven games between Dec.5 and Jan.5, but the team will ultimately only play one during that time – a road win on Dec.11 against Marquette.
The Pac-12 recently released new COVID-19 guidelines in line with changing CDC guidelines as well. Instead of the previous 10-day isolation period if they are positive, now if vaccinated athletes test positive for COVID-19, they will only have to quarantine for five days instead.
The Bruins’ long-awaited comeback will begin at 7:30 am Wednesday against the Sun Devils. The game against Stanford has yet to be rescheduled by the Pac-12.
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