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The Rundown: Oct. 10

UCLA women's basketball finalized its schedule for the upcoming season, announcing its conference matchups Thursday. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA women's basketball finalized its schedule for the upcoming season, announcing its conference matchups Thursday. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Women’s basketball
Joy Hong, assistant Sports editor

The full schedule is out.

UCLA women’s basketball announced its nonconference schedule back on Aug. 23, but finalized its Pac-12 games Thursday to round out the 2018-2019 season.

The Bruins will open up conference play taking on crosstown rival the USC Trojans at the Galen Center on Dec. 30. The Bruins faced the Trojans in back-to-back games last season, but won’t face USC again this season until Jan. 20.

To kick off the new year, the Bruins will travel to the Bay Area, taking on California and Stanford on Jan. 4 and Jan. 6, respectively. UCLA’s road game against Stanford last season was its first conference loss.

The Bruins will host Oregon State and Oregon on Jan. 11 and Jan. 13, respectively, before playing USC a second time.

In the following week, UCLA will travel to face Arizona State and Arizona, and then will open up February with home games against Washington State and Washington. The four teams are the only conference schools the Bruins will face just once.

UCLA will be on the road again the weekend of Feb. 8 to face Colorado and Utah, before playing Cal and Stanford for a second time Feb. 15 and Feb. 17, respectively.

UCLA will make its last conference road trip to play Oregon and Oregon State on the road, before hosting Utah and Colorado for UCLA’s final home stand.

The Pac-12 tournament is set for March 7 through 10 in Las Vegas. It will be the first time the tournament is not held at the KeyArena in Seattle since 2012.

Men’s basketball
Sam Connon, assistant Sports editor

Another Bruin has fallen before taking the court in 2018.

Freshman guard Tyger Campbell tore his ACL in team practice Sunday, making him the second member of coach Steve Alford’s 2018 recruiting class to go down before the season opener.

The four-star recruit is the No. 91 ranked prospect in his class and averaged 15.5 points and 7.2 assists while shooting 42 percent from three in his senior year of high school.

Campbell was expected to take on backup point guard duties, with sophomore Jaylen Hands being the only other guard with experience at the point. Alford said Tuesday that sophomore guard Chris Smith and freshman guard David Singleton could help Hands with ball-handling duties.

Campbell’s injury comes less than two weeks after freshman forward Shareef O’Neal was shut down for the season after team doctors discovered a heart complication that will require surgery.

Redshirt junior forward Alex Olesinski also went down with a stress fracture in his right foot in late September. Olesinski played all 33 games for the Bruins last year after redshirting the 2016-2017 season due to left foot injuries.

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Assistant Sports editor

Hong is an assistant Sports editor for the women's basketball, men's water polo, women's water polo, women's tennis, and beach volleyball beats. She previously contributed for the women's basketball and beach volleyball beats.

Assistant Sports editor

Connon is an assistant Sports editor for the baseball, men's soccer, women's golf, men's golf and cross country beats. He currently writes for the football and men's basketball beats and contributes movie reviews for Arts & Entertainment. Connon was previously a reporter for the women's basketball and baseball beats. He is a second-year pre-communications major from Winchester, Massachusetts.

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