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Tracking COVID-19 at UCLADance Disassembled: Seeing Beyond the Curtain

UCLA men’s basketball to return with matchup against Arizona State

Members of No. 5 UCLA men’s basketball smile during an exhibition contest against Chico State on Nov. 4. The Bruins haven’t played since Dec. 11 because of COVID-19 protocols but will play Wednesday against Arizona State. (Ariana Fadel/Daily Bruin staff)

By Jon Christon

Jan. 2, 2022 12:55 p.m.

The Bruins will be back on the court after 25 days away. 

For the first time since Dec. 11, No. 5 UCLA men’s basketball will return to the hardwood for a matchup against Arizona State on Wednesday – a game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 1. The Bruins will not play in their contest against Stanford on Thursday because of COVID-19 protocols within the Cardinal program but will take on California on Saturday as originally scheduled.

According to the Los Angeles Times, UCLA will also tentatively play Jan. 11 against No. 9 Arizona in a game originally set for Dec. 28. 

Since originally announcing coach Mick Cronin couldn’t coach the Dec. 15 matchup against Alabama State because of COVID-19 protocols, the Bruins have missed out on five games to either postponements or cancellations. UCLA announced an official pause of team-related activities Dec. 18 but returned to practice in limited fashion Monday to ramp up the players’ conditioning. 

Across college basketball, more than 100 programs paused team-related activities in December, including seven Pac-12 schools.

The men’s basketball team marks the first Bruin program to return to competition following COVID-19 stoppages, as UCLA women’s basketball, gymnastics and men’s volleyball have all been shut down. UCLA football also pulled out of the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday because of COVID-19 protocols.

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Jon Christon | Sports editor
Christon is currently the Sports editor and a reporter on the men's basketball and football beats. He was previously an assistant Sports editor on the women's basketball, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis beats and a reporter on the women's basketball and softball beats.
Christon is currently the Sports editor and a reporter on the men's basketball and football beats. He was previously an assistant Sports editor on the women's basketball, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis beats and a reporter on the women's basketball and softball beats.
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