2016-17 Schedules: UCLA Bruins

The 2015-16 season was a rough one for Bryce Alford and the UCLA Bruins. In 2016-17, the senior guard will look to lead the Bruins back into contention in the Pac-12, and will have a strong recruiting class to bolster the roster. (Source: USA Today Sports)
The 2015-16 season was a rough one for Bryce Alford and the UCLA Bruins. In 2016-17, the senior guard will look to lead the Bruins back into contention in the Pac-12, and will have a strong recruiting class to bolster the roster. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Simply put, the 2015-16 season didn’t go as planned for the UCLA Bruins, as they struggled to a 10th-place finish in the Pac-12 regular season standings.

Fans have made last season a distant memory, and are getting excited about the upcoming 2016-17 season. It’s tough to blame them, as the Bruins have a healthy combination of youth and experience this season, with talent all over the roster.

Returnees like Bryce AlfordAaron Holiday, and Thomas Welsh provide experience and leadership, along with offensive and defensive contributions. Then, add in freshmen like point guard Lonzo Ball, who is one of three top 100 recruits to commit to UCLA this season, and who is also the top point guard in the class of 2016, and the Bruins have a ton of talent at their disposal.

Their top two scorers return from last year’s team, while four players in total are back who averaged double-digit points per game a year ago. Expect UCLA to make a big jump back up the conference standings this season.

A strong non-conference schedule, highlighted by tough match-ups against power conference opponents, will show fans early on what this year’s team is all about.

UCLA Bruins

2015-16 Record: 15-17 (6-12 in Pac-12; 10th)
Key Returnees: Isaac Hamilton, Bryce Alford, Thomas Welsh, Aaron Holiday, Jonah Bolden
Key Departures: Tony Parker

2016-17 Schedule
(** Denotes Conference Play)

11/11/2016: v. Pacific Tigers
*Los Angeles, LA

11/13/2016: v. Cal State Northridge Matadors
*Los Angeles, CA

11/17/2016: v. San Diego Toreros
*Los Angeles, CA

11/20/2016: v. Long Beach State 49ers
*Los Angeles, CA

11/24/2016: TBD (Wooden Legacy)
*Fullerton, CA

11/25/2016: TBD (Wooden Legacy)
*Fullerton, CA

11/27/2016: TBD (Wooden Legacy)
*Anaheim, CA

11/30/2016: v. UC Riverside Highlanders
*Los Angeles, CA

12/3/2016: @ Kentucky Wildcats
*Lexington, KY

12/10/2016: v. Michigan Wolverines
*Los Angeles, CA

12/14/2016: v. UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
*Los Angeles, CA

12/17/2016: v. Ohio State Buckeyes (CBS Sports Classic)
*Las Vegas, NV

12/21/2016: v. Western Michigan Broncos
*Los Angeles, CA

Conference Schedule: TBD