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Report: Big 12’s Arizona, Big Ten’s UCLA finalizing men’s basketball series

May 22, 2024, 12:30 PM | Updated: Jun 4, 2024, 9:50 am

Arizona basketball coach Tommy Lloyd...

Head coach Tommy Lloyd of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half at UCLA Pauley Pavilion on March 04, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The loss of the Pac-12 brought the loss of rivalries, but the Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins men’s basketball teams have a plan to keep theirs intact for most of the near future.

Arizona in its first season as a member of the Big 12 and UCLA, which is entering the Big Ten, are finalizing plans to play one another in three of the next four years. They will start in 2024-25 at Footprint Center in Phoenix, CollegeHoopsToday.net’s Jon Rothstein reported in May.

That game in the Naismith Hall of Fame Series is set for Dec. 14, Jeff Goodman reported on Tuesday.

They will play again in 2025-26 in Las Vegas before a 2027-28 date in Los Angeles after skipping a meeting in 2026-27, according to Rothstein.

The Wildcats swept the basketball series last year, last playing on March 7 in Westwood with Arizona locking up the final Pac-12 regular season title with a win at Pauley Pavilion.

The two schools are considered historically as two of the strongest men’s hoops brands on the West Coast.

Arizona holds a 50-63 mark against UCLA in men’s basketball dating back to 1923.

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