Cincinnati and UCLA to start home-and-home series next season

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Cincinnati and UCLA will start a home-and-home series next season in Westwood, multiple sources told FanRag Sports on Wednesday.

Official dates and times are yet to be determined.

There will be a return game in Cincinnati during the 2018-19 college basketball season.

The Bruins beat the Bearcats 79-67 during March’s NCAA Tournament.

Cincinnati will return three starters —- Jacob Evans, Gary Clark, and Kyle Washington — from last season’s team that finished 30-6.

UCLA lost freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf to the NBA as well as senior guard Bryce Alford. Aaron Holiday, Thomas Welsh, and Ike Anigbogu all entered their names in the 2017 NBA Draft, but did not retain the services of an agent, therefore leaving the possibility open of returning to school next season.

Steve Alford does have one of the best recruiting classes coming in for next season. That class includes two five-star prospects and three-four star talents.

The Bruins were ousted from the 2017 NCAA Tournament after coming up short against the Kentucky Wildcats in the Sweet 16. However, the Bruins notably defeated that same Kentucky team, 97-92, earlier in the season.

FanRag Sports will keep you posted when official dates are announced.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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