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TV Details Finalized for 2021 Empire Classic in Las Vegas

Sep 1, 2021
Johnny Juzang (photo courtesy of USA Today Sports)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA's two men's basketball games in the 2021 Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Projected presented by Continental Tire at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will be nationally televised by the ESPN family of networks.
 
The Bruins will face Bellarmine on Monday, Nov. 22, and Gonzaga on Tuesday, Nov. 23. UCLA's game against Bellarmine will begin at 5 p.m. (PT) and will be televised by ESPN+, the network's streaming platform with original video content and live games. The Bruins' game versus Gonzaga is set for 7 p.m. (PT) and will be broadcast on ESPN.
 
The four-team field of UCLA, Bellarmine, Central Michigan and Gonzaga will be competing at T-Mobile Arena on back-to-back days.
 
Tickets for the Empire Classic in the UCLA sections at T-Mobile Arena are exclusively available for all Wooden Athletic Fund members (join here), season ticket holders (buy now), and student Den pass buyers (more info). Tickets are on sale to the general public by clicking here.
 
UCLA will be taking on Bellarmine for the first time in program history when the schools meet on Nov. 22. Bellarmine University, from Louisville, Ky., elevated its athletics program to the NCAA Division I level in the summer of 2020. Bellarmine compiled a 14-8 record last season, under the direction of head coach Scott Davenport. The Knights went 10-3 in the ASUN Conference.
 
The Bruins' showdown against Gonzaga on Nov. 23 will mark a rematch of last season's NCAA Final Four semifinal in Indianapolis. UCLA and Gonzaga battled into overtime, with the Bulldogs earning a 93-90 victory on a last-second shot from near half-court. The national semifinal contest was recognized in July 2021 as the "Best Game" at the ESPY Awards in New York City.
 
UCLA's appearance at the Empire Classic will mark its first of three events at T-Mobile Arena during the 2021-22 season. In addition, the Bruins will take on North Carolina in the CBS Sports Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18. The Pac-12 Tournament will take place at T-Mobile Arena in March of 2022.
 
For additional information about the 2021 Empire Classic, fans can visit EmpireClassic.net and can follow @EmpireClassicBB on social media.