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UCLA to Take on Arizona in Pac-12 Title Contest

Mar 12, 2022
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (photo by Jan Kim Lim)

LAS VEGAS – The No. 2-seed UCLA men's basketball team (25-6) returns to action against No. 1-seed Arizona (30-3) in the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.
The title game will be nationally televised on FOX at 6:15 p.m. (PT). UCLA's radio broadcast will be available on AM 570 in the Los Angeles area. Bruins' broadcasters Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray will have the call live from T-Mobile Arena.
Westwood One will provide a national radio broadcast on Saturday (available online by visiting Ryan Radtke and PJ Carlesimo will provide the radio call courtside for Westwood One at T-Mobile Arena.
The Bruins have advanced to the Pac-12 Tournament championship game for the first time since 2014, when UCLA defeated Arizona (75-71) to win their fourth conference tournament title. UCLA's previous championships in this tournament have taken place in 1987, 2006 and 2008. Saturday's appearance will mark UCLA's seventh time playing in the championship contest.
UCLA defeated Washington State, 75-65, on Thursday evening in the quarterfinals. The Bruins outlasted USC, 69-59, on Friday night in a semifinal contest. Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 19 points and Jules Bernard finished with 15 points in the win against the Trojans, allowing the Bruins to win the season series against their crosstown rival (two games to one).
The Bruins have faced Arizona in 10 previous contests in the Pac-12 Tournament, with the two schools going 5-5 against each other. Most recently, UCLA lost to Arizona in the semifinals in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The Bruins took down Arizona in the title game back in 2014 by a 75-71 margin. UCLA also defeated Arizona in the semifinals in 2013.
Earlier this season, UCLA and Arizona went 1-1 against each other. Each school won the regular-season meeting at its home arena. The Bruins won in Pauley Pavilion, 75-59, on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Arizona defeated UCLA at the McKale Center, 76-66, on Thursday, Feb. 3.
Following Saturday night's contest against Arizona, the Bruins will await their postseason selection for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The NCAA Tournament's 68-team field will be revealed in the "Selection Show" that airs at 3:00 p.m. (PT) on CBS.