UCLA's Game Time, TV Details Finalized for Friday
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball team will face North Carolina (26-9) in Philadelphia in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this Friday evening.
UCLA's game on Friday, March 25, will begin at approximately 6:40 p.m. PT (9:40 p.m. ET, in Philadelphia). The Bruins' contest against North Carolina will be nationally televised on CBS. Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel will be calling the action live at Wells Fargo Center, with Jamie Erdahl serving as the sideline reporter.
The Bruins' contest will be available on the radio in the Los Angeles area on AM 1150, with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray calling the action live at Wells Fargo Center.
UCLA (27-7) earned the No. 4 seed in the East Regional when the 68-team bracket was announced last Sunday, while North Carolina secured the East Region's No. 8 seed.
UCLA will take on North Carolina after the regional semifinal contest between No. 3-seed Purdue and No. 15-seed Saint Peter's. That semifinal game is set to begin at approximately 4:09 p.m. PT (7:09 p.m. ET, in Philadelphia). UCLA's contest will begin after the conclusion of the game between Purdue and Saint Peter's.
The Bruins have not faced North Carolina since playing the Tar Heels in the CBS Sports Classic (in Las Vegas) on Dec. 21, 2019. North Carolina won that matchup against UCLA, 74-64. The Tar Heels have gone 10-3 in the all-time series against UCLA, with the two schools having first played each other in the 1968 NCAA Championship game at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Bruins won that title contest, 78-55, on March 23, 1968.
UCLA has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the past nine seasons and for the second consecutive year. The Bruins won five consecutive NCAA Tournament games last season, moving from the First Four to the Final Four – UCLA's first Final Four appearance since 2008.
Most recently, the Bruins picked up NCAA Tournament wins against Akron (57-53) last Thursday and versus Saint Mary's (72-56) on Saturday evening.
North Carolina has advanced to the upcoming Sweet 16 with wins against No. 9-seed Marquette (95-63) and No. 1-seed Baylor (93-86, OT) on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The Tar Heels compiled a 15-5 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), finishing in a tie for second place with Notre Dame.
The Bruins' upcoming contest against North Carolina will mark UCLA's first games in Philadelphia since the 2009 NCAA Tournament, when the Bruins defeated VCU in the first round before losing to Villanova in the second round.