Play It Forward Nov. 28-Dec. 4: UCLA has a fresh look at No. 1 Kentucky again

first_imgOur best recollection is that the Bruins invited the Wildcats to Pauley Pavilion right about this time last season — a first for the Kentucky program. Ranked No. 1 in the country, John Calipari’s team with future NBA first-round picks Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere were then handed a 87-77 loss by the Bruins before 12,202, many of whom streamed onto the court. It felt like some kind of Bruin payback for that 83-44 embarrassment the year before, which wasn’t even that close (UCLA had seven first-half points, remember). Plus, UCLA hadn’t defeated a No. 1 team prior to that since 2003. Thomas Welsh (21 points, 11 rebounds) was the surprising box-score leader, with Bryce Alford adding 15. In the end, that was the highlight of a UCLA season as the team lost eight of its last 10, fell below .500, and watched the Wildcats finish 27-9 before losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament.This time, the 6-0 Wildcats are back at No. 1 and the 7-0 Bruins should move up from No. 14 in last week’s AP rankings after winning the Wooden Legacy. Kentucky must first detour through the Bahamas to face Arizona State (Monday, 7 p.m., ESPN2) before taking on UCLA, which has six players averaging in double figures and hasn’t been able to display freshmen T.J. Leaf or Lonzo Ball on the national stage yet. Kentucky’s annual roster turnover sees redshirt freshman guard Malik Monk (18.7 ppg) leading the team in scoring, with freshman Isaiah Briscoe (18.0) battling some back issues.Also this week for UCLA: vs. UC Riverside (Pauley Pavilion, Wednesday at 8 p.m., Pac-12 Network)NO. 2: COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 14: Ranking top 10 sports events Nov. 28-Dec. 4 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UCLA at KENTUCKYDetails/TV: At Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky., Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Ch. 2 PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP: NO. 9 COLORADO vs. NO. 5 WASHINGTONDetails/TV: At Santa Clara, Friday, 6 p.m., Ch. 11SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: NO. 1 ALABAMA vs. NO. 15 FLORIDADetails/TV: At Atlanta, Saturday, 1 p.m., Ch. 2ACC CHAMPIONSHIP: NO. 4 CLEMSON vs. VIRGINIA TECHDetails/TV: At Orlando, Fla., Saturday, 5 p.m., Ch. 7BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP: NO. 7 PENN STATE vs. NO. 6 WISCONSINDetails/TV: At Indianapolis, Saturday, 5 p.m., Ch. 11There’s also the College Football Playoff final four selection show (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN) that matters after these and a few others are finished. That’s when USC finds out what consolation prize it will receive — a revisit to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego may be what awaits, depending on if Washington makes the top four and Colorado slips into the Rose Bowl.Also this week:MAC Championship: Western Michigan vs. Ohio at Detroit, Thursday at 4 p.m., ESPN2; Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Channel 11; Baylor at West Virginia, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., FS1; Temple at Navy, Saturday at 9 a.m., Channel 7NO. 3: NBA: CLIPPERS at CLEVELANDDetails/TV: Thursday, 5 p.m., TNT, PrimeSomething went viral last week called “LeBron: The Musical,” a four-minute cross between the Broadway hit “Hamilton” and a backyard skit where actors play Steph Curry, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving and Michael Jordan to pay their respects to the 12-time All-Star, three-time NBA champ and four-time MVP who somehow turns 32 next month. The Clippers’ only trip to Cleveland last year was a 13-point loss, where Chris Paul’s 30 couldn’t offset the 22 each from James and J.R. Smith, 18 more from Kevin Love and a game-high 12 assists as well from James. Smith actually had a plus-30 rating for that contest in 33 minutes.Also this week: at Brooklyn (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Prime Ticket), at New Orleans (Friday, 5 p.m., Prime Ticket), home vs. Indiana (Staples Center, Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Prime Ticket)NO. 4: NFL WEEK 13: RAMS at NEW ENGLANDDetails/TV: Sunday, 10 a.m., Ch. 11Tom Brady can established an NFL record for most career wins by a quarterback, regular season and playoffs, after tying Peyton Manning at No. 200 last Sunday. It shouldn’t be much of a challenge. Plus, Brady has Foot Locker commercial speeches to fall back on. The latest has him questioning a couple of guys at a diner counter who just shopped at the store and questioned its “greatness.” Brady blows up: “That’s an unfortunate mindset you’ve got there. Just because something is great year after year, doesn’t mean anything is going on. Why can’t some things just be great? It starts with questions, the questions turn into assumptions, and then assumptions turn into ‘vacations.’ So why would you punish the Week of Greatness for something that never even happened? I’ve lost my appetite.” A Deflategate reference, for sure.He won’t lose his appetite once he feasts on the 4-7 Rams, who just gave up 49 points to New Orleans. Jeff Fisher continues his pursuit of Dan Reeves for the most career losses recorded by an NFL coach. The Rams haven’t been subjected to facing the Patriots since 2012, then they absorbed a 45-7 loss in London (and Sam Bradford was trying to save the franchise).Also this week:NFL Week 12: Green Bay at Philadelphia, Monday at 5:30 p.m., ESPNNFL Week 13: Dallas at Minnesota, Thursday at 5:25 p.m., Channel 4; Tampa Bay at San Diego, Sunday at 1:25 p.m., Channel 11; Buffalo at Oakland, Sunday at 1:05 p.m., Channel 2; Carolina at Seattle, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 4NO. 5: NHL: KINGS vs. MONTREALDetails/TV: At Staples Center, Sunday, noon, FSW“I don’t remember ever having a noon game on a Sunday,” Kings Hall of Fame broadcaster Nick Nickson said during a Kings broadcast this last weekend. That makes about 100,000 of us. The early call against the leaders of the NHL’s Eastern Conference and the team leading everyone in points accumulated so far. (And if you need a reason for the early faceoff: Staples Center would have normally booked this on Saturday night, but it had a college basketball doubleheader instead. And the Clippers have a Sunday night 6:30 p.m. tipoff, instead of the normal 7:30 p.m.). The Habs’ Carey Price (1.66 goals against average, .946 save percentage) has started this season 13-1-1 (which projects to 65-5-5, eh). Defenseman Shea Weber, after 11 seasons in Nashville, is among the NHL leaders in plus-minus with his new team. Montreal also faces the Ducks in Anaheim at a more reasonable time (Tuesday, 7 p.m., FSW) before heading to downtown L.A.Also this week for the Kings: vs. San Jose (Staples Center, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., NBCSN), at Arizona (Thursday at 6 p.m., FSW)Also this week for the Ducks: at Vancouver (Thursday, 7 p.m., Channel 13), at Edmonton (Saturday at 7 p.m., Prime Ticket), at Calgary (Sunday at 6:30 p.m., FSW)NO. 6: COLLEGE BASKETBALL: USC vs. BYUDetails/TV: At Staples Center, Saturday, 5 p.m., ESPNUThe hook here is that they’re calling it the “Hoophall LA,” a doubleheader sponsored by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, with the marquee matchup happening between Arizona and Gonzaga (2:30 p.m., ESPN), and the Trojans hosting this thing, but down the street from the Galen Center. Remember, where they used to have the Pac-12 Championship?Also this week for USC: at University of San Diego (Wednesday at 7 p.m.)Also this week for Long Beach State: at Kansas (Tuesday at 5 p.m., ESPN3); at New Mexico State (Saturday at 6 p.m.)Also this week for Cal State Northridge: vs. Idaho State at the Matadome (Saturday at 4 p.m.)Also this week for Pepperdine: vs. Belmont at Firestone Fieldhouse, Saturday at 5 p.m.Also this week nationally: Kentucky vs. Arizona State in the Bahamas, Monday at 4 p.m., ESPN2; Michigan State at Duke, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., ESPN; North Carolina at Indiana, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., ESPN; Ohio State at Virginia, Wednesday at 6:15 p.m., ESPN2; West Virginia at Virginia, Saturday at 11 a.m., ESPNU; Stanford at Kansas, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., ESPNNO. 7: NBA: LAKERS at NEW ORLEANSDetails/TV: Tuesday, 5 p.m., Spectrum SportsNetIf you’re set on a bonding, four-game road trip that spans an entire week, why not start in the land of voodoo, go through Chi-Town, head to Canada and then end up hunting Grizzlies. The Lakers are a modest 3-5 on the road so far.Also this week: at Chicago (Wednesday, 5 p.m., SpecSN), at Toronto (Friday, 4:30 p.m., SpecSN), at Memphis (Saturday, 5 p.m., SpecSN).NO. 8: COLLEGE WATER POLO: NCAA MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPDetails/TV: At UC Berkeley Spieker Aquatics Complex, Sunday , 3 p.m.USC (23-1), paddling toward its 10th NCAA title and first since winning six in a row through 2013, snatched away the No. 1 seed from UCLA (25-2), which must live with the No. 2 ranking. The Trojans not only ended the Bruins’ 57-match win streak on Nov. 12 (8-7), but then won the MPSF title against them on Nov. 20 (9-6). For one more rematch, both have to make it through the semifinals — the Trojans play Saturday at 6 p.m., against either Harvard, Bucknell or UC Davis, while the Bruins play at 8:12 p.m. against either host-school Cal or Pomona-Pitzer. UCLA defeated Cal, 11-10, in the MPSF semifinals last week.NO. 9: COLLEGE SOCCER: NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPDetails/TV: At Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Sunday, 3 p.m., ESPNUUSC (17-4-2), ranked No. 7 nationally and a second seed in its field-of-64 bracket, has toppled Eastern Washington, Texas A&M, Utah and Auburn to get to the Final Four and have a semifinal match against Georgetown (Friday, 4:30 p.m., ESPN) before the title match arrives. West Virginia and North Carolina play in the other semi (Friday, 2 p.m., ESPNU). The Women of Troy are 18-11-5 all time in the NCAA tournament, which includes a 6-0 run to the 2007 title.NO. 10: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALLCIF SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION I FINALST. JOHN BOSCO vs. MATER DEIDetails/TV: At Angel Stadium, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., FSWTop seed Mater Dei (13-0) has scored 69, 63 and 48 points in its three games leading up to this championship. St. John Bosco (11-2) has put up 47, 54 and 49 points, but the last one was only two better than Centennial of Corona in the semifinals. And, of course, Bosco has already lost to Mater Dei 26-21, ending the Bellflower school’s 23-game Trinity League win streak on Oct. 21 before 9,000 at Cerritos College. The stadium, and seat capacity, get bigger this time.All 13 division titles go off Friday or Saturday, including Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth vs. Corona del Mar in Division 4, Calabasas vs. Capistrano Valley in Division 5, Paraclete of Lancaster vs. Los Altos in Division 6, Burbank vs. Yorba Linda in Division 8, St. Anthony of Long Beach vs. Aquinas of San Bernardino in Division 10, Quartz Hill of Lancaster vs. Valley View in Division 11 and Arroyo of El Monte vs. Rancho Mirage in Division 12. FSW and Prime Ticket will pick games to fill the 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. TV windows on Friday night.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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