UCLA announces their non-conference schedule, and it’s strong

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The UCLA Bruins announced their non-conference schedule for the 2015-16 season, and it’s loaded.

After hosting three mid-major opponents at home to kick off the season, the Bruins will head out to Hawaii to participate in the Maui Invitational, an event that also includes Kansas, Indiana, Vanderbilt and UNLV.

A week after they return from the islands, the Bruins will host Kentucky at Pauley Pavilion. Later in December, they play on the road against Gonzaga and then square off with North Carolina at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Steve Alford’s club will still play seven home games against mid-major competition, but he certainly went out and got some big games to put on the schedule this season.

Anyway, here it is in its entirety:

Nov. 13 Monmouth
Nov. 15 Cal Poly
Nov. 19 Pepperdine
Nov. 23 Maui Invitational
Nov. 24 Maui Invitational
Nov. 25 Maui Invitational
Nov. 29 CSUN
Dec. 3 Kentucky
Dec. 6 Long Beach State
Dec. 12 at Gonzaga
Dec. 15 Louisiana-Lafayette
Dec. 19 vs. North Carolina (Barclays Center)
Dec. 22 McNeese State