This feels a bit weird, but the UCLA Bruins are already back to playing a basketball game tonight, as they welcome Long Beach State into Pauley Pavilion for a rare Monday night game.
Last time we saw the Bruins, they were letting the world know that last season’s run through the NCAA Tournament was not a fluke, winning an absolute back-and-forth barnburner against Villanova in front of the home faithful. I was at that game, and that was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time that involved UCLA athletics. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, from an amazing performance of the national anthem by 10-year old Madison Baez (seriously, go take a look at this thing) and Michael Buffer kicking things off, to the Bruins clawing back from a 10-point second-half deficit, to Jaime Jaquez bringing the house down in overtime, the entire night was an announcement to the rest of college basketball: UCLA is back, and is ready to reassert its spot among the top programs in the country.
But that all took place on Friday.
That’s the past. We’re on to Monday, which means a visit from what should be a Long Beach State squad looking to prove something against a Top 5 opponent. The 49ers are coming off a good overtime road win over Idaho in their season opener, but I have to imagine UCLA will prove a steeper test. Joel Murray led Long Beach State in points with 28 and forward Joe Hampton will be the likely focal point of the offensive attack for the 49ers.
For the Bruins, the biggest question I have will be the overall effort level.
It would not be surprising to see this team tone down the intensity following what had to be a draining game against Villanova. Long Beach State is certainly a scrappy opponent, but this is a game UCLA should win handily. So, the focus should be more on the intensity on display. If this is a 10-point game with five minutes remaining, I would not be shocked in the slightest, but I also think UCLA can end this game much earlier if they’re dialed in.
This is your Long Beach State at UCLA game thread.
Opponent: Long Beach State 49ers (1-0)
Series Record: UCLA leads, 17-1
When: 8:00 pm PT, Monday, November 15, 2021
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks National and Los Angeles with Roxy Bernstein and Bill Walton
Live Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app
Radio:AM 570 in Los Angeles with Josh Lewin and Tracy Murray
Live Stats: UCLA StatBroadcast
Thanks again for supporting The Mighty Bruin. Your paid subscriptions make this site possible. Questions, comments, story ideas, angry missives and more can be sent to to @TheMightyBruin on Twitter.
0 subscriptions will be displayed on your profile (edit)
Skip for now
For your security, we need to re-authenticate you.
Click the link we sent to , or click here to sign in.