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Up next for UCLA: Thursday vs. Utah

Up next for UCLA: Thursday vs. Utah
UCLA guard Bryce Alford drives to the basket against USC guard Elijah Stewart during a game on Feb. 4. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA VS. UTAH

When: 7 p.m.

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Where: Pauley Pavilion.

On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 570.

Update: Of UCLA's six remaining games, five are against teams in the top 40 of the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). That means a strong finish could propel UCLA (14-11, 5-7 in the Pac-12 Conference) into the NCAA tournament despite a shaky start to the conference season. A win over Utah (19-7, 8-5) would provide a resume booster. The Utes are a game out of first place in the Pac-12 and have one of the best forwards in the conference, Jakob Poeltl, who averages 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

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