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UCLA’s game against North Carolina canceled because of COVID protocols

UCLA coach Mick Cronin speaks to his players during a timeout against Nevada Las Vegas on Nov. 27.
UCLA coach Mick Cronin speaks to his players during a timeout against Nevada Las Vegas on Nov. 27. UCLA will not play North Carolina on Saturday because of COVID issues within the Bruins’ program.
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The UCLA men’s basketball game against North Carolina on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas has been canceled and the fourth-ranked Bruins have paused all basketball activities for an indeterminate length of time because of COVID-19 issues within their program.

The game will not be rescheduled. UCLA’s next scheduled game is Wednesday against Cal Poly at Pauley Pavilion and the Bruins (8-1) are scheduled to resume Pac-12 play against Arizona on Dec. 30.

The team’s problems with the virus started when coach Mick Cronin was placed in COVID-19 protocols Wednesday and its game against Alabama State was later canceled. That left the game against the Tar Heels in doubt while players and coaches underwent further testing.

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The fourth-ranked UCLA men’s basketball team did not play Alabama State at Pauley Pavilion as scheduled on Wednesday because of COVID-19 protocols.

North Carolina will now play Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. PST Saturday as part of the CBS Sports Classic after Ohio State, which was originally scheduled to face Kentucky, had to back out because of its own COVID-19 problems.

UCLA also had a game against Washington canceled earlier this month because of viral issues within the Huskies’ program; that game was forfeited and credited as a victory for the Bruins for Pac-12 standings purposes.


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