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Watch UCLA vs. California: How to live stream, TV channel, start time for Thursday’s NCAAB game

Who’s Playing

California @ UCLA

Current Records: California 9-10; UCLA 14-2

What to Know

The California Golden Bears are 1-9 against the #7 UCLA Bruins since February of 2016, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Thursday. California and the Bruins will face off in a Pac-12 battle at 9 p.m. ET at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA will be strutting in after a win while the Golden Bears will be stumbling in from a defeat.

California found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unfortunate 96-71 punch to the gut against the Arizona Wildcats on Sunday. Guard Jordan Shepherd (21 points) was the top scorer for California.

Meanwhile, UCLA had enough points to win and then some against Arizona on Tuesday, taking their game 75-59. The Bruins got double-digit scores from four players: guard Johnny Juzang (15), guard Jules Bernard (15), forward Cody Riley (12), and guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. (10).

The Golden Bears have to know they’ll be fighting an uphill battle given the 13 point spread they are up against. Those burned by picking them against the spread on Sunday might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.

California is now 9-10 while UCLA sits at 14-2. A couple stats to keep an eye on: California is stumbling into the matchup with the 350th fewest takeaways in college basketball, having accrued only 9.9 on average. To make matters even worse for California, the Bruins enter the contest with only 9.7 turnovers per game on average, good for 10th best in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked in UCLA’s favor.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 9 p.m. ET
  • Where: Pauley Pavilion — Los Angeles, California
  • TV: Pac-12 Networks
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $28.47


The Bruins are a big 13-point favorite against the Golden Bears, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Bruins as a 16.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -107

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Series History

UCLA have won nine out of their last ten games against California.

  • Jan 08, 2022 – UCLA 60 vs. California 52
  • Jan 21, 2021 – UCLA 61 vs. California 57
  • Dec 06, 2020 – UCLA 76 vs. California 56
  • Jan 19, 2020 – UCLA 50 vs. California 40
  • Feb 13, 2019 – UCLA 75 vs. California 67
  • Jan 05, 2019 – UCLA 98 vs. California 83
  • Jan 25, 2018 – UCLA 70 vs. California 57
  • Jan 06, 2018 – UCLA 107 vs. California 84
  • Jan 05, 2017 – UCLA 81 vs. California 71
  • Feb 25, 2016 – California 75 vs. UCLA 63

Injury Report for UCLA

  • Jaylen Clark: Out (Head)
  • Johnny Juzang: Out (Illness)
  • Mac Etienne: Out for the Season (Undisclosed)
  • Will McClendon: Out for the Season (Knee)

Injury Report for California

  • D.J. Thorpe: Out for the Season (Undisclosed)
  • Monty Bowser: Out for the Season (Ankle)