FARGO -- North Dakota State's men's basketball team is heading to where the "Wizard of Westwood" held court.
The Bison will face UCLA on Friday, November 13th at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, a source confirms to WDAY Sports. This will mark the first meeting between the schools. The Bruins are the all-time winningest program in college basketball history with eleven national championships, led by Hall of Fame coach John Wooden. UCLA won seven straight titles from 1967-1973 with the likes of Hall of Famers Kareem Adbul-Jabbar and Bill Walton.
UCLA is coming off a 19-12 season in the PAC-12 under first year head coach Mick Cronin, who was named the league's coach of the year. The home court, Pauley Pavilion has been home to some of the classic games in college basketball history and seats 13,800.
While this will be the first meeting between the schools, NDSU has had plenty of experience playing the blue bloods of college basketball. The Bison opened the 2012 season at Indiana, who was the number one ranked team in the country at the time, along with NCAA Tournament games against Kansas, Gonzaga and Oklahoma.
This will mark the eighth PAC-12 school NDSU has played and the first since 2017 when the Bison played USC and Arizona. UCLA has had some experience with the Summit League, the Bruins have matched up with Oral Roberts, Western Illinois, Denver and South Dakota.
NDSU non-conference games for 2020-21
at Cal Poly
at Eastern Washington
vs Indiana State
vs CSU Northridge
Two games vs Horizon League opponents (will be determined in September)