The UCLA men’s basketball program announced Friday that it has agreed to a home-and-home series with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Irish will visit Pauley Pavilion in December of 2018, with the Bruins visiting South Bend, Ind. in December of 2019.
“We’re excited to add a big-time home-and-home series with Notre Dame to our future schedules,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said in a statement released Friday. “These schools have been playing each other for decades, so it’s always great to match up with Notre Dame. I have a ton of respect for Mike Brey and the fantastic job that he’s done with the Fighting Irish, and I know that one year from now, this is certainly a game our fans will be excited to watch. It’s great for our sport to have two tradition-rich programs taking center stage.”
Notre Dame will forever be linked with the UCLA basketball program. On Jan. 19, 1974, the Irish beat the Bruins to snap their 88-game winning streak, a record which is likely to stand forever.
The Bruins hold a 28-20 advantage in the all-time series. They last played in December 2009, with the Irish winning 84-73.