Report: UC, UCLA to play home-and-home series starting next season

Cincinnati guard Jarron Cumberland, right, drives against UCLA Lonzo Ball during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bearcats may be beefing up their non-conference schedule with a potential rematch from the NCAA Tournament.

Jon Rothstein, College Basketball Insider for CBS Sports, reported on Wednesday that Cincinnati and UCLA will play a home-and-home series starting next year in Westwood.

The Bearcats have not officially announced the deal, but there would be a return game in Cincinnati during the 2018-19 college basketball season.

The Bruins beat the Bearcats 79-67 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this past March then went on to lose to the University of Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

UCLA lost freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf to the NBA from that team. Head coach Steve Alford's son Bryce, a senior guard, also graduated.