UCLA Bruins Mens Basketball Tickets
The UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team is a Division I program for the University of California-Los Angeles. The team is located in Los Angeles, California and plays their home games at the Pauley Pavilion. The Pauley Pavilion has a capacity of 12,829 people and opened in 1965. The Bruins have had incredible success at their home building, including a 98-game win streak in the 1970s, and racking up a 149-2 record at the Pauley Pavilion from 1965 to 1975. The team plays in the Pacific 12 Conference. The team is currently coached by Ben Howland. In Howland’s nine years as coach, he has revitalized the program, taking them from 11 wins in his first season to a trip to the National Championship game and 32 wins just two years later. Howland has racked up a 205-96 record with the Bruins, which includes six NCAA Tournament appearances including three straight Final Four appearances between 2006 and 2008.
Since their first season in 1919, UCLA has been by almost any metric the best team in NCAA history. Wasting no time, the team won its first conference championship in 1921, and went on to win five out of the next conference championships as well. While before 1948, the team had garnered some success, when John Wooden arrived, the team reached new heights. Under Wooden, the team never suffered a losing season, notching four undefeated seasons in 1964, 1967, 1972, and 1973, the latter two a part of the team’s 88-game regular season winning streak. Under Wooden, they won ten National Championships, and made it to the Final Four nine years in a row from 1966 to 1975. Wooden finished with a 620-147 record and cemented himself as one of, if not the best coach of all time. After Wooden’s departure, the team was still perennially in the NCAA Tournament; however, it was not until Jim Harrick came in 1988 that the team regained their consistency. In 1995, they finally won again, notching a 32-1 record and taking home the title.
The Bruins have faired remarkably well in the NBA Draft, with 82 players going on to the NBA, including two first overall selections: Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor, later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. UCLA’s main rival is the USC Trojans due to their proximity to one another within the city of Los Angeles. UCLA has dominated the rivalry; however, that does not stop this from being one of the most interesting games on each team’s calendar.