Sunday, August 14, 2016

2016 Wooden Legacy Bracket Revealed


2016 Wooden Legacy on ESPN 

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball team will take on Portland in its first game of the 2016 DIRECTV Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym on Thursday, Nov. 24.

UCLA's game versus Portland will be nationally televised on ESPN2, slated for tipoff at 8 p.m. (PT). The eight-team bracket was announced Thursday by ESPN Events.

The Bruins will face either Dayton or Nebraska on Thursday, Nov. 25 in Titan Gym. The four teams on the opposite side of the bracket from UCLA include CSUN, New Mexico, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. UCLA will play one of those four schools on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Prior to the Wooden Legacy (Nov. 24-27), UCLA will open its season with four non-conference home games.

Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Steve Alford, the Bruins are set to return four of five starters from last season's team – seniors Bryce Alford (16.1 ppg) and Isaac Hamilton (16.8 ppg), junior Thomas Welsh (11.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and sophomore Aaron Holiday (10.3 ppg). UCLA went 15-17 last year, compiling a 6-12 record in Pac-12 play. The Bruins will play in the Wooden Legacy for the first time since the tournament adopted its current format in 2013-14. UCLA last competed in the Orange County-based tournament in Nov. 2009, when the 76 Classic took place at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Portland went 12-20 last year, going 6-12 in the West Coast Conference. The Pilots finished eighth out of 10 teams in the regular season West Coast Conference standings. Portland is led by Terry Porter, who enters his first season as the Pilots' head coach in 2016-17.

All-session ticket packages are currently available by clicking here. Ticket packages can also be ordered by calling (310) UCLA-WIN (825-2946).

DIRECTV Wooden Legacy Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 24 – Titan Gym (Fullerton, Calif.)
Game 1 – Texas A&M vs. CSUN – 11 a.m. (ESPN3)
Game 2 – New Mexico vs. Virginia Tech – 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 3 – Dayton vs. Nebraska – 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 4 – Portland vs. UCLA – 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Friday, Nov. 25 – Titan Gym (Fullerton, Calif.)
Game 5 – Texas A&M/CSUN losing team vs. New Mexico/Virginia Tech losing team – 12 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 6 – Texas A&M/CSUN winning team vs. New Mexico/Virginia Tech winning team – 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 7 – Dayton/Nebraska losing team vs. Portland/UCLA losing team – 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 8 – Dayton/Nebraska winning team vs. Portland/UCLA winning team – 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Sunday, Nov. 27 – Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.)
Game 9 – Game 5 and Game 7 winning teams – 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
Game 10 – Game 6 and Game 8 losing teams – 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 11 – Championship Game – Game 6 and Game 8 winning teams – 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 12 – Game 5 and Game 7 losing teams – 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

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