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UCLA Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day 2013

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UCLA Basketball Hosts Annual Media Day
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Release: Monday 10/14/2013
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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men’s basketball program hosted its annual media day in Pauley Pavilion on Monday afternoon with new head coach Steve Alford.

Alford met with members of the media for the third consecutive Monday before players were made available and participated in a series of group photos, including the annual team picture on the center of Nell and John Wooden Court.

UCLA’s head coach began his day joining Nan Wooden and other members of the Wooden family at Vip’s Café on the birthday of late coach John Wooden. Vip’s Café, located in Tarzana, Calif., was Coach Wooden’s favorite local spot for breakfast. Coach Wooden was born Oct. 14, 1910 in Martinsville, Ind.

“It was a great experience,” Alford said. “There was a lot of his family there. I got to spend time with them. I got to see the booth that he sat in, and all the pictures, and obviously a lot of memories and stories of him having a lot of breakfasts to start his day there.”

Following a series of team and group photos on the center of UCLA’s court, the Bruins continued their third full week of practice.

UCLA opens its regular season against Drexel in Pauley Pavilion on Friday, Nov. 8. Game time is 9 p.m. The Bruins will host a pair of exhibition games against Cal State San Bernardino (Oct. 30) and Cal State San Marcios (Nov. 4). Both of those exhibition contests will begin at 7:30 p.m.

UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford
Media Day Quotes – Oct. 14, 2013

opening remarks
“First and foremost, I give our SIDs [sports information directors] a lot of credit trying to organize media day in honor of Coach Wooden and hosting this on his birthday. Our hope is, moving forward, that UCLA men’s basketball will always be able to hold its media day on the 14th of October, at least as a small way of honoring a great man and, obviously, a great coach. Happy birthday to Coach, and we are glad that media day and, somewhat, the start of practice is happening on his birthday.”

on his morning at Vip’s, Coach Wooden’s favorite breakfast spot in Tarzana
“Yes, my first experience there. It was great. It was good. Coach has got those Indiana ties, and that’s what was fun when I ordered crispy bacon. They knew exactly what I was talking about. Coach actually used the word brittle. I didn’t use the word brittle, but it was kind of the same because in the Midwest we do like that crispy bacon. It was a great experience. There was a lot of his family there. I got to spend some time with them. I got to see the booth that he sat in, and all the pictures, and obviously a lot of memories and stories of him having a lot of breakfasts to start his day there.”

on being compared to Coach John Wooden as UCLA’s head coach
“I would never distance myself to anyone like that. You can’t be compared to that guy. Obviously, we are both from the state of Indiana and we both grew up in Indiana. I would tease him if he were here today that he went to the other school in Indiana, but we grew up in Indiana. I followed him and he was somebody that I looked up to a great deal as an elementary kid, not so much as a player because he was done playing, but that was in his hey-day as a coach. And, as I got into coaching and got to really know John Wooden the man, it just solidified everything I’d known about him as a coach and those types of things because of his character, his integrity and who he was as a person more than just who he was as a coach. When you are the head basketball coach at UCLA, you can’t help but to get some of those comparisons. But there is no comparison. Whether it’s me, or whoever it is, trying to compare the head basketball coach here to him, that’s a really difficult and probably unfair comparison just because of who he is. I just feel honored, and it’s a humbling experience – I’ve said it since day one – that I grew up wanting to play for Coach Knight and to have that dream come true and to be an Indiana boyhood kid growing up I never in my wildest imagination when I took over the head coaching job at Manchester College, a small division three school in northeast Indiana, did I ever think that I’d be coaching at the same place Coach Wooden coached. I feel extremely blessed.”

on the Indiana basketball background defining him
“When he grew up and then later when I grew up, it was one class. It was one state champ. What really taught him early on and I know it taught me early on, no matter how many high schools, there might have only been, I know when I graduated there were 350 high schools, competing for one state championships. When he grew up it was less than that, maybe 250 or 300, but in the state of Indiana there was only one championship. So, you learned. You learned how to compete and you learned that there were a lot of people in the dance but there was only one state championship. Now, it’s changed because they’ve got class basketball and every year there are four or five state championships just like there are in a lot of states throughout the country. That kind of system really helped somebody like me. I learned the competitiveness that not everybody gets the blue ribbon. There’s going to be different shades of ribbons, but there is only one champ. I learned that at a very early age about competing to try and win. That history in Indiana, I think, really helped me and that was a lot of fun.”

on comparisons between Coach John Wooden and Coach Bob Knight
“Well, both big-time winners. Obviously, there are differences in style and that type of thing. The comparisons are the likenesses that I’ve been able to see in my playing career and coaching career and knowing them both. They knew who they were. They were very comfortable with who they were. They taught that system. They really believed in their system and because of that, their players believed in that. The outside can disagree with why things are being done, or in recruiting with who is being recruited, but they never wavered. They knew their system, their knew their style and who they wanted to coach, and they never wavered from what they believed in. That consistency and fairness to the players really showed in the way the players, if there’s another comparison, knowing the guys who played here under Coach Wooden and, obviously, knowing the guys who played under Coach Knight, you’d go through that wall for either man. That’s how much the players really believed in the coaches.”

on an update regarding Wanaah Bail and Isaac Hamilton
“No. We are continuing that holding pattern, especially with [Wanaah] Bail because that has been in for a while. We are just waiting to get word. Nothing has changed from last week.”

on not being able to have either player cleared yet
“I hope not for a while. That’s the nice thing is that we are early. It’s the 14th of October. That’s what we were talking about as a staff. Friday is really supposed to be the official start date if you look at the previous rules that I’ve had for 23 years. The weekend closest to October 15th. So, we are ahead of the game. But so are other colleges and universities as far as offense and defense and those types of things. We are not totally anxious, but with that said, as far as ahead where we are, Wanaah is that far behind. He’s not getting to do those things on the court. Now, Wanaah is doing a great job of watching the offense and defense and those principles. But it’s like riding the stationary bike. It’s not the same as the conditioning on the court. Neither is going through the offense and defense against your teammates. We need to get him out there practicing, so he’s got two things – obviously the eligibility and just making sure that he’s 100 percent healthy before he gets out there.”

on Zach LaVine tweaking his ankle
“He turned an ankle, but he wore that [boot] to class once because he practiced the very next day. He did not miss any practice and hasn’t missed any. I don’t see a serious injury there at all.”

UCLA's Steve Alford, Returning Hoopsters Address Media

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Release: Monday 09/30/2013
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September 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - UCLA head coach Steve Alford and four of the Bruins' returning players spoke with members of the local media on Monday afternoon, prior to the team's third practice of the preseason.
Coach Alford, along with senior Travis Wear, junior Norman Powell and sophomores Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams spoke about the team's summer preparations, their expectations for the season, and the transition with the program's new coaching staff.
Single-game tickets for UCLA's upcoming men's basketball season will go onsale beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1 (click here). The Bruins open the 2013-14 campaign against Drexel in Pauley Pavilion the evening on Friday, Nov. 8. UCLA will host a pair of exhibition games on Oct. 30 (vs. Cal State San Bernardino) and Nov. 4 (vs. Cal State San Marcos).
on Jordan Adams recovering from his foot injury (suffered March 15)
“He’s shown no affects. Obviously, we’ve only had two days of practice but I think the medical staff and Laef [Morris] have done a great job of being overly cautious. His workload our first three months probably wasn’t anything at all. It was bike work, being able to dribble a basketball, shooting a little bit on it, but he looks really good. Obviously, he’s got to continue to get in better shape and those things, but we have plenty of time to do that. He and Kyle [Anderson] have a terrific feel. They have a great basketball IQ. So when you have both of them out there, that really helps.
on Jordan Adams’ practice schedule
“He was full-go on the first day. We backed him off a little bit on the second day, so we will try and do that pattern for maybe one to two weeks. After that, he will be full-go every day. We are trying to factor all that in. We are not going more than four or five days in a row. The way it looks like right now, through a six-week practice plan, we will probably have two days off each week the way it is. That works very well for Jordan. If he has to have a few more days off, then we’ll give him a few more.
on what he’s learned about his new job since being hired six months ago
“Well, I thought the weather was really good, but I had no idea it was going to be this good. Well, that’s where I work. So it’s a lot of fun, coming to work every day. I don’t worry about the rain and I don’t worry about bad weather, so that’s a little bit different. But nothing [significant], really. It’s my 23rd year. I’ve been doing this a long time. Other than the rules changing a little bit, and those seem to change a lot now, other than the rules changing here in September – it’s my fifth time taking over a new job. Getting my team ready, and organizing recruiting and getting people in line from academics to sports information to travel to just how you like doing things the first year, there’s always a transition period. I’ve done that five times already, so that is no different. It’s just it was six years ago, so I haven’t had to worry about this going into a season.”
on attracting top-level recruits and looking at the ESPN.com recruiting rankings
“We will look at that stuff. That’s one ranking. You can look at other rankings and they will vary. There are so many different rankings that will vary. One thing that we have been able to do in six months, is that we haven’t had any problem getting guys interested to look at UCLA. That’s what our brand is about. When you start looking at the history and tradition of UCLA, that’s a pretty easy brand to sell. The guys that we have been on, those are guys that we have really wanted to actively recruit. If there’s 10 guys on that list that aren’t interested in UCLA, you just move on. If you’re talking about rankings, the 15th-ranked guy might be more readily available and a better overall player than the eighth-ranked guy. So, we don’t pay a whole lot of attention to that other than getting names and seeing what will fit into the puzzle that we are putting together. Going into the first of October, we are really excited about how that puzzle is looking. There are still a lot of pieces that have to go into that. I like where recruiting is going, not just in ‘14, but also ‘15 and ‘16.
on exploring interest in UCLA from the nation's top-10 ranked players
“That’s hard. I don’t know how to answer that, because what rankings are you talking about? When I played in the ‘80s, they didn’t even rank players. Yet the Indianas of the world and Kentucky or Duke or UCLA, they still had success. We know what we want to do in recruiting and how we want to attack recruiting. Through six months, that has been a lot. Part of recruiting when you take a new job is making sure that you recruit your current team. When I arrived, we only had six guys on scholarship and all six of those guys stayed. To be honest with you, all six of them could have left. So we had to spend the first month just recruiting those guys. I’m very thankful for them, because they bought in and have trusted what we are doing. We are building trust in them. Then you just branch out from there. Those things have gone very well. With what you are mentioning, I don’t know if I could stand here before you and tell you who those 10 guys are you are talking about. I would know them if you told me their names, but I don’t look at it to where, ‘We are recruiting this guy who is ranked sixth, or this guy who is ranked 25th.’ Mateen Cleaves – there were a lot of guys who I played with and coached against in the Big Ten who were not ranked and they ended up being really good players. Sometimes those rankings they work out and sometimes they don’t. But I do think just in a short time, most of the top players in the country have got UCLA on their list of at least consideration and that’s been good.”
on the pending eligibility of Wanaah Bail and Isaac Hamilton
“As far as eligibility, no update. We are waiting to hear on Wanaah and hopefully get information on that really quickly. Isaac started class last Thursday [Sept. 26], so that process will probably take a little longer than Wanaah’s. Again, that’s on the NCAA. I don’t know the time frame on it. Obviously, for Wannah and Isaac’s case, I hope it’s sooner rather than later. [Regarding Wanaah Bail] When you look at some of these other cases that are coming forward and eligibilities are being restored, we are hopeful but again, that’s in the hands of the NCAA. We just have to wait and see.”
on Wanaah Bail returning to practice from knee surgery earlier this summer
“He’s probably three weeks away if I’m just reading into the doctor’s reports and talking to Laef [Morris]. He’s probably three weeks away from being released to do some things, and probably four to five weeks from being 100 percent. So, hopefully we can get a ruling on him. If it’s not a favorable [NCAA] ruling, the aggressiveness of it may back off a little bit. Hopefully, we can get a favorable ruling so that the rehab can aggressively take place. This happened right when he got to campus. I don’t know the date of when he got the surgery. He hasn’t done a lot since he joined our family because of the injury. We obviously know about him because we saw him play in high school and those types of things, and he adds to our inside. That’s where we have some concerns. We just aren’t that deep on the front court because you’ve got the Wear twins and then Tony, and Wanaah would really help with the depth of our front court. Very athletic. Very good presence. He can play mostly inside, but he can go to the perimeter and play. He gives you a big man like the Wear twins who is a little more versatile.”

on UCLA’s situation at the point guard position
“Kyle is somebody that can play that position. Of the freshmen, Bryce can play that position. Zach can play it, but Zach is a scoring guard and I want him to kind of be in that position. We don’t really label guys. If you look at my teams from New Mexico, you would say we played, some years, with three point guards. One year, we played Darrington Hobson at point forward. Last year, you would probably say we had no point guards in Kendall Williams, Tony Snell and Hugh Greenwood. None of those three are prototype point guards. And yet, the ball control end of it is pretty good. We don’t turn the ball over. We want to play up-tempo. We can go with a lot of versatility. We are very early into this process. The next six weeks will tell how combinations work in practice to see how things go. I’m not really worried about handling the ball and getting our offense started. I think that we will have plenty of guards that are able to do that.”

on where to expect Isaac Hamilton to play on the court
“We will just see. The plan is, he’ll do both. He will play all the guard positions. Just like if you asked me about Kyle, I’d tell you the same thing. With Norman, he probably won’t play a lot of point position. But he can bring the ball up if he rebounds, he’s got the freedom to bring it up. Bryce can play a lot of positions. Zach can play a lot of positions. Noah can play a lot of positions. Noah wouldn’t be a point guard, but he can play the other guard positions. I know that everybody likes labeling kids. I’ve never been a big labeler because I think then you take away from what they might develop into. I was a point guard coming out of high school. I played very little point guard in college. I was a shooting guard, you might say, and others might say I was a forward at times with as much time as I spent on the baseline. And then I went to the league and I got to be a point guard again. More than labeling, I want to see how these guys enjoy the offense and fit in the best. You take their skill set to see how you can use them the best and to make them look the best.”

on preference for a certain defensive style
“I’ve mostly been a man guy. We will be able to play some zone just because of some of the lineups we can put out there. If you look at the Wear twins and or Tony, any combination of those two bigs. And then guys like Norman, Jordan and Kyle – that’s a really big lineup. We have the versatility of going big, and the versatility of being long and athletic. We may mix things up more so that we work on zone defenses and zone offenses a little bit more. The Pac-12 has a little bit more of that going on than the Mountain West Conference. There are more teams that will play zone, so we will probably play for that a little bit more than what we normally do.”

on re-recruiting the current players on the roster last April
“Just getting to know them. Communicating with them. Spending time with them. They were in class at the time. Having them in the office, sitting down to talk with them and letting them get to know us. Everybody except for Tyus [Edney] was new. Just getting them to the office so we had a chance to get to know them, watching some tape. And thankfully, that trust has been built to where I think they’d tell you they are enjoying things to this point. Because things that were told to them six months ago, those things are happening. That’s how you build trust. We were on the floor for individual workouts. They got to see us through our development phase. If they like how we are teaching the game of basketball, if the style would fit. What we did in individual workouts, they were able to see that as well.”

on having a roster loaded with athletic wing players
“My last year’s team at New Mexico, again, I don’t know that you would say that any of those guys were true point guards. We had Hugh Greenwood at 6-3, about 205 pounds. We had Kendall Williams, who was more of an off guard. Tony Snell was more of an off guard. We had played four guards before. We have played the traditional two bigs that aren’t a true center. Like if you played the two Wears together, I don’t know that you say either one of those guys are a center, they’re two big forwards. Now if you put Tony Parker in there, that’s more of a legit center. So you’ve got a variety of guys you can play. That’s more of a benefit. I’ve probably had more teams along those lines than just your typical center, power forward, swing guard, shooting guard, point guard. I usually don’t label guys like that. The way we run our system like that, they don’t need to be labeled. If you look at veterans and you pick and choose the guys you want to put in there – you’ve got the Wear twins and Tony, and Kyle, Jordan and Tony, just your vets coming back – that’s a pretty big lineup. I like the matchup problems that could cause. And yet we have a lot of other different ways we can go with freshmen that are energized, freshmen that can score, freshman that can handle it. It’s just like a lot of freshmen, our freshmen are learning about guarding and playing against 22 and 23 year-olds, whereas the last couple years they have been going against 15 to 17 year-olds. That’s a transition period, and they are going through that.”

on the role that Kyle Anderson will play
“Big role. He will play any of four positions. He will play any of the three guard positions and we will play him at four as well because he’s arguably one of our best rebounders. Tremendous feel. Kyle will be on the floor a lot. We will be very versatile with what we do. He will have the ball in ball screens, be the screener in ball screens, he will bring the ball up some. He will run as a big guard, so we’ll post him. There will be a lot of versatility in the way we are going to use him.”

on the importance of recruiting in southern California
“Recruiting your home, and I think that’s what has been so exciting for us. It’s a change for us, having a place that has so much talent, and southern California has an incredible amount of talent. Building those relationships and continuing to build those relationships, whether it be with AAU coaches or high school coaches, and then letting those prospective student-athletes, those recruits, get to see who we are and meet who we are. You’ve got unofficial visits, they can come on campus and come to practice and then see our style. Those things are in place, and we will continue that through this year. Once we get to play in games and that becomes a little more evident you will see that. But even concluding the ‘14 class, and into the ‘15 and ‘16 classes, there is a heavy emphasis on that just because there is so much talent.”

UCLA Men's Basketball Begins Practice

UCLA Men's Basketball Begins Practice
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Release: Saturday 09/28/2013
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September 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s basketball program began preseason practice on Saturday afternoon in Pauley Pavilion. The September start marks a departure from past years as the NCAA adjusted regulations on the practice calendar prior to the 2013-14 season.
In past seasons, practice began approximately four weeks before a team’s first regular season game.
Now, men’s basketball teams get to conduct 30 days of practice in the six weeks prior to their first regular season contest.
Under the direction of new head coach Steve Alford, the Bruins return three of five starters from last season and six of the team’s eight primary contributors. Alford took over as UCLA’s head coach on March 30 after having led the University of New Mexico to unprecedented heights in a six-year span as the Lobos’ head coach. Alford guided New Mexico to five regular-season titles in the Mountain West Conference, including regular-season and MWC Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013.
Prior to New Mexico, Alford led the University of Iowa to two Big Ten Tournament titles and Missouri State to the school’s only Sweet 16 appearance in the 1999 NCAA Tournament.
Alford and his team bring back three of UCLA’s top four scorers from one season ago – sophomore Jordan Adams (15.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg), senior Travis Wear (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and sophomore Kyle Anderson (9.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg). Likewise, three of the Bruins’ top four rebounders from last season are back in 2013-14 – Anderson, Travis Wear and David Wear (7.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg).
In addition, UCLA returns junior Norman Powell (6.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg), who played in all 35 games and served as one of the team’s primary stoppers on defense. Sophomore Tony Parker (2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg) played in 33 games as a freshman and figures to factor prominently in UCLA’s plans this season.
The Bruins bring in a freshman class that features guards Zach LaVine (Seattle, Wash.), Bryce Alford (Albuquerque, N.M.), Noah Allen (Pacific Grove, Calif.) and Isaac Hamilton (Los Angeles) and 6-foot-9 forward Wanaah Bail (Houston, Texas).
UCLA opens its regular-season against Drexel on Friday, Nov. 8, in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will host 18 regular-season home games after playing a pair of exhibition games in Pauley Pavilion versus Cal State San Bernardino (Oct. 30) and Cal State San Marcos (Nov. 4).
The Bruins’ non-conference schedule includes a contest at Missouri on Dec. 7 and a CARQUEST Auto Parts Classic game against Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York on Dec. 19. UCLA closes its non-conference slate versus Alabama in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 28.
Single-game tickets are on sale beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, by clicking here.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blast from the past! Team photos through the years.

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1948-49 (22-7)
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Coach John Wooden's first team at UCLA

Coach John Wooden's first team at UCLA (Thanks, B..B!)

1958-59 (16-9)
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NCAA Champions (30-0)
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UCLA used a 16-0 spurt late in the first half to spark a 98-83 victory over Duke and cap a perfect 30-0 season in the NCAA title game in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the beginning of the most dominant era in college basketball, a stretch in which the Bruins would win 10 national championships in 12 years. Head coach John Wooden had a relatively undersized team, but took advantage of its experience and quickness by utilizing a devastating zone press that would become UCLA's trademark. Senior Walt Hazzard, perhaps the top playmaker in Bruin history, averaged 18.6 points per game and was named college basketball's player of the year. Gail Goodrich led the Bruins with an average of 21.5 points per game. Top reserve Kenny Washington came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points and grab 12 rebounds in the championship game. The Bruins were not regarded as title contenders at the beginning of the season but moved into the top spot in the national polls early in January for the first time in school history.

NCAA Champions (28-2)
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Guard Gail Goodrich scored a school-record 42 points to lead the Bruins to a 91-80 victory over Michigan in the NCAA championship game in Portland, Oregon. Goodrich and Keith Erickson were the only returning starters from the team that won UCLA's first national title in 1964, and the Bruins were drubbed by Illinois in the season opener. But John Wooden's squad nearly was flawless after that, with only a loss to Iowa when Erickson was hurt marring the rest of the schedule. UCLA finished 28-2. Goodrich led the Bruins by averaging 24.6 points per game. Erickson averaged 12.9 points and perfected his role as the safety in the zone press. UCLA averaged an even 100 points in winning its four NCAA tournament games.

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UCLA started four sophomores and a junior but rarely was challenged en route to a 30-0 season and its third national championship in four years. One of the sophomores was center Lew Alcindor, who scored a school-record 56 points in his first varsity game and later had 61 in a victory over Washington State. Alcindor averaged 29.0 points per game and set an NCAA record by making 66.7 percent of his field-goal attempts. He earned the first of three consecutive player of the year awards. Guard Lucius Allen averaged 15.5 points per game and guard Mike Warren, the lone junior in the starting lineup, added 12.7. The Bruins outscored their four NCAA tournament opponents by 95 points. They easily handled upstart Dayton 79-64 in the championship game at Louisville, Kentucky.

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NCAA Champions (29-1)
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Lew Alcindor scored 34 points as the Bruins blasted North Carolina 78-55 in the NCAA title game at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. The victory gave UCLA its fourth championship in five years. With their entire starting lineup back from the 1967 national championship season, the Bruins were favored to win again in 1968. However, they entered the NCAA tournament ranked second in the nation behind Houston after a two-point defeat to the Cougars in the Astrodome, a loss that snapped UCLA's winning streak at 47. In the NCAA semifinals, however, the Bruins exacted revenge, crushing Houston 101-69 as Alcindor, Lucius Allen and Mike Lynn each scored 19 points. Five players averaged in double figures in scoring for the 29-1 Bruins in 1968, led by Alcindor's 26.2. He was named the college player of the year.

NCAA Champions (29-1)
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Three-time player of the year Lew Alcindor concluded his college career by scoring 37 points and grabbing 20 rebounds, and the Bruins became the first team to win three consecutive NCAA basketball titles with a 92-72 rout of Purdue in the final in Louisville, Kentucky. UCLA won its first 25 games of the 1969 season, although the 25th was a double-overtime struggle at USC. The next night, the Trojans upset the Bruins 46-44, handing UCLA its first loss ever at Pauley Pavilion. However, that was the only blemish on a 29-1 season. The Bruins swept into the Final Four with victories over New Mexico State and Santa Clara in the NCAA regionals at Pauley Pavilion, then edged Drake to reach the championship game. Alcindor averaged 24.0 points per game and finished his career as UCLA's all-time scoring and rebounding leader. The teams he played on won 88 of 90 games.

NCAA Champions (28-2)
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With Lew Alcindor gone to the NBA, few observers expected UCLA to extend its string of consecutive national championships. But the Bruins went 28-2 and made it four titles in a row with an 80-69 victory over Jacksonville in the final game in College Park, Maryland. Junior forwards Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe and junior center Steve Patterson gave UCLA a physical front line. They were joined in the backcourt by returning senior starter John Vallely and sophomore Henry Bibby. All five players averaged in double figures in scoring as the Bruins amassed 92 points per game, including a school-record 133 in a victory over LSU. Wicks emerged as the top scorer (18.6 points per game) and rebounder (11.9). In the title game, Jacksonville jumped out to a nine-point first-half lead behind stars Artis Gilmore and Rex Morgan. But the Bruins gained control by intermission, taking a five-point advantage and then going on to win 80-69 behind 19 points from Rowe and 17 each from Wicks and Patterson.

NCAA Champions (29-1)
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Forward Sidney Wicks was the prime catalyst most of the season, but it was center Steve Patterson who scored 29 points to lead UCLA to a 68-62 victory over Villanova in the NCAA title game in Houston, Texas. The Bruins won their fifth consecutive national championship, their seventh in eight years. This one did not come easily, however. Though they went 29-1 (the lone loss came at Notre Dame), the Bruins relied on their poise and discipline to win seven games by five points or fewer. Wicks beat Oregon State in the final seconds with a basket, and UCLA rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final minutes to beat USC at the Sports Arena. In the NCAA regionals, the Bruins rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Cal State Long Beach 57-55. Wicks led the team in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive season, averaging 21.3 points and 12.7 boards per game. Curtis Rowe averaged 17.5 points and Patterson chipped in 12.9.

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Five years after Lew Alcindor joined the varsity and began dominating college basketball, UCLA unveiled a new sophomore class of three starters, headlined by center Bill Walton. The Bruins began the season by scoring more than 100 points in seven consecutive games and rarely were challenged, outscoring their opponents by more than 30 points per game while fashioning a 30-0 record. Walton averaged 21.1 points per game and equaled Alcindor's single-season record with 466 rebounds. The other sophomores were forward Keith Wilkes, who averaged 13.5 points per game, and point guard Greg Lee, who directed the Bruins' offense. Walton had 24 points and Wilkes added 23 in an 81-76 victory over Florida State in the NCAA title game at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

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Coach: John Wooden

UCLA won its seventh straight national title in 1973, became the first school to post back-to-back unbeaten seasons and set an NCAA record for consecutive victories. The Bruins' 82-63 victory at Notre Dame in late January was their 61st in a row, breaking the old record set by the Bill Russell-led USF teams of the mid-1950s. By season's end, UCLA's streak was at 75. Along the way, the Bruins had very few close calls, winning each of their 26 regular-season games by at least six points and 23 of 26 by 10 points or more. In the NCAA regionals, UCLA survived USF's slowdown tactics, and in the national semifinals, the Bruins beat Indiana by 20 points behind a 22-point effort from reserve Tommy Curtis. In the title game, center Bill Walton turned in one of the most remarkable performances in NCAA tournament history. He made 21 of 22 shots in a 44-point, 13-rebound effort to lead the Bruins past Memphis State, 87-66.

NCAA Champions (28-3)
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Coach: John Wooden

The Bruins' string of seven consecutive national championships ended with a double-overtime loss to North Carolina State in the 1974 semifinal game, but UCLA bounced back to win the title again in John Wooden's last season as coach. Senior Dave Meyers, the lone returning starter from the 1974 team, led Wooden's final team by averaging 18.3 points per game. Richard Washington averaged 15.9 points per game and Marques Johnson added 11.6. The Bruins lost three regular-season games and had numerous other close games, but still managed to win the Pac-8 title. They struggled early in the NCAA tournament, with an overtime victory over Michigan in the first round and a 3-point win over Drake after that. But Washington scored 35 points in a 14-point victory over Arizona State in the West Regional final to propel UCLA to the Final Four. After a one-point overtime victory over Louisville in the national semifinal game, Wooden announced his retirement. The Bruins gave their legendary coach a 92-85 victory over Kentucky in his final game. Washington scored 28 points, Meyers added 24, and Drollinger came off the bench to grab 13 rebounds to secure UCLA's 10th national title in 12 years.

1981? 82? 83?
Coach: Larry Farmer

NIT Champions (21-12)
Coach: Walt Hazzard

NCAA Champions (32-1)
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Coach: Jim Harrick

NCAA First Round (23-8)
Coach: Jim Harrick
Just dug this picture up. Didn't realize that Mark Gottfried left the team right after the 1995 Championship season (wiki link on Gottfried).

20 years after UCLA's last NCAA title and 15 years since its last Final Four, UCLA returned to national prominence by defeating the defending national champion Arkansas 89-78. Led by seniors Ed O'Bannon, Tyus Edney, and George Zidek, UCLA established a single-season record for most wins (32-1 overall record) and ended the year with a 19-game winning streak. Other key contributors were sophomores Charles O'Bannon and Cameron Dollar, and freshmen Toby Bailey and J.R. Henderson. Edney saved the team from a second-round upset with his full-court dash and layup in 4.8 seconds against Missouri. UCLA won that game 75-74. George Zidek contained Oklahoma State's center Bryant Reeves in UCLA's semifinal victory over the Cowboys, 74-61. Edney, however, injured his wrist in that game and only played less than 3 minutes against Arkansas. Dollar admirably filled in for Edney in the title game with a career-high 36 minutes and 8 assists. Ed O'Bannon led the way with 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Toby Bailey had a career-high 26 points. Ed O'Bannon was named the Final Four MVP and later received the John R. Wooden Award. Coach Jim Harrick was named the 1995 Naismith and NABC National Coach of the Year and the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

Coach: Steve Lavin
Brian Morrison has long hair here so I am guessing this was his first year with the team? 

Final Four (35-4)
Coach: Ben Howland
Let me know if you made this so I can properly credit you.

Round of 32 (23-11)
Coach: Ben Howland

No post-season (19-14)
Coach: Ben Howland

NCAA 2nd Round (25-10)
Coach: Ben Howland

NCAA Sweet 16 (28-9)
Coach: Steve Alford

NCAA Sweet 16 (22-14, 11-7)
Coach: Steve Alford

Probably No Post-Season (15-16, 6-12)
Coach: Steve Alford
Back row: video coordinator Kory Alford, director of administration Doug Erickson, director of player development/scouting Kory Barnett, Tony Parker, Alex Olesinski, Thomas Welsh, György “G.G.” Goloman, Jonah Bolden, Ikenna Okwarabizie, Noah Allen, athletic performance coach Wes Long, athletic trainer Shane Besedick. Front row: Gabriel Bell-Williams, Prince Ali, Aaron Holiday, Bryce Alford, director of operations Tyus Edney, assistant coach Ed Schilling, head coach Steve Alford, assistant coach Duane Broussard, assistant coach David Grace, Isaac Hamilton, Alec Wulff, Jerrold Smith, Wonder Smith.

NCAA Sweet 16 (31-5, 15-3)
Coach: Steve Alford
Top row (left to right): assistant athletic performance coach Jordan Jackson, video coordinator Kory Alford, director of administration Doug Erickson, director of player development and personnel Kory Barnett, Alex Olesinski, Ike Anigbogu, Thomas Welsh, György Goloman, Ikenna Okwarabizie, TJ Leaf, Lonzo Ball, athletic performance coach Wes Long, athletic trainer Shane Besedick, assistant athletic performance coach Duval Kirkaldy. Front row (left to right): Armani Dodson, Prince Ali, Aaron Holiday, Bryce Alford, director of operations Tyus Edney, assistant coach Ed Schilling, head coach Steve Alford, assistant coach Duane Broussard, assistant coach David Grace, Isaac Hamilton, Alec Wulff, Jerrold Smith, Isaac Wulff.

NCAA Half & Done (Lost in First Four game) (21-12, 11-7)
Coach: Steve Alford

No post-season (17-16, 9-9)
Coaches: Steve Alford (fired mid-season); Murry Bartow

Finishes #2 in the Pac-12 (19-12, 12-6)
No Post-Season 
Season ended due to COVID-19
Coach Mick Cronin

Coach Mick Cronin

I need help identifying some of these teams. Kindly post a comment to provide info. Also, if you have a team photo (or better res) to share, please post on Bruin Zone or leave an e-mail address on the comment section so we can coordinate pic transfer. Any errors on here, let me know, too. Thanks! 

Go, Bruins!!!