Sunday, October 13, 2013

Blast from the past! Team photos through the years.

Last updated Jan 24, 2021

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

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

1958-59 (16-9)
Coach: John Wooden
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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.

NCAA Champions (30-0)
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1966-67 UCLA Bruins (Thanks, B..B!)
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.

The Perfect Team 1966-67 was honored on Senior Night 2017. from UCLA Athletics

NCAA Champions (29-1)
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Coach: John Wooden

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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Coach: John Wooden

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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Coach: John Wooden

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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Coach: John Wooden

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.

NCAA Champions (30-0)
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Coach: John Wooden

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.

NCAA Champions (30-0)
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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!!!

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