It’s a roster reset for the Bruins, who were ousted from the Big Dance by Florida in the Sweet Sixteen a season ago. Leading scorers Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson are gone. Decline is inevitable, right? Well, not necessarily. Top-ranked recruit Isaac Hamilton was ineligible to play last season after signing a UTEP letter of intent, but he’s back to form half of a great starting backcourt along with Bryce Alford. Norman Powell has one more year of solid play at guard as well. The frontcourt could even be a strength too with incoming Kevin Looney and Thomas Welsh arriving too. The bottom line is, while the casual UCLA fan may not know all the new names, but they needn’t worry. UCLA is in prime position to top the Pac-12.
The UCLA Bruins operate under coach Steve Alford at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Los Angeles, California. Since the turn of the century the program has had its ups and downs but its history keeps it near the top of all college basketball programs. 11 national titles, including a ludicrous seven titles in a row under legendary coach John Wooden between 1967 and 1973, 44 NCAA Tournament appearances, 37 conference titles, and 80 NBA players all time boast a basketball tradition is head and shoulders above anyone else’s in the conference. Notable NBA players include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Reggie Miller, Baron Davis, Matt Barnes, Bill Walton, and Shabazz Muhammad. A UCLA renaissance in the late 2000s saw three straight Final Fours from 2006-08 with teams featuring Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Aaron Afflalo, Darren Collison, and Jrue Holiday. Don’t miss the next NBA greats on the floor at Pauley Pavilion--Gold Coast Tickets can get you the best deal on UCLA basketball tickets!