UCLA Blue Out set for tomorrow

From UCLA:

Basketball fans, we invite you to “Blue Out Sell Out” on Saturday, February 26th, at 1pm. This
event is the final men’s basketball game in Pauley Pavilion before this legendary venue closes for renovation.

Looking for seats to a sold out game? Buy tickets direct from season ticket holders at Bruin TicketExchange by Ticketmaster, the official TicketExchange of the Bruins.

Promotions for this memorable occasion include:

Wear Blue: Calling all Bruins to wear blue! Show your school pride and provide the team with a great home court atmosphere in this pivotal conference game. Update your BLUE at the UCLA Store – Ackerman Union. Our last “Two ’til Tip Off” event gives all UCLA Bruin fans the opportunity to save 20% off all Bearwear two hours prior to the game. Doors open to Ackerman Union at 11 am.

Fan Appreciation – Photo On the Court: Fans will be provided the opportunity to take a photo on Nell and John Wooden Court after the game! Bruins, bring your camera and you can capture a memory of Pauley Pavilion that lasts a lifetime. Several photographers and Athletics Staff will be on hand at various court locations to facilitate this special gesture in appreciation for our fans.

As fans wait to take their photo, enjoy the AM570 KLAC Bruin Locker Room Report post-game show brought to you by IMG College over the public address system, watch all 15 former student-athletes’ full interviews as they remember Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success blocks and all 20 of Pauley Pavilion’s Greatest Moments on the videoboard.
Concessions and restrooms will also remain open post-game during the photograph promotion.

Can’t stay after the game? Bring your men’s basketball vs. Arizona ticket stub for free admission to one of the following events for an additional opportunity take a photo on Nell and John Wooden Court after the event:

Women’s Basketball vs. Washington State: Saturday, March 5th, 2pm

Men’s Volleyball vs. UC Irvine: Thursday, March 24th, 7pm

Pauley Pavilion’s Legacy: Former assistant coach and great Denny Crum will speak to recognize the legacy and tradition of Pauley Pavilion.

Pauley Pavilion’s Greatest Moments: In celebration of 45 years in Pauley Pavilion we will present you with the #1 Pauley Pavilion Greatest Moment (voted on by you the fans) on the videoboard.

Retro Uniforms: As we honor Pauley Pavilion’s history, the players will participate too. Our Bruins will sport retro uniforms!

1971 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Bruins reunite for the 40th Anniversary of our 1971 NCAA Championship team. The coaches and players will be introduced on the court at halftime.

Giveaways:
Commemorative Pauley Pavilion ticket for all fans
John Wooden Pyramid of Success for all fans (courtesy of Fox Sports Net)
Rally Towel for all fans, presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California
Bruin Bucks Coupon books for all fans upon exit
Sunglasses to the first 1,500 UCLA students

“Blue Out” Contest: Show your fellow fans that you have the greatest Bruin passion! Wear
UCLA gear head-to-toe, blue face paint, blue hair, you get the picture!
Report (dressed in your “bluest” Bruin outfit) to either the marketing table located outside Gate 2 or on the floor-level near the visitors’ bench between 12pm-12:30pm to enter. Five (5) finalists will receive a pair of 2011-12 Men’s Basketball season tickets. Our grand prize winner will also receive two (2) all-session tickets to the 2011 Pac-10 Basketball Tournament & a $250 UCLA Store gift certificate!

Pyramid of Success: Rafer Johnson will recall his memories of Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success top block, “Competitive Greatness” on the videoboard.

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Howland Phone Conference

On keeping the team from getting over-hyped:
Howland: “They’re all big games as far as I’m concerned. It will be an electric atmosphere, because it’s the last game. I want our guys to be excited. This is what you play for. To play against a great team in Arizona.”

On the conference having two powers – UCLA and Arizona – doing well:
Howland: “As far as I’m concerned, its great. I’m speaking for us. We’ve had a really good last two-thirds of our season. I’m excited for our players. This is the time of year that’s very fun as we get towards the end.”

On doing things different against Derrick Williams:
Howland: “He played well against us the first game. He had 22 points, really did a good job shooting the ball. He’s a fantastic player – when you look at his stats, he’s shooting 67 percent from 3 for the season. That is stunning. sixty-seven percent from 3? There’s really no easy answer to solving him. He’s really good. He leads the country in getting to the free throw line. He’s just a great all-around player.”

On Arizona’s other shooters coming up big for them:
Howland: “They shoot 44 percent as a team from three in conference games. That is really an incredible stat. They’re far and away the best 3-point shooting team. In conference games, the three top shooters are all from Arizona. If you try to double (Williams), he’s passing out to a number of guys.”

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