LOS ANGELES – UCLA’s 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule is highlighted by non-conference contests in the Legends Classic at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center (Nov. 19-20); in the John R. Wooden Classic vs. San Diego State in Honda Center (Dec. 1); a road game vs. Texas in Houston’s Reliant Stadium (Dec. 8); and home games against NCAA Tournament teams Long Beach State (Dec. 18) and Missouri (Dec. 28).
The Bruins will open play in New Pauley Pavilion on Friday, November 9 against Indiana State, which posted an 18-15 record and played in the CIT postseason tournament in 2011-12. The matchup with the Sycamores is significant as Indiana State was the only other college institution that legendary UCLA Head Coach John Wooden called home as a head coach, posting a 44-15 in two seasons in Terre Haute (1946-47/1947-48) before departing for UCLA.
The $136-million Pauley Pavilion renovation will feature many new amenities that will enhance the fan experience. These include, but are not limited to, a new concourse which incorporates the entire facility and that will feature displays showcasing UCLA’s Athletics history, new concessions stands and restrooms, all new seats, a state-of-the-art center-hung scoreboard, and 30-inch LED ribbon boards encircling the interior of the arena. In addition, there will be facilities dedicated to the student-athletes, including new locker rooms, lounges, a video room and a strength and conditioning facility.
“We are elated to be returning home to Pauley Pavilion and are very excited about the re-opening of our legendary facility,” UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. “I think this is going to be a very fun and successful season.”
While the field for the 12-team Legends Classic (Nov. 11-20) has not been announced, the UCLA Bruins will host the Los Angeles Regional (Nov. 13 and 15). The Bruins will host two games in the Regional round and then will advance to the Semifinals in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Nov. 19 where they will face one of the other three regional host teams (Indiana, Georgetown, Georgia). Indiana and Georgetown both made the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Bruins will also play in the 19th annual Wooden Classic on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Honda Center in Anaheim against another NCAA Tournament team in San Diego State. This will be UCLA’s 10th-consecutive Wooden Classic appearance and 16th overall (11-4 in prior contests).
Other non-conference highlights include playing against three more NCAA Tournament teams in Texas (at Houston’s Reliant Stadium on Dec. 8) and hosting Long Beach State (Dec. 18) and Missouri (Dec. 28).
The Bruins also host five other non-conference teams (Cal Poly/Nov. 25; Cal State Northridge/Nov. 28; Prairie View A&M/Dec. 15; and Fresno State/Dec. 22) before beginning Pac-12 play.
“With a total of six non-conference teams on this year’s schedule that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, I believe this is one of the most competitive schedules we have had in my tenure,” Howland said. “I’m really looking forward to this season and very excited about the level of competition.”
UCLA opens conference play on Jan. 3, 2013 with a home bout against California, followed by Stanford on Jan. 5. This year’s home conference slate also welcomes Oregon State (Jan. 17), Oregon (Jan. 19), USC (Feb. 2), Washington (Feb. 7), Washington State (Feb. 9), Arizona State (Feb. 28) and Arizona (Mar. 2). The 2013 Pac-12 Tournament, featuring all 12 teams, will be held for the first time at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (March 13-16).
In 2011-12, UCLA finished with a 19-14 overall record and in a tie for a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference (11-7). The Bruins return three starters in junior forwards David and Travis Wear and junior guard Tyler Lamb and welcome the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class, featuring Top five recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.
Season tickets for the 2012-13 UCLA Men’s Basketball campaign are still on sale. For more information or to purchase season tickets, please visit UCLABruins.com or call 310-UCLA-WIN.
The schedule is tentative and subject to change due to television.
Tentative 2012-13 UCLA Men’s Basketball Schedule
(All Dates Tentative Due To Television)
Fri, Nov. 9 Indiana State (New Pauley Pavilion Opener)
Tue., Nov. 13 Legends Classic Game 1
Thu., Nov. 15 Legends Classic Game 2
Mon., Nov. 19 Legends Classic Semifinals (@Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY – Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana)
Tue., Nov. 20 Legends Classic Finals (@Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY – Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana)
Sun., Nov. 25 Cal Poly
Wed., Nov. 28 Cal State Northridge
Sat., Dec. 1 San Diego State – Wooden Classic @Honda Center
Tue., Dec. 4 Exhibition Game TBD
Sat., Dec. 8 vs. Texas @ Houston
Sat., Dec. 15 Prairie View A&M
Tue., Dec. 18 Long Beach State
Sat., Dec. 22 Fresno State
Fri., Dec. 28 Missouri
Thu., Jan. 3 California
Sat., Jan. 5 Stanford
Thu., Jan. 10 @ Utah
Sat., Jan. 12 @ Colorado
Thu., Jan. 17 Oregon State
Sat., Jan. 19 Oregon
Thu., Jan. 24 @ Arizona
Sat., Jan. 26 @ Arizona State
Sat., Feb. 2 USC
Thu., Feb. 7 Washington
Sat., Feb. 9 Washington State
Thu., Feb. 14 @ Stanford
Sat., Feb. 16 @ California
Sat., Feb. 23 @ USC
Thu., Feb. 28 Arizona State
Sat., Mar. 2 Arizona
Thu., Mar. 7 @Washington State
Sat., Mar. 9 @ Washington
Mar. 13 – Mar. 16 Pac-12 Tournament @ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Mar. 19 – Mar. 20 NCAA First Round
Mar. 21 – Mar. 24 NCAA Second and Third Round
Mar. 28 – Mar. 31 NCAA Regional
Apr. 6 & Apr. 8 NCAA Final Four