The NCAA tournament’s round of 64 officially starts today, so hopefully you all filled out your brackets for a chance at Warren Buffett’s $1 billion. UCLA doesn’t tip off until Friday at around 7 p.m., but in the meantime, here’s a roundup of some of the coverage so far in this week’s Daily News:
UCLA’s Steve Alford was among the several Southern California head coaches who attended the John R. Wooden Award Tipoff lunch Wednesday, and previewed the Bruins to members of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. He was not available for questions afterward, but made a few comments about the team.
Some quick notes from the day:
– Alford said center Tony Parker had a great summer, and also grouped Kyle Anderson with Jordan Adams and Norman Powell as “big, physical guards.” The coach didn’t go into the rotation in detail, but UCLA’s lack of depth in the frontcourt likely necessitates Anderson playing more point forward than guard. Continue reading →
The basketball tournament that bears John Wooden’s name won’t feature UCLA again until 2016.
The Bruins played in the Wooden Classic in 16 of 19 times, including the last 10 straight years. Starting in 2013, that event will combine with the Anaheim Classic to form The Wooden Legacy — an eight-team, three-day, 12-game bracketed tournament.
Since the event is now classified as an exempt tournament, NCAA rules dictate that UCLA can only participate once very four years. Schools from the same conference also cannot compete in the same event together.
“The Wooden Legacy will remain loyal to the initial concept of the event, while also allowing it to grow in stature to include more universities,” said Nan and Jim Wooden, John’s children, in a statement. “UCLA has been a wonderful partner with our family throughout the history of the Wooden Classic and we are grateful that an expanded event carrying our father’s name will continue.” Continue reading →
Here’s a throwback to 2001, when John Wooden gave a TED Talk on coining his definition of success: “Peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.”
Former All-American and two-time NCAA champion Jamaal Wilkes will have his No. 52 jersey retired at halftime of UCLA’s Thursday game against Oregon State. Wilkes, who won four NBA titles, also had the same number retired by the Lakers last month.
Wilkes was part of the Bruins’ 88-game winning streak from January 1971 to January 1974, and his jersey will be the first raised to the rafters since Gail Goodrich’s was retired in 2004.
Reggie Miller’s No. 31 will be retired on Jan. 30, and Don Barksdale’s No. 11 on Feb. 7. Their additions will bring the total number of retired jerseys at Pauley Pavilion to 10.
Belated, but here’s a look at the unveiling of the Wooden statue if you didn’t make it out Friday afternoon. Skip to the 4:00 mark if you want to skip Dan Guerrero’s comments and get right to the curtain pull.