Bruin fans can begin voting now at ncaa.com/6thFan by casting votes directly. Votes can also be submitted to Facebook and Twitter through ncaa.com. Fans also can vote directly on Twitter by Tweeting or Retweeting the #6thFan and #UCLA hashtags.
To make it out of Round 1, in which all 345 Division I schools are competing, UCLA must be among the top 16 schools in the fan voting between January 7 and February 16. If UCLA makes it to the Sweet 16, it will be awarded $10,000 in general scholarship funds.
Once in the 2nd round with other Sweet 16 schools, Bruin fans can compete head-to-head with other schools in a single-elimination bracket format between February 17 and February 23. In the 3rd round, the Elite 8 schools will be matched up head-to-head from February 24 to March 2. If UCLA can survive to the 4th round, it would be among the Final Four schools to compete for fan votes from March 3 to March 9, with the top two schools competing in the 5th round between March 10 to March 16 for the 6th Fan National Championship. The winning school will be announced on Selection Sunday, March 16, and be awarded $100,000 in general scholarship funds.
The contest also includes prizes for individual fans. An iPad Air will be awarded in each of the five rounds to a randomly chosen fan who votes via NCAA.com in that round. In addition, one randomly selected participant who registers and votes on NCAA.com will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men’s Final Four in North Texas April 5-7.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the great UCLA Bruin fan base another wonderful college basketball experience through the platform that the NCAA 6th Fan Competition provides” said UCLA Associate Athletic Director Scott Mitchell.
“The NCAA recognizes the incredible value that our students and fans bring to the excitement of NCAA Basketball throughout the regular season,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball, “We know that there are thousands of loyal fans who demonstrate their passion for college basketball on a nightly basis from November through the Final Four, and this contest provides their schools an opportunity to benefit from having the most supportive fans. This contest also gives us another chance to show our fans that the madness of NCAA Basketball is not limited to March.”