Basketball Teams, Students Enjoy Pauley Opening Madness

Nov. 2, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Several thousand students and parents gathered at New Pauley Pavilion on Friday evening for Pauley Opening Madness, an event hosted by UCLA Recreation.

The two-hour exhibition saw showcases from the men's and women's basketball teams - including a 3-point shootout, super shot competition and dunk contest. In addition, head coaches from each of the five teams who play in the arena spoke to fans, and two students groups - NSU Modern dance group and Kyodo Taiko drum group - performed in New Pauley Pavilion.

"We just wanted to come out here, have fun, and put on a show for the fans who come out and support us," sophomore guard Norman Powell said. "I didn't get to play in Pauley last season, but this definitely gave us a feel for what it's going to be like this year."

Attendees were also shown a series of welcome home videos, one from former UCLA and current NBA starting point guards Russell Westbrook and Darren Collison and another commemorating various important events that took place in the historic arena prior to its renovation.

UCLA Yell Crew and The Den taught the crowd several trademark UCLA cheers and the "8-clap" while former Bruin and current ESPN analyst Sean Farnham served as one of two emcees.

In the 3-point shootout, freshman Kari Korver of the women's team bested freshman Jordan Adams of the men's team.

"I think we should get Kari to shoot for us," men's coach Ben Howland said of Korver, who won a national 3-point shooting contest at the Final Four a season ago.

The Supershot competition and dunk competition saw the men's and women's teams work in pairs against one another.

"It's been great to see the two programs working together because that doesn't happen everywhere in the country," women's coach Cori Close said.

Teamed with a student, redshirt junior forward David Wear and junior guard Thea Lemberger won the Supershot event over a team featuring redshirt senior guard Larry Drew and Korver, while sophomore guard Norman Powell and freshman guard Nirra Fields combined to win the dunk contest, judged by a five-person panel that featured former men's standouts and NBA veterans Toby Bailey and Marques Johnson and former WNBA player and All-America selection Lisa Willis.

UCLA will host Pauley Pavilion Alumni and Community Open House from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, as part of "Welcome Back Pauley Week" presented by UCLA Health System.

All fans are welcome to visit New Pauley Pavilion on Sunday afternoon, tour the new building and have the opportunity to purchase season tickets for the 2012-13 men's and women's basketball teams, the gymnastics team and the men's volleyball team.

Tickets are still on sale for the arena's first two events - the season opener for the men's basketball team on Friday, Nov. 9, against Indiana State, and the season opener for the women's team on Saturday, Nov. 10, against San Diego State. To purchase tickets online, visit or call the UCLA Central Ticket Office (310-UCLA-WIN).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
L, 84 - 92 (OT)
Saturday, Dec 05
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
W, 82 - 68
Sunday, Dec 13
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 86 - 77
Wednesday, Dec 16
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 48
Friday, Dec 18
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
W, 109 - 76
Monday, Dec 21
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 104 - 108 (2OT)
Monday, Dec 28
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
W, 70 - 56
Wednesday, Dec 30
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 78 - 73
Saturday, Jan 02
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 80 - 69
Monday, Jan 04
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 71 - 51
Sunday, Jan 10
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 68 - 71
Friday, Jan 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 56 - 64
Sunday, Jan 17
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
W, 75 - 73
Friday, Jan 22
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
W, 75 - 56
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 56 - 36
Friday, Jan 29
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
W, 82 - 64
Sunday, Jan 31
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 69 - 63
Friday, Feb 05
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
L, 61 - 65
Sunday, Feb 07
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 73 - 39
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Feb 26 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 03 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 04 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, Mar 05 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Women's ...
Seattle, WA
Friday, Mar 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Sunday, Mar 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Mar 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Sunday, Mar 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Sunday, Apr 03 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, Apr 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Indianapolis, IN