Nov. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The defending national champion Bruins open up their title defense on Friday at the New Pauley Pavilion when they host LIU Brooklyn at 8 p.m. San Diego and Michigan State also head to Westwood and will square off at 5:30 p.m. Friday's winners will play in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $18 (adults) and $12 (students/youths) for all-session and $10 and $8 for single-session. Fans can purchase tickets at the Pauley Pavilion box office the day of the match or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN.
UCLA earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, finishing the regular season with a record of 22-7 and tying for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference (14-6). The Bruins defeated cross-town rival USC in four sets on Friday to close the regular season.
LIU Brooklyn earned an automatic bid into the field of 64 by winning the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship. The Blackbirds have won 19 straight matches and finished the regular season with a record of 25-7 and a 16-0 mark in NEC play.
The Bruins have played LIU Brooklyn just once, sweeping them on Sept. 16, 2006 in College Park, Md.
Michigan State went 23-9 and tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings with an 11-9 record. The Spartans come into the NCAA Tournament on a two-match losing streak after falling to Penn State and Michigan last week.
The Bruins are 3-0 all-time against the Spartans, with the last matchup coming at Pauley Pavilion in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 3, 2000. UCLA came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Michigan State in five sets.
San Diego enters the tournament with a 21-6 overall record, having defeated BYU on Nov. 17 to share the West Coast Conference title with the Cougars (13-3). The Toreros have won four of their last five.
The Bruins are 7-0 all-time against the Toreros. The two teams are no strangers to each other, as they met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year at the John Wooden Center, with UCLA winning in four. Three of the seven meetings have been in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA sweeping San Diego in 2003 (first round) and 2005 (second round).