Sept. 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Bruin Fans are being presented with an opportunity to vote for their top 20 Pauley Pavilion Greatest Moments, in celebration of 45 years in Pauley Pavilion. Your votes (see link to on-line form below) will determine the 20 Greatest Moments to be honored at men's basketball home games this season.
Up for consideration is 45 dates in which Pauley Pavilion played host to a significant event. In chronological order, they are:
June 1965: Pauley Pavilion was dedicated at Commencement in 1965. LA Times described it as "an arena designed to serve the academic and athletic needs of the Los Angeles campus."
November 1965: The Bruin freshmen, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucius Allen and Lynn Shackelford beat the two-time defending NCAA Champion Varsity squad in the first-ever contest in Pauley Pavilion.
December 3, 1966: USC tried to say that Lew Alcindor was over-rated before they met for the first time in Alcindor's first game as a varsity player. By the end of the night, Alcindor broke UCLA's school scoring record of 39 points by Willie Naulls by scoring a record 56 points as UCLA won the opener of the Alcindor era, 105-90.
February 25, 1967: Lew Alcindor shatters all scoring records by tallying 61 of 100 team points as UCLA beats Washington State, 100-78.
December 12, 1969: UCLA sets a school record by scoring 133 points and the Bruins defeat Pete Maravich and LSU, 133-84.
April 25, 1970: Al Scates and UCLA men's volleyball won the first NCAA title ever played in the sport, crushing Long Beach State, 3-0.
March 13, 1971: UCLA defeats USC, 73-62, to clinch Pac-8 title. USC had just one loss (to UCLA) and a Trojan win would have caused a tie for the championship and a playoff. UCLA led 40-21 at halftime and 52-28 in the second half.
January 26, 1974: After having the 88 game winning streak broken the previous week at Notre Dame, UCLA beat #1 Notre Dame 94-75 with Marques Johnson becoming first freshman of the modern era to start a game for John Wooden.
March 1, 1975: UCLA defeats Stanford, 93-59 in what later becomes John Wooden's final home game as UCLA's head coach.
May 10, 1975: In perhaps the biggest upset still today in college volleyball history, the 8-time beaten Bruins upset #1 ranked and unbeaten UC Santa Barbara in 4 games as MVP John Bekins led UCLA.
October 14, 1975: Pauley Pavilion hosts the 65th birthday and retirement party for Legendary Coach John Wooden.
March 25, 1978: UCLA put women's basketball on the map nationally by beating Maryland, 90-74 before an all-time record championship game crowd of 9,351. Ann Meyers led Billie Moore's team to the title that also featured UCLA Hall of Famers Denise Curry and Anita Ortega. It was also the first game ever played on national television as shown the next day on NBC's Sports World.
May 5, 1979: UCLA became the first NCAA men's volleyball school to ever finish a season unbeaten by beating USC in 4 games in the finals with Sinjin Smith named MVP.
April 14, 1984: UCLA led by future gold medalists Mitch Gaylord and Tim Daggett, coach Art Shurlock's team wins its first NCAA title.
May 5, 1984: The Bruins became the first school to ever win 4 straight titles and completed their 3rd unbeaten season in 6 years with an amazing 38-0 record in defeating Pepperdine in 4 games. Ricci Luyties, Doug Partie and Roger Clark made UCLA history as the first student-athletes to win 4 NCAA titles.
Summer 1984: UCLA is the Olympic venue for men's and women's gymnastics and women's artistic gymnastics events. Competitors warmed up in the Wooden Center and then used the specially constructed bridge/tunnel to enter Pauley Pavilion. Mary Lou Retton became the first Olympic gymnast outside of Eastern Europe ever to have won the Olympic all-around title. Former UCLA gymnast Tim Daggett scores a perfect 10 on high bar to give the USA the Olympic Team Gold Medal. Daggett, Mitch Gaylord and Peter Vidmar were three key USA gold medalists.
December 16, 1984: UCLA pulls off the greatest comeback in women's volleyball history, rallying from 11-2, 12-4 and 13-7 behind in the deciding 5th game to upset Stanford and claim its first NCAA title led by the great Liz Masakayan. It was Andy Banachowski's 4th title overall, and first NCAA crown.
February 6, 1985: Jackie Joyner provided the defense on USC's Cheryl Miller as UCLA upset the defending NCAA Champions, 77-73 for UCLA's first win in NCAA play over USC.
February 28, 1987: Walt Hazzard's Bruins defeat UCLA great Denny Crum's Louisville Cardinals, 99-86 in a non-conference game. Senior Reggie Miller scores 42 points, tied for No. 6 in school single-game history.
March 8, 1987: Reggie Miller led UCLA to the augural Pac-10 post-season tournament title as the Bruins beat Washington in the finals, 76-64 to avenge an earlier Pac-10 regular season home loss to the Huskies.
April 25, 1987: UCLA as an underdog surprises the field at home and wins its second NCAA men's gymnastics title under Art Shurlock.
October 13, 1988: Presidential candidates George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis debate before a studio audience, with about 40 UCLA students serving as ushers.
February 3, 1990: Jim Harrick's No. 16 UCLA squad defeats DePaul 87-77 in a non-league contest. For the first time in school history, the Bruins retire four jersey numbers of the school's only three-time consensus All-Americans - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/No. 33), Bill Walton (No. 32), Ann Meyers Drysdale (No. 15), Denise Curry (No. 12).
December 21, 1991: In the first 5th game rally scoring in NCAA volleyball history, UCLA comes from down two sets to none and beats Long Beach State, 15-13 for its third NCAA title with match point coming from a Natalie Williams spike.
March 12, 1992: Jim Harrick's No. 8 Bruins, defeat No. 2 Arizona 89-81 in a Pac-10 contest, clinching a share of the conference title (which UCLA would eventually win outright). Senior Don MacLean scored 28 points in the victory and would go on to total 2,608 career points, finishing as the leading scorer in UCLA and Pac-10 history. That season, UCLA swept Lute Olson's Wildcats (for the first time since 1987), also winning 89-87 in Tucson.
May 8, 1993: UCLA hadn't won a title the past three years, but came up with the best hitting performance in NCAA history under MVP Mike Sealy (new UCLA women's volleyball coach) as the Bruins swept Cal State Northridge.
May 20, 1994: UCLA 75th Anniversary Convocation w/President Bill Clinton.
February 26, 1995: Jim Harrick's No. 2 Bruins beat Duke 100-77 in a non-conference contest, snapping UCLA's three-game early 1990s losing streak to the Blue Devils. Senior forward Ed O'Bannon scored a career-high 37 points. Just over a month later, O'Bannon would help lead the Bruins to their record-setting 11th NCAA Championship and he would be named the John R. Wooden National College Player of the Year.
March 11, 1995: The final home game in the careers of Ed O'Bannon, Tyus Edney and George Zidek results in a 94-78 victory. As O'Bannon departs the game for the final time, he stops at the center circle and kisses the floor.
February 1, 1996: Jim Harrick's No. 19 UCLA beats Oregon 85-78 in a Pac-10 game. The Bruins for only the second time in school history retire four jersey numbers, all National Players of the Year - Ed O'Bannon (No. 31), Sidney Wicks (No. 35), Walt Hazzard (No. 42) and Marques Johnson (No. 54).
May 4, 1996: UCLA became the last team in NCAA men's volleyball play to win back-to-back titles by upsetting #1 seed Hawaii in the finals in 5 games (15-13 in the 5th). The Bruins were led by future Hall of Famer Stein Metzger.
February 23, 1997: In Steve Lavin's first year as head coach, the No. 17 Bruins defeated No. 6 Duke 73-69, before a Pauley Pavilion record crowd of 13,478. UCLA was led by junior J. R. Henderson's game-high 18 points.
June 1997: UCLA Extension brings the Dalai Lama to campus for a three day course. During his visit he speaks to students at Pauley Pavilion.
May 21, 1998: Bob Dylan - Joni Mitchell - Van Morrison concert.
March 15, 1999: UCLA advanced the NCAA 'Sweet 16' for the first time since 1992 in women's basketball by beating Kentucky, with Maylana Martin leading the way, in the second round of the Tournament.
March 18, 2001: UCLA gymnast Mohini Bhardwaj scored perfect 10s on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise, plus a 9.975 on vault to help UCLA defeat Georgia, 197.475-197.375. Bhardwaj needed to score 9.925 or better on her final routine to give UCLA the win, and she hit her routine to perfection for her third consecutive 10 of the day. Her all-around total of 39.975 still ranks as the second-highest in NCAA history.
January 12, 2002: Steve Lavin's No. 11 Bruins, beat No. 1 Kansas 87-77 in a non-conference contest, snapping KU's 12-game winning streak. Matt Barnes had 27 points and five rebounds for the Bruins.
December 20, 2003: The dedication of Nell and John Wooden Court with over 100 former players, coaches and managers returning for special ceremonies and UCLA upsetting Michigan State in Ben Howland's first season as head coach.
April 16, 2004: The Bruins take their 5th NCAA women's gymnastics title and the 4th in 5 years in winning at Pauley Pavilion for the first time with a record breaking team performance.
December 18, 2004: In Ben Howland's second season in Westwood, the Bruins defeat Big 10 Michigan 81-79 in a non-conference game. Thirty-nine years earlier, the Bruins defeated Michigan 91-80 in the 1965 NCAA Final, earning John Wooden's UCLA program its second consecutive NCAA Championship. In that game, the Bruins were led by senior guard Gail Goodrich's then NCAA title game record of 42 points. And for only the third time in school history, on December 18, 2004, Goodrich, a 1996 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, had his Bruin jersey number (No. 25) retired.
November 12, 2005: Andy Banachowski became the first Division I women's volleyball head coach to reach 1,000 career victories when the Bruins handed eventual national champion Washington its only loss of the season in a five-game thriller at Pauley Pavilion.
June 15, 2007: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at Commencement.
February 3, 2008: Barack Obama's presidential campaign held a rally at Pauley Pavilion before California's presidential primary election. The event featured speeches by Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Caroline Kennedy, Stevie Wonder and California First Lady Maria Shriver.
May 11, 2010: Signaling the start of the transformation of one of the nation's most famous athletic and student-use facilities, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero led the groundbreaking celebration for the renovation of Pauley Pavilion.
June 26, 2010: Public memorial service celebrating the life of John R. Wooden.
To cast your 20 votes, simply choose the corresponding date of each moment in your numerical order. The form must be filled out completely to be eligible for entry. To access the form, click here