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 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 77
Sunday, Dec 06
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 76
Saturday, Dec 12
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
W, 71 - 66
Tuesday, Dec 15
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
W, 89 - 80
Saturday, Dec 19
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
L, 76 - 89
Tuesday, Dec 22
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 67 - 53
Friday, Jan 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 93 - 96 (2OT)
Sunday, Jan 03
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
L, 78 - 85
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
W, 87 - 84
Saturday, Jan 09
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 74
Wednesday, Jan 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 75 - 89
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
W, 82 - 73
Saturday, Jan 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
L, 72 - 86
Thursday, Jan 28
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
L, 84 - 86
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 83 - 50
Thursday, Feb 04
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 61 - 80
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 1:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 09 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, Mar 10 - All Day PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Friday, Mar 11 - 8:30 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Saturday, Mar 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. 2016 Pac-12 Men's ...
Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, Mar 15 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Four
Dayton, OH
Thursday, Mar 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Mar 19 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Thursday, Mar 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Mar 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX
Monday, Apr 04 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Houston, TX