Greatest College Programs - UCLA Bruins
March 27, 2009 AT 10:00 AM
Greatest NCAA College Basketball Programs of All Time: UCLA Bruins Since 1965 Pauley Pavillion has been home to the legendary UCLA Bruins men’s basketball program. With 11 NCAA Championships, UCLA is the most successful program in the history of NCAA basketball, with Kentucky trailing them with 7 championships. During John Wooden’s time as the head coach of the Bruins, the school enjoyed an amazing 10 national titles, including 7 in a row from 1967 to 1973. No basketball program, let alone coach has won close to as many championships as Wooden. However, it was more than national championships that piled up for Wooden and UCLA during that era, the records did as well. After the completion of the 2007 NCAA tournament, UCLA still held onto many of them. From 1971 to 1974, the Bruins went undefeated for 88 straight regular season games. From 1967 to 1976, the Bruins made it to 10 consecutive Final Fours, and during their legacy years, UCLA torched the competition for an incredible 38 game winning streak in NCAA Tournament play. During the glory years, Wooden was privileged to have future hall of famers Kareem Abdul Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), and Bill Walton lead his team on the court. Despite the improbable streak of success in the 60s and early 70s, the Bruins would have to wait 20 years to earn another NCAA Championship after the departure of John Wooden in 1975. In 1995, with Jim Harrick as head coach, UCLA would defeat the University of Arkansas and take home their 11th NCAA title. In recent years under Ben Howland, UCLA has returned to their dominant ways, however as of 2007 they have not been able to add a 12th NCAA title to their school’s list of accomplishments.