The UCLA Bruins officially opened their men’s college basketball season with a plethora of issues, concerns and lofty expectations.
From 1965 through 1975, the then new Pauley Pavilion men’s basketball home record was 149 wins and 2 losses, over the ten year span. After their win over Indiana State in the debut of the newly-renovated Pauley Pavilion they're now just 1-0.
The UCLA men’s basketball team has a big plate of expectations pinned on their highly rated and controversial freshmen class. Head Coach Ben Howland wanted to smoothly blend this new group of freshmen in with returning players, hoping to find new life. The expectations from Bruin fans, the media and others have historical and lofty Final Four aspirations . . . destination a NCAA championship title. However, Shabazz Muhammad's ineligibilty has put a serious damper on the Bruins parade.
Leaving all the baggage, speculation, accusations and injuries aside, the Bruins have the physical talent to challenge any team in the nation and depth at every position.