Joe Bruin is the official mascot of UCLA and is found with Josephine Bruin, a female brown bear. He is a constant on-field presence at UCLA sporting events. Joe Bruin was created for the UCLA sports team in 1924. In 1924, students chose a more threatening name grizzly bear. In 1926 the name was changed to the "Bruins" and UC Berkeley called its mascot the Bears. UCLA used live bears as mascots, which entertained the home crowd at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; the bears were given various names. Costumed student mascots have represented Joe Bruin since the mid-1960s; the design for the costume bear changed again in 1996 from a smiling bruin to the current one. Joe Bruin has been on the final team for the Capital One Bowl National Mascot of the Year team four times: 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010; the contest began in 2002. Present Joe Bruin at Life.com Retro Joe Bruin cartoon
Bear Down Gym
Bear Down Gym known as Men's Gymnasium, is a 300-seat multi-purpose arena in Tucson, Arizona. It opened in 1926, it was home to the University of Arizona Wildcats basketball team. It was replaced when the McKale Center opened in 1973, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bear Down Gym is famous for its inclusion in the 1984 blockbuster film Revenge of the Nerds, it was the gymnasium of the fictional "Adams College" and temporary home to the Nerds after they were kicked out of their original Freshmen home. It was designed by Lyman & Place/Roy Place and was built by Clinton Campbell, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Men's Gymnasium, University of Arizona in 1990. The building has been renovated and updated to accommodate the growing needs of University of Arizona students, including housing resources for students such as the Think Tank, where students are tutored. Plans are in the works to add a three-story building over the spot holding an old swimming pool
Wilbur and Wilma
Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat are the official mascots at the University of Arizona in Arizona. In 1915, the school's first mascot, "Rufus Arizona" was brought to campus, he was a live desert bobcat, named for U of A president Rufus von KleinSmid. For the next fifty years, the school used live mascots, a practice, discontinued in the 1960s. However, in 1959, the costumed version of the live bobcat mascots, began appearing at football games, he was popular, has stayed since. In 1986, Wilma Wildcat was created, was married to Wilbur. In honor of Arizona's Old West heritage, Wilbur wore a blue flat-topped cowboy hat, a blue vest, a cardinal bandana scarf around his neck and a holster with two pistols. Wilbur and Wilma have taken to wearing the teams' athletics jerseys instead of their traditional outfits, both as a sign of team spirit and to avoid references to gun violence. However, the hat remains on Wilbur, Wilma wears a cardinal-colored bow; the mascots' full names are Wilbur the Wildcat and Wilma the Wildcat, but they are abbreviated to Wilbur T.
Wildcat and Wilma T. Wildcat. Fans refer to the mascots as Wilbur and Wilma; the identities of the students portraying Wilbur and Wilma are kept confidential until the final home basketball game of the season. UA Traditions from Arizona.edu About Wilbur & Wilma from the University's cheerleading webpage
2016–17 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team
The 2016–17 Arizona Wildcats men's basketball team represented the University of Arizona during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team was led by eighth-year head coach Sean Miller, played their home games at McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona as members in the Pac-12 Conference. Coming into the'16-'17 season Arizona has been ranked in 78-consecutive AP polls & 81-straight coaches polls; the 97-consecutive weeks in the AP poll is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Kansas at 161 weeks. They have been ranked every week in the 2016-2017 season, bringing those totals to 97 weeks for the AP & 100 weeks for the coaches poll. Arizona won its first 10 conference games, the best start since the'97-'98 season when they started 16-0, they finished the season with at record of 31–4, tied at 16–2 with Oregon in Pac-12 play for first place to win their 3rd Pac-12 regular season championship title for the 15th time. The Wildcats entered the Pac-12 Tournament as a 2-seed, the Wildcats defeated 7-seed Colorado in the quarterfinals, 3-seed UCLA in the semifinals and 1-seed Oregon in the championship game, Wildcats won their 2nd Pac-12 Tournament championship title for the 6th time since 2002.
Arizona received as an automatic bid to the 5th straight NCAA Tournament as a 2-seed in the West regional, The Arizona Wildcats defeated the 15-seed North Dakota 100–82 in the first round, 7-seed Saint Mary's 69–60 in the second round and losing to Xavier 71–73 in the Sweet Sixteen. The Wildcats finished the 2015–16 season with a record of 25–9, 12–6 in Pac-12 play to finish in a tie with California for third place; the Wildcats entered the Pac-12 Tournament as a 4 seed where they beat Colorado in the quarterfinals, but fell in the semifinals to Oregon in overtime. Arizona received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the program's 33rd overall appearance, as a No. 6 seed in the South Region. They lost in the First Round to Wichita State. Arizona's recruiting class has been ranked among the top 5 in the nation. However, due to eligibility concerns, five-star recruit Terrance Ferguson chose to play internationally and not attend Arizona. Aug 24, 2016 – Talbott Denny will miss the 2016–17 season after tearing his left ACL.
Nov 1, 2016 – Allonzo Trier suspended indefinitely for an test positive for PED. On Jan. 20, it was announced. Nov 1, 2016 – Sean Miller announced in a statement that Chance Comanche suspended indefinitely due to academic reasons. Suspension was lifted by season opener. Nov 3, 2016 – Ray Smith tore his ACL in his right knee in the team's first exhibition game on November 1. Two days Smith announced on Twitter that he will end his basketball career. Nov 30, 2016 – Parker Jackson-Cartwright suffered a high ankle sprain during game against Texas Southern. Made return for conference opener on December 30. Before Jan. 20after Jan. 20 In Arizona's non-conference schedule the team hosted Cal State Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, New Mexico, Texas Southern, UC Irvine, Northern Colorado and Sacred Heart. Arizona had one true road game against Missouri; the Wildcats played five games in four neutral sites. They played Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor–Hickam in Honolulu, Gonzaga in the first HoopHall LA event at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Texas A&M at the Toyota Center in Houston and played at Orleans Arena as part in the Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, where they face off against three of the following: Butler, Santa Clara or Vanderbilt.
In the unbalanced 18-game Pac-12 schedule, the team will face neither the Rocky Mountain teams on the road, nor the Oregon teams at home. Arizona's pre-season Red-Blue scrimmage took place on October 2016 at McKale Center; the Red team beat the Blue, 53–49. *AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings Allonzo Trier Jerry West Award Watchlist Lauri Markkanen Karl Malone Award Watchlist Naismith Award Watchlist Wooden Award Watchlist Lauri Markkanen Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Wayman Tisdale Award & Oscar Robertson Award Midseason watch list Karl Malone Award Finalist Naismith Trophy Top 30 Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 Sean Miller 2017 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year semifinalist Pac-12 Coach of the Year Coach of the Year AP Pac-12 Coach of the Year NABC District 20 Coach of the Year Lauri Markkanen 2017 Wooden Award Top 15 Finalist Allonzo Trier Pac-12 Tournament MOP Lauri Markkanen 2x Pac-12 Player of the Week Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week Naismith Trophy National Player of the Week Wayman Tisdale National Freshman Player of the Week Lauri Markkanen All-Pac-12 Freshman team All-Pac-12 first team All-Pac-12 tournament team AP All-Pac-12 first team Rawle Alkins All-Pac-12 freshman team Kadeem Allen All-Pac-12 defensive team All-Pac-12 second team Allonzo Trier All-Pac-12 second team Lauri Markkanen 2017 All-American 3rd team District IX All-District team NABC All-District First Team 2016–17 Arizona Wildcats women's basketball team
Edwin W. Pauley Pavilion known as Pauley Pavilion, is an indoor arena located in the Westwood Village district of Los Angeles, California, on the campus of UCLA, it is home to women's basketball teams. The men's and women's volleyball and women's gymnastics teams compete here; the building, designed by architect Welton Becket, was dedicated in June 1965, named for University of California Regent Edwin W. Pauley, who had matched the alumni contributions. Pauley donated one fifth of the more than $5 million spent in constructing the arena; the arena was renovated in 2010-12 and was reopened on November 9, 2012 when it hosted a men's basketball game against Indiana State. Pauley Pavilion contains 11,307 permanent theater-style upholstered seats, plus retractable seats for 2,492 spectators, making a total basketball capacity of 13,800; the capacity prior to the renovation had been exceeded several times for several men's basketball games by adding portable seating alongside the retractable seats.
The Bruins reopened the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion on November 9, 2012 in front of a record crowd of 13,513. A new record was set when 13,727 fans watched the Bruins defeat the Arizona Wildcats 74–69 on March 2, 2013; when the floor seats are retracted, there is space for three full-sized basketball courts. These courts are used for team practice, intramural games, pickup basketball games, it can serve as a convention hall or large dining area when in this configuration. When used for men's volleyball, the basketball court is striped with colored tape; the volleyball net is erected at the half court line. The women's team uses blue and yellow Sport Court lined up perpendicularly to the basketball court tucked up to the east end of the court. There is a tunnel on the south side; this is the "backstage" entrance for players and broadcast personnel. The floor is called "Nell and John Wooden Court" in honor of former UCLA Men's Basketball Coach John Wooden and his wife Nell. From the opening of the building until 1987, the extra press not involved in the radio or television broadcasts sat behind the south side press table.
The working press moved to sit courtside at "press row" on the northern side of the court, as the south courtside seats were opened up to influential and affluent boosters. In 2003, the UCLA Athletic Department made available north side courtside seats to affluent donors; the media now sit higher up in permanent seating dead-center in the north side of the bleachers. The press move to the north side in 1987 was as controversial as the 2003 move, in that the student section was now behind the press table and big donors had taken the south side courtside seats; the student section has moved several times as well. Since 2003, the student section of 1,750 seats occupies the north side bleachers; the UCLA Varsity Band has moved to accommodate seating changes. They were located on the north courtside directly across from the UCLA bench. In 1984, they moved to the northeast corner courtside. In 1990 they moved to the north courtside directly across from the visitors bench. In 1996 they moved to the north side above the student section.
In 2003, they moved to the west side of the arena to be courtside. Before the construction of the Pavilion, the on-campus home to the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team was the 2,400-seat Men's Gym known as the Student Activities Center, but disparagingly known as the "B. O. barn." After John Wooden led the Bruins to the national championship in 1964, fans and Wooden felt that a more suitable arena needed to be constructed. However, it had been obvious before that the Bruins needed a new arena. Games that were expected to attract larger crowds were played at Pan Pacific Auditorium, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and other venues around Los Angeles. Pauley Pavilion was constructed so that there would be some space between the crowds and the action on the court. Wooden cited the example of the close quarters of Cal's Harmon Gym where fans would "pull leg hairs from his players' legs". Kareem Abdul-Jabbar known as Lew Alcindor, was recruited to UCLA on the promise of playing in the new arena.
H. R. Haldeman headed the campaign to build a state-of-the-art sports arena. A million dollars was raised, matched by a donation from Edwin W. Pauley, a member of the Board of Regents of the University of California; the building was dedicated to Regent Edwin W. Pauley, at the June 1965 commencement ceremony by UCLA Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy; the facility opened for the 1965–1966 college basketball season. The first game played in Pauley Pavilion was on November 27, 1965, it featured the freshmen team, led by Lew Alcindor, against the UCLA varsity squad, the two-time defending champions and pre-season No. 1 team. The freshmen, led by Alcindor's 31 points and 21 rebounds, defeated the varsity team 75-60, a surprise considering the varsity squad had been chosen to finish number one in the nation in the preseason. Ohio State was the first visiting team in the regular season; the varsity Bruins defeated the Buckeyes in the inaugural game 92-66. Pauley Pavilion hosted its first NCAA Regional Finals in the 1969 post-season.
The Bruins advanced from there to win the 1969 Championship. John Wooden coached what would be his final game as varsity head coach in Pauley Pavilion March 1, 1975 in a 93-59 victory over Stanford. Four weeks he would announce his retirement following the NCA
Michael John Montgomery is a retired American basketball coach. He is best known for his 18-year tenure at Stanford, where he led the program to 12 NCAA Tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 1998. Montgomery served as head coach at the Montana. Following his time at Stanford, he coached the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association for two seasons before ending his career at the University of California, he announced his retirement from coaching following the 2013–14 season. Over his 32-year collegiate coaching career, Montgomery made 16 NCAA Tournaments, captured 6 conference championships, amassed nearly 700 victories, he led Stanford to the NIT championship in 1991. Born and raised in Long Beach, Montgomery graduated from its Millikan High School and attended Long Beach State, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Long Beach State and a Master's degree in physical education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Montgomery is an alumni member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which he joined while at Long Beach State.
Montgomery compiled a 677–317 overall record in over 30 years at Berkeley and Montana. He boasts 31 winning seasons in his 32 years as a head coach at Berkeley and Montana. Montgomery's Stanford teams reached the NCAA tournament ten straight times from 1995 to 2004. Stanford reached the Final Four under Montgomery in 1998, the school's first Final Four appearance in 56 years, he made his third appearance along the USA Basketball sidelines in 2002 when he was named an assistant under George Karl for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. Prior to being named head coach at Montana in 1978, he was an assistant for the Griz in Missoula for two seasons under new head coach Jim Brandenburg, who succeeded hall of famer Jud Heathcote in 1976. Brandenburg left after two season for Wyoming in 1978 and Montgomery was promoted. At Montana, Montgomery coached future NBA players Larry Krystkowiak. Prior to Montana, Montgomery was an assistant for three years at Boise State under Bus Connor, had been an assistant for a season each at four different schools.
In 2000, Montgomery was named the Basketball Times Coach of the Year. He was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times. Following his career at Stanford, he was awarded the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Lifetime Achievement Award. Montgomery left Stanford to become the head coach of the Golden State Warriors on May 21, 2004, he coached the Warriors for two seasons, during each of which the team compiled identical 34-48 records. Montgomery was terminated as Warriors coach on August 29, 2006. On August 30, 2007, Stanford University announced that Montgomery was returning to the university as Assistant to the Athletic Director on a part-time basis. According to the announcement, "his duties will include fund raising and public relations while serving as a mentor to Stanford's coaching staff."On April 4, 2008, Montgomery was named the head coach of the California men's basketball program. In his first season the Golden Bears went 22–10 and made it to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round to Maryland.
On February 27, 2010, Cal defeated Arizona State, 62–46, to clinch at least a tie for the Pacific-10 Conference championship, the first for the school since 1960. On March 6, the Bears defeated Montgomery's former team, Stanford, 71–61, to clinch an undisputed conference championship. Cal was defeated by Washington in the finals of the Pac-10 Tournament, but received a bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they were seeded 8th in the South Region; the Bears advanced to the second round. On March 31, 2014, Montgomery announced his retirement from California. In October 2011, Montgomery revealed that he had been diagnosed and treated for bladder cancer. After a surgical procedure was performed, Montgomery declared himself "cancer-free. On February 18, 2013, Coach Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 Conference for shoving one of his players in the chest during a game against USC; the conference did not announce what punishment Montgomery received for his actions, although he was not suspended. Commissioner Larry Scott commented, "While emotions can run high in competitive environments, Pac-12 coaches are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit on the institution and the conference."Montgomery and his wife Sara have two adult children.
List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach NBA profile Sports-Reference – Mike Montgomery – college Basketball-Reference – Mike Montgomery – NBA
The Honda Center is an indoor arena located in Anaheim, California. The arena is home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Named the Anaheim Arena during construction, it was completed in 1993 at a cost of US$123 million. Arrowhead Water paid $15 million for the naming rights over 10 years in October 1993. In the short period of time between the enfranchisement of the Mighty Ducks and the naming rights deal with Arrowhead, Disney referred to the Arena as the Pond of Anaheim. In October 2006, Honda paid $60 million for the naming rights for over 15 years; the arena opened on June 1993, with a Barry Manilow concert as its first event. Since it has been host to a number of events, such as the 2003 and 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. On June 6, 2007, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6–2, in game five of the Final at Honda Center to clinch the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. Honda Center has hosted several UFC events, starting with UFC 59 in 2006, it hosted the 2005 IBF World Championships for badminton in 2005.
From 1994 to 1998, it served as a second home for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. It was the home arena for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of Roller Hockey International from 1994 to 1999 and for the Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League from 1996 to 1997; this arena has hosted a PBR Bud Light Cup event annually since 1998. Since 1994, the arena has hosted the annual Wooden Legacy basketball tournament. In 2011, the arena began hosting Women's Basketball tournaments; the arena has hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament seven times, as the West Regional site – 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2019. It hosted the Frozen Four, the semifinals and final of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, in 1999, underscoring the popularity of hockey in the region. On December 6, 2000, music legend Tina Turner played her last concert at the arena for the record breaking Twenty Four Seven Tour, but after popular demand, Turner returned to the arena before a sellout crowd on October 14, 2008, for her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.
The Honda Center lies northeast across California State Route 57 from Angel Stadium and 3 miles from Disneyland Park. It is across the street from Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center with service by Amtrak, Anaheim Resort Transit, Orange County Transportation Authority and private transportation companies; the arena seats up 17,174 for the Ducks. It takes only five hours to convert Honda Center from a sporting arena to an 8,400-seat amphitheater. There are 84 luxury suites in the building, which has hosted 17.5 million people, as of 2003. In 2005, the arena became the first in the U. S. to have two full levels of 360° ribbon displays installed. Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, designed and installed the 1,800 feet of full-color LED technology. Outside the venue, the marquee was upgraded with two large video displays measuring 8 feet high by 21 feet, a new marquee was built with more LED video displays. Broadcom chairman Henry Samueli owns the company that operates the arena, Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the arena's primary tenant, the Ducks, giving him great flexibility in scheduling events and recruiting new tenants.
Samueli hopes to bring an NBA team to the arena. In 2015, Samueli purchased the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and, with the AHL incarnation of the Admirals relocating to San Diego to become the reactivated San Diego Gulls, it is anticipated that Samueli through Anaheim Arena Management will purchase Valley View Casino Center in that city in time for the 2015–16 AHL season. During the 2014–2015 NHL Season, it was announced that Honda Center would get a new scoreboard that will replace the one, in place since its opening in 1993; the new scoreboard made its debut in a Ducks Preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings. Games 3, 4, 6 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals Games 1, 2, 5 of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals Affliction: Banned was held in the Honda Center. UFC 59, UFC 63, UFC 76, UFC 121, UFC on Fox 1, UFC 157 and UFC 214 were held in the Honda Center; the arena has hosted a number of WWE events including WrestleMania XII, Royal Rumble 1999, WrestleMania 2000, as well as various episodes of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown.
Honda Center has the second highest gross ticket sales from special events on the West Coast, following only Staples Center. These events have included the following over the years: Barbra Streisand recorded the final date here from her first tour in 30 years Barbra Streisand in Concert in June 1994. Smashing Pumpkins performed on December 9th and December 10th in 1996 as part of their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness tour. Rock band No Doubt, natives of Anaheim, recorded their two 1997 concert stops at Honda Center, releasing them as their first concert video, Live in the Tragic Kingdom. Janet Jackson performed for the first time at the arena during her The Velvet Rope Tour on August 23, 1998, she returned for her All for You Tour on September 29, 2001. On September 23, 2017, she performed again as part of her State of the World Tour. TLC performed at the arena on January 2000 during their FanMail Tour; the tour would be their last as a trio. Band member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was killed in a car accident in April 2002.
Britney Spears performed on 20 November 2001 during her Dream Within a Dream Tour. She returned in April 19 and 20, 2009 for her The Circus Starring Britney Spears and on June 24, 2011 with her Femme Fatale Tour. KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball – December 19, 2002, December 3, 200