The 1979–80 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1979–80 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Larry Brown began his first year as head coach. The Bruins started the season ranked 8th in the nation (AP Poll). The Bruins started the season 3-0 and climbed to 7th after starting 3-0. UCLA's team finished 4th in the Pac-10 regular season, failing to finish atop the conference for the first time since 1965-66. UCLA participated the NCAA Tournament going 5-0 before losing to the Louisville Cardinals in the championship game.
- Adding in the NCAA Tournament opponents, UCLA played eleven teams ranked in the AP Top-20 (at the time). This was over one-third of all opponents (11 of 32).
- UCLA beat #1 Depaul in the NCAA Tournament. This was the second consecutive year that UCLA had beaten a #1 team (either during the season or in the tournament).
- ^ 2012-13 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide