The 1988–89 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1988–89 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Jim Harrick began his first year as head coach for the Bruins, being the 6th coach since the legendary John Wooden. The Bruins were ranked as high as 20th in the AP Poll during the season. The Bruins finished tied for third place in the Pac-10. They went on to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the second round before losing to North Carolina 88-81.