1979–80 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1979–80 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
NCAA Final, L, Louisville 54-59
Conference Pacific-10
1979–80 record 22–10 (12–6, 4th Pac-10)
Head coach Larry Brown
Assistant coach Larry Farmer
Assistant coach Keith Glass
Assistant coach Kevin O’ Connor
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
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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.[1]

Starting lineup[edit]

Position Player Class
F Kiki Vandeweghe Sr.
F James Wilkes Sr.
C Mike Sanders So.
G Michael Holton Fr.
G Rod Foster Fr.


  • 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).


  1. ^ 2012-13 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide