Pauley Pavilion is re-opening this Friday as UCLA basketball is set to being the most anticipated season in the past half-decade.
The oft-maligned UCLA athletic department — deserved or not, although it’s hard to mount any evidence against its opposition — has run promotional videos at the Rose Bowl during football games, but those are oriented towards UCLA women’s basketball, which has receives a lot less national attention than the men’s team.
Of course, UCLA fans have now taken this into their own hands and now have a video tribute of UCLA basketball this season. Here it is (h/t: UCLA sub-reddit)
This was well-done and takes a look at all the most historically significant moments of UCLA hoops, ranging from the earliest memories of Pauley Pavilion (including a shot of the empty space that it would occupy a few years later) to the recent unveiling of the John Wooden Statue.
There’s quite a few shots in there and it’s bound to get you excited for a season that could bring the Bruins’ hoops program back to national prominence.
This season will be an interesting one for UCLA, no matter what happens. There’s lofty expectations ascribed to UCLA hoops and considering this is a do-or-die season for Ben Howland, the implications this season could have are sweeping.
So enjoy the video and get hyped, because UCLA basketball is going to take you for a hell of a ride in 2012-13.
For better or for worse.