All-time UCLA Bruins March Madness starting lineup

The 11-time national champion UCLA Bruins have had some of the greatest college basketball players in history pass through Pauley Pavilion. But what is the best March Madness starting lineup we can make, taking into account only their performance in the NCAA Tournament.

UCLA Bruins center Lew Alcindor (33)
UCLA Bruins center Lew Alcindor (33) / Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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1968-71. Sidney Wicks. player. . . . Sidney Wicks. SG. 518. Sidney Wicks

To put the 6-foot-8 225-pound three-time national champion at shooting guard is a bit misleading, he was a true forward and became a four-time All-Star in the NBA as a power forward, but UCLA is built on giants, so why not build a giant lineup?

In Wick’s first year on the team, he averaged 7.5 points for the season and came off the bench for the four-game tournament run, scoring 14 total points. Then, in the 1969-70 season, Lew Alcindor, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left for a two-decade-long NBA career and Wicks became the dominant force for the Bruins. He led the team in scoring for the season and in the tournament averaged 21.3 points and and 13.3 rebounds on his way to being named the Most Outstanding Player. 

Wicks led UCLA back to another title and a 29-1 overall record in the 1970-71 season before being the second overall pick in the NBA. He finished his time at UCLA as a three-time champ, two-time consensus All-American, two-time NCAA All-Tournament, two-time NCAA All-Region, and one-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He never lost an NCAA Tournament game.