It’s never easy to go on the road and win in college basketball. This is a top 25 breakdown of some of the toughest and most intimidating venues in NCAA basketball.
Venue: Pauley Pavilion
School Name: UCLA
Location: Los Angeles, California
It is home to one of college basketball’s all-time greatest programs. And with that said, it is obvious why UCLA fans are so passionate about their college hoops.
The UCLA Bruins men’s basketball program is the keeper of many all-time NCAA records. From the 11 National Championship banners that drape down from the rafters at Pauley Pavilion to the 18 total trips to college basketball’s Final Four (one of which, 1980, was vacated by the NCAA), winning has always been a characteristic of UCLA basketball.
From arguably the greatest coach of all-time to a number of players who have moved onto the NBA, UCLA can be seen as the center of college basketball on the West Coast.
And for that matter, Pauley Pavilion has seen it all.
Following its first two National Championships in 1964 and 1965, John Wooden decided a suitable arena was needed. And, so began the construction of Pauley Pavilion.
Featuring a student section of 1,750 students, currently located along the north side bleachers, fans and students alike combine to give the Bruins one of the louder venues in the country.
With the winning tradition that UCLA has bestowed upon college basketball and a team that has been viewed as one of the best in the nation in recent years, there is no doubting the effect Pauley Pavilion can have on visiting teams.
After three consecutive trips to the Final Four only a few seasons ago, the UCLA Bruins may not be as talented heading into this year as they have been in the past. However, with the excitement that Pac-10 basketball brings to Pauley Pavilion, big games in conference will come as usual for the Bruins.
But what might be the biggest game of the year for UCLA is a visit from the Kansas Jayhawks as part of the Pac-10/Big 12 Hardwood Series.
Ben Howland has done a tremendous job as the head coach for the UCLA Bruins in recent years, and with the passion that has filled Pauley Pavilion since the mid-1960s, Howland, his team, and Bruin fans all over are preparing for another year of exciting college basketball.