Possibly the biggest college basketball rivalry on the West Coast is Arizona-UCLA and Arizona Wildcats vs UCLA Bruins tickets grant access to one of the best college basketball rivalries in the country. The Bruins-Wildcats series started way back in 1923, and the two teams have played over 168 times in their history. The Bruins dominated the rivalry with the Wildcats until the mid 1980’s when legendary Arizona coach Lute Olson transformed the Wildcats into one of the top programs in the country.
Since the 1980’s, the UCLA vs Arizona series has been as hotly contested as any matchup in the country over that period. Both UCLA, and Arizona have gone to multiple final four’s during that period and both the Bruins and Wildcats have brought National Championships back to their campus. There are few rivalries in the country that have two teams with national championship aspirations every year, and Arizona-UCLA is typically the game of the year in the PAC-12.
UCLA and Arizona play each season, as members of the PAC-12 South Division, and are constantly vying for control in one of the top basketball divisions in all of college basketball. UCLA-Arizona tickets sell quickly for both games at Pauley Pavilion, and the McKale Center. In years when both Arizona and UCLA are in the PAC-12 title hunt, tickets to the Bruins-Wildcats game can be the highest demand tickets that season in the PAC-12.
Friday, March 13, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas, NV) Wildcats 70, Bruins 64 The Bruins and Wildcats met in the PAC-12 tournament, in what would turn out to be one of the best games of the entire tournament. The Bruins and Wildcats ended the first half tied at 27, with both defenses playing great basketball during the first half. But Arizona’s Brandon Ashley took over the 2nd half of the game, scoring a game high 24 points, and pulling in 7 rebounds to lead Arizona to a hard fought 70-64 victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at McKale Center (Tuscon, AZ) Wildcats 57, Bruins 47With their top ten ranking on the line, the Arizona Wildcats welcomed longtime rival UCLA to McKale Center in what would be a pivotal game in the PAC-12 South. The Wildcats came out playing some of their best defense of the season, holding the Bruins to only 18 first half points. While Arizona looked ugly on the offensive side of the ball, they were able to make big shots when the counted, riding Gabe York and Dusan Ristic’s combined 25 points, to finally put the Bruins away 57-47.