2007–08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team
The 2007–08 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team
was a college sports team representing the University of California, Los Angeles
in the Pacific-10 Conference
for the 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
. In his fifth year as head coach, Ben Howland
led the team to its third straight Final Four appearance. The Bruins also set a new record number of wins for the regular season, eclipsing the 26 wins of 2006–07
. Though the team is composed of many standout players, freshman center Kevin Love
garnered much of the media's and school's attention with his .565 shooting percentage, 10.7 rebounds per game, 5.3 blocks, and 17.6 points per game.
The only losses the Bruins incurred during the regular season were to No. 8 Texas, and Pac-10 rivals USC and Washington, though the USC victory was later vacated upon discovery that USC player O. J. Mayo received illegal benefits while playing for USC. After becoming the Pacific-10 regular season champions and winning the Pacific-10 tournament, the Bruins were seeded No. 1 in the West Regional bracket of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Bruins held Mississippi Valley State to 29 points, the lowest total ever allowed in the first or second round of the tournament. After reaching the Final Four for the third year in a row, the Bruins lost to Memphis, the South Regional Champions, though this win was also later vacated as the result of NCAA rules violations.
On August 20, 2009, Memphis' 38 wins during the 2007–2008 season and Final Four appearances were vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for the team's using an ineligible player- Derrick Rose
On January 3, 2010, USC's 20 regular season wins during the 2007–2008 season were vacated by USC Athletics for the team's using an ineligible player.
Ben Howland (Weber State)
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