Dec. 16, 2009
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team is wrapping up finals week while looking forward to renewing one of the top college basketball rivalries in the nation with UCLA on Saturday.
Und.com thought this was a perfect time to look back at the legendary series. The Irish and Bruins have met 47 times, with UCLA holding a 28-19 advantage in the series. Notre Dame is 11-11 at home against the Bruins. The series was a regular occurrence for both teams up until the 1995 season. Since that point, UCLA has only made one appearance at Notre Dame (in 2005) but both programs made steps to continue the rivalry on a regular basis starting last season.
Here is a video look back at some of the most memorable ND-UCLA battles in the 1970s. The footage is taken from Great Moments in Notre Dame Basketball, Volume 1 that was produced in conjuncture with the 100th anniversary of Notre Dame Basketball in 2005.
The most exciting moment in Notre Dame basketball history transpires as the No. 2 Irish rally from a 70-59 deficit with 3:22 left to end UCLA’s NCAA record 88-game win streak.
For the second straight year, Notre Dame upends UCLA in the ACC, 84-78, led by Adrian Dantley’s 32 points. Wooden’s final Bruin team captures its 10th national title two months later.
Unbeaten in 115 non-conference games at home, No. 3 UCLA is shocked in Pauley Pavilion by the Irish, 66-63.
No. 6 UCLA falls for the third straight season at Notre Dame as Adrian Dantley posts 30 points.
No. 3 UCLA falls to 13-2, with both of the losses coming to the Irish as Digger Phelps’ crew sweeps the home-and-home series for the first time.