|NCAA division||Division IA (D1)|
|mascot||Joe & Josephine Bruin|
|American football stadium||Rose Bowl Stadium|
|Basketball stadium||Pauley Pavilion|
UCLA Bruins are the sports division of the University of California (UCLA) in Los Angeles , California . Bruins teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competitions in the Pacific-12 Conference . The heraldic animal of California is the bear. Since the oldest of the California state universities, UC Berkeley, had the bear as a heraldic animal, the younger UCLA got the Bruin, the little bear, as heraldic animal (Bruin is a literary term for brown bears, which is a belittling term ).
UCLA athletes have excellent facilities. The American football poker players play their home games in 1923 opened Rose Bowl Stadium (capacity 92,452 spectators), while the basketball player on the campus in 1965 opened Pauley Pavilion (capacity 12,829 spectators) play.
One of the Bruins' greatest achievements was the streak of 88 straight straight games the basketball players scored between 1971 and 1974. One of the most famous players of the Bruins is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . He played from 1965 to 1969 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor under the direction of legendary coach John Wooden .
The rivalry with its neighbor, the USC Trojans , is one of the greatest rivalries in US academic sport, especially American football. This is because there is no other city in the US that has two universities as large as UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC).
Due to the high entry requirements (UCLA is one of the 10 best academic universities in the world), UCLA has recruiting problems, which is particularly noticeable in sports such as American football. If UCLA provided its own Olympic team, it would be among the ten most successful in the world. The Bruins have won at least one gold medal at all Summer Olympics since 1920 (with the exception of 1924), so far a total of 251 medals - 126 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze.
- NCAA champions in American football: 1954
- NCAA champions in basketball (men): (11 ×) 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1995
- NCAA champions (men): soccer (4 ×), golf (1 ×), athletics (8 ×), swimming (1 ×), tennis (16 ×), gymnastics (2 ×), volleyball (19 ×) and water polo (8 ×)
- NCAA champions (women): golf (2 ×), athletics (5 ×), softball (10 ×), gymnastics (7 ×), volleyball (3 ×) and water polo (4 ×).
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