UCLA to name Pauley Pavilion floor Wooden Court

Updated: August 5, 2003, 1:04 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - Legendary coach John Wooden, who made UCLA the first name in college basketball, will have the school's court named after him - and his wife.

The court at Pauley Pavilion will be named "John and Nell Wooden Court" when the Bruins host Michigan State on December 20, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said Monday.

Known as "The Wizard of Westwood," Wooden guided UCLA to 10 NCAA championships - including seven in a row - in the 1960s and 1970s. His first title came 40 years ago this upcoming season.

"Saturday, December 20 will be remembered as one of the great days in the history of the UCLA athletic department" Guerrero said. "It is appropriate that the dedication of 'John and Nell Wooden Court' in Pauley Pavilion coincide with the 40th anniversary of coach Wooden's first NCAA championship team."

The first person inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and coach, Wooden turns 93 on October 14. Nell Wooden, his wife of 53 years, died on March 21, 1985. She was a key component of the basketball program as she was active in the community and developed relationships with the players.

"Although I deeply appreciate the sentiment of having the basketball floor in Pauley Pavilion named after me and my dear Nellie," Wooden said. "I will always be grateful to (building constructor) Edwin Pauley, who provided the impetus for making a dream become a reality."

In 27 years at UCLA, Wooden was 620-147, including record winning streaks of 88 games overall and 38 games in the NCAA Tournament. He guided the Bruins to unbeaten seasons in 1963-64, 1966-67, 1971-72, 1972-73).

Wooden retired after his last championship in 1975. UCLA went 20 years before winning another title under Jim Harrick in 1995.

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