SDSU to Face UCLA at 19th Annual Wooden Classic

April 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's basketball team is set to face UCLA at the 19th Annual John R. Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Aztecs and Bruins will take the Honda Center hardwood on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Game time will be announced at a later date.

"We are honored to have an opportunity to play in an event that bears the name of John Wooden," San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher said. "I had the privilege to get to know Coach Wooden and he is what every coach aspires to be. It is very special to play in his event against the school for which he coached."

SDSU will be participating in its third Wooden Classic, but first since 2008 when it opposed Saint Mary's. The 2008 game marked the second consecutive season in which the Aztecs played the Gaels in the yearly event honoring the legendary Bruins head coach.

San Diego State and UCLA have met 21 previous times in a series that dates back to 1922. The schools, however, have not crossed paths since 1991. The Bruins have won eight straight in the series and own a 16-5 series lead. SDSU, however, has won nine straight vs. current Pac-12 Conference schools, including a 3-0 mark in 2011-12, and won 23 consecutive games vs. schools from California.

The Aztecs, who finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 26-8 record, are coming off their fourth straight season with at least 25 victories and their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. In each of the last seven years, the back-to-back Mountain West regular-season co-champions have won 20 or more games and have advanced to the postseason.

In 2012-13, San Diego State is slated to return four of its five starters and its top four scorers from this past season. The Aztecs are also slated to welcome three Division I transfers and a heralded recruiting class to what returns next year.

The Aztec Athletic Ticket Office will take advance orders for the Wooden Classic in the San Diego State sections starting Tuesday, April 10, at 9 a.m. PT. Reserve tickets start at $30.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales through the SDSU Athletic Ticket Office will go to the Aztecs Athletic Department.

Fans may order tickets in advance online at GoAztecs.com or by calling the SDSU Athletic Ticket Office at (619) 283-7378. Seat placement will be handled in the order of the SDSU Athletics Priority Point System.