AP No. 14
Head coach Jim Harrick
|Coaches No. 19|
1995–96 record 23–8 (16–2 Pac-10)
Assistant coach Lorenzo Romar
The 1995–96 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team represented the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1995–96 NCAA Division I men's basketball season as Defending National Champions from 1995, but bookended the season with two disappointing losses. While ranked #4, one loss was in the Maui Classic to a Santa Clara team led by then obscure guard Steve Nash. The team finished 1st in the conference. The Bruins competed in the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, flopping in a spectacular upset to the unranked Princeton Tigers in the round of 64. This was the final season for head coach Jim Harrick, a national championship coach who was fired over a transgression where he lied about two current players attending an expensive recruiting dinner at Monty's Steakhouse.
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