December 7, 1968 - ACC opened & dedicated against UCLA

Concluding the opening week of festivities for the newly opened ACC, the basketball arena was dedicated against UCLA. This would mark the first time UCLA would make the trip to Notre Dame. A capacity crowd of 12,000 fans would be on hand for the game featuring Notre Dame (1-0) and #1 UCLA. Unfortunately for the Irish, UCLA would win the game 88-75 behind legendary coach John Wooden and star player Lew Alcinder (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Notre Dame coach Johnny Dee made sure to open the new arena in grand fashion. In attendance were 101 news reporters, seven radio stations, and national television cameras. There were more press on hand than were present for either the Pittsburgh or Georgia Tech football games earlier in the year.

Notre Dame would win the opening tip and scored immediately. The Irish would lead by as many as nine points for the next 18 minutes. But then the team relaxed and UCLA took advantage. With two minutes remaining in the half, UCLA would go ahead by one and held the lead 49-44 at half. The second half would be all UCLA and opened their lead by another ten points. With five minutes remaining and a 19 point lead, Wooden took Alcinder out of the game. Senior Bob Whitmore and sophomore Austin Carr would lead Notre Dame scorers with 26 points each.

Keywords: basketball, acc, jacc, ucla, athletic convocation center, austin carr, bob whitmore, john wooden, lew alcinder, kareem abdul-jabbar, pittsburgh, georgia tech

Posted On: 2011-12-07 03:15:00 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2015-01-04 12:16:18 by IrishTrpt07


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   Posted By: Rob at 2017-03-02 12:06:39[#1]
Great post! It would be interesting to see a comparison between the TV, print and outdoor advertising campaigns versus the social media campaign – not only looking at visibility,
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