1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball team

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1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball
University of Houston classic logo.png
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1967–68 record 31–2
Head coach Guy Lewis
Assistant coach Harvey Pate
Home arena Delmar Fieldhouse
Seasons
« 1966–67 1968–69 »

The 1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball team represented the University of Houston in the 1967–68 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. The team played its home games at Delmar Fieldhouse in Houston for the second consecutive season. This season marked the team's ninth year as an independent member of the NCAA's University Division. Houston was led by twelfth-year head coach Guy Lewis.

During the regular season, the Elvin Hayes-fronted Cougars team would beat the Lew Alcindor-led UCLA Bruins on January 20, 1968, in what was known as the Game of the Century. Houston obtained a perfect 28–0 record for regular season play, and eventually finished with a 31–2 overall record. It was the first time in the program's history that at least 30 wins were achieved. The team finished as number one in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. The team was invited to the 1968 NCAA Men's University Division Basketball Tournament, and finished as a semifinalist. It was the second Final Four appearance in Houston's history.

Following the season, Elvin Hayes was drafted into the National Basketball Association by the San Diego Rockets as the first overall draft pick in the 1968 NBA Draft. Don Chaney was also taken as the twelfth overall draft pick by the Boston Celtics.

Schedule[edit]

Houston's Elvin Hayes is carried in celebration after the victory over UCLA in the 1968 Game of the Century

Houston's regular season included the notable Game of Century against #1 UCLA. With an attendance of 52,693, the game had the highest attendance of any basketball game at any level at the time. It was also the first national broadcast of an NCAA basketball game in prime-time.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Record
Regular season
12/02/1967 Sacramento State #2 Delmar FieldhouseHouston, Texas W 110–79  1–0
12/04/1967 Abilene Christian #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 90–75  2–0
12/07/1967 North Dakota State #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 121–88  3–0
12/09/1967 at Illinois #2 Assembly HallChampaign, Illinois W 54–46  4–0
Bluebonnet Classic
12/13/1967 George Washington #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 86–61  5–0
12/14/1967 Montana State #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 113–67  6–0
Regular season
12/16/1967 BYU #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 102–69  7–0
12/18/1967 Minnesota #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 103–65  8–0
12/22/1967 at Arizona #2 Bear Down GymTucson, Arizona W 81–76  9–0
12/23/1968 at UNLV #2 Las Vegas Convention Center
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
W 94–85  10–0
Rainbow Classic
12/28/1967 vs. Bradley #2 Honolulu International Center ArenaHonolulu, Hawaii W 69–52  11–0
12/29/1967 vs. Marquette #2 Honolulu International Center Arena • Honolulu, Hawaii W 77–65  12–0
12/30/1967 vs. North Texas #2 Honolulu International Center Arena • Honolulu, Hawaii W 69–52  13–0
Regular season
01/02/1968 Michigan #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 91–65  14–0
01/06/1968 Centenary #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 118–81  15–0
01/13/1968 West Texas A&M #2 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 98–53  16–0
01/20/1968 vs. #1 UCLA #2 Astrodome • Houston, Texas
(Game of the Century)
TVS W 71–69  17–0
01/27/1968 Lamar #1 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 112–79  18–0
01/29/1968 Fairfield #1 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 108–76  19–0
02/01/1968 vs. Marshall #1 Madison Square GardenNew York, New York W 102–93  20–0
02/10/1968 at Centenary #1  ? • Shreveport, Louisiana W 107–56  21–0
02/15/1968 Miami #1 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 106–64  22–0
02/17/1968 Air Force #1 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 106–82  23–0
02/22/1968 Texas–Arlington #1 Delmar Fieldhouse
(Houston, Texas)
W 130–75  24–0
02/24/1968 Valparaiso #1 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 158–81  25–0
02/26/1968 at Hardin–Simmons #1  ? • Abilene, Texas W 105–82  26–0
03/02/1968 Virginia Tech #1 Delmar Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas W 120–79  27–0
03/04/1968 at West Texas A&M #1 WT Fieldhouse • Canyon, Texas W 107–76  28–0
NCAA Division I Tournament
03/09/1968 vs. Loyola #1 Nielsen FieldhouseSalt Lake City, Utah
(First round)
W 94–76  29–0
03/15/1968 vs. #9 Louisville #1 WSU FieldhouseWichita, Kansas
(Sweet Sixteen)
W 91–75  30–0
03/16/1968 vs. TCU #1 WSU Fieldhouse • Wichita, Kansas
(Elite Eight)
W 103–68  31–0
03/22/1968 vs. #2 UCLA #1 Los Angeles Memorial Sports ArenaLos Angeles, California
(Final Four)
SNI L 101–69  31–1
03/23/1968 vs. Ohio State #1 Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena • Los Angeles, California
(Third place game)
L 85–89  31–2
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Roster[edit]

1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 10 Lewis, VernonVernon Lewis 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Houston, Texas
G 12 Anderson, LarryLarry Anderson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Drumright, Oklahoma
C 14 Spain, KenKen Spain 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Houston, Texas
G 20 Gribben, TomTom Gribben 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Berwyn, Illinois
G 22 Hamood, NiemerNiemer Hamood 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Dearborn, Michigan
G 24 Chaney, DonDon Chaney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Baton Rouge, Louisiana
F 30 Cooper, LarryLarry Cooper 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Houston, Texas
G 32 Bane, BillyBilly Bane 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Jr Charlotte, North Carolina
C 34 Evans, MarsMars Evans 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So New York, New York
F 40 Lee, TheodisTheodis Lee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Monroe, Louisiana
G 42 Reynolds, GeorgeGeorge Reynolds 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Newark, New Jersey
F 44 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Rayville, Louisiana
G 50 Taylor, KentKent Taylor 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Houston, Texas
G 52 Van Landingham, BobbyBobby Van Landingham 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr La Marque, Texas
F 54 Bell, CarlosCarlos Bell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Clinton, Oklahoma
F 54 Bell, MelvinMelvin Bell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Clinton, Oklahoma
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-07-29

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
Elvin Hayes 1 1 San Diego Rockets
Don Chaney 1 12 Boston Celtics

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