UCLA's 47-game winning streak came to an end in January when the Bruins were beaten by Houston and All-American Elvin Hayes in the Astrodome 71–69; the game was known as the Game of the Century. The Bruins avenged the loss in a rematch with Houston in the NCAA Final Four, by beating the Cougars 101–69 to become the only team to win consecutive NCAA championships twice.
This team ushered in a new era of college hoops when it played and lost to Houston in a regular-season game at Houston Astrodome that was seen by a national television audience. The Bruins avenged the only loss in the Final Four, thrashing the Cougars behind Lew Alcindor’s 19 points and 18 rebounds. "Big Lew" was even more dominant in the title game, with 34 points and 16 boards in a win over North Carolina.
Lew Alcindor would suffer the first major injury of his athletic career. He suffered a scratched left cornea on January 12, 1968 in a game against the California Golden Bears. He got struck by Ted Henderson of Cal in a rebound battle. He would miss the next two games against Stanford and Portland. This happened right before the game against the University of Houston.
Jan. 20, 1968 – Three days after he was benched by Coach Wooden during the "Game of the Century," Edgar Lacey, who was a high school All-American at Jefferson High School and Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year in 1963, quit the Bruins team.