1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
1973 UCLA basketball NCAA champions.JPG
Pac-8 Championship
Sugar Bowl Torney Championship
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. Memphis State, W, 87–66
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1972–73 record 30–0 (14–0 Pac-8)
Head coach John R. Wooden
Assistant coach Gary Cunningham
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
Seasons
« 1971–72 1973–74 »
1972–73 Pacific-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UCLA 14 0   1.000     30 0   1.000
USC 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
Oregon 8 6   .571     16 10   .615
Stanford 7 7   .500     14 11   .560
Washington 6 8   .429     16 11   .593
Oregon State 6 8   .429     15 11   .577
California 4 10   .286     11 15   .423
Washington State 2 12   .143     6 20   .231
As of November 25, 2011[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won another National Championship for UCLA by beating the Memphis Tigers, 87–66 in the Final Four.[2] In the NCAA Championship, Bill Walton led UCLA to an 87–66 win over Memphis State in which he made 21 of 22 field goal attempts and scored 44 points. Some regard this as the greatest ever offensive performance in American college basketball. The Bruins set a new NCAA record of winning 89 games and losing 1 during a three-year span.

Starting lineup[edit]

Position Player Class
F Larry Farmer Sr.
F Keith Wilkes Jr.
C Bill Walton Jr.
G Larry Hollyfield Sr.
G Greg Lee Jr.

Players[edit]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Results Record
Nov. 25 Wisconsin W 94–53 1–0
Dec. 1 Bradley W 73–38 2–0
Dec. 2 Pacific W 81–48 3–0
Dec. 16 UC SB W 98–67 4–0
Dec. 22 Pittsburgh W 89–73 5–0
Dec. 23 Notre Dame W 82–56 6–0
Dec. 29 Drake W 85–72 7–0
Dec. 30 Illinois W 71–64 8–0
Jan. 5 Oregon W 64–38 9–0
Jan. 6 Oregon St. W 87–61 10–0
Jan. 12 Stanford W 82–67 11–0
Jan. 13 California W 69–50 12–0
Jan. 19 USF W 92–64 13–0
Jan. 20 Providence W 101–77 14–0
Jan. 25 Loyola (IL) W 87–73 15–0
Jan. 27 Notre Dame W 82–63 16–0
Feb. 3 USC W 79–56 17–0
Feb. 10 Wash. St. W 88–50 18–0
Feb. 12 Washington W 76–67 19–0
Feb. 16 Washington W 93–62 20–0
Feb. 17 Wash. St. W 96–64 21–0
Feb. 22 Oregon W 72–61 22–0
Feb. 24 Oregon St. W 73–67 23–0
Mar. 2 California W 90–65 24–0
Mar. 3 Stanford W 51–45 25–0
Mar. 9 USC W 76–56 26–0
Mar. 15 (Sweet 16) Arizona St. W 98–81 27–0
Mar. 17 (Elite 8) USF W 54–39 28–0
Mar. 24 (Final Four) Indiana W 70–59 29–0
Mar. 26 (Championship) Memphis W 87–66 30–0

Notes[edit]

  • The 1972 team was ranked No. 1 by both AP and UPI pre-season polls
  • Walton set a school record with 506 rebounds
  • Larry Farmer and Larry Hollyfield became the only players to have the best winning record over a three-year period, 89–1.[3]
  • In the semifinals game, Indiana Hoosiers rallied in the second half to gave the Bruins a scare. Curtis scored 22 points off the bench to help UCLA with the 70–59 victory.
  • Bill Walton and Keith Wilkes were named to the 1973 Consensus All-America first team.

Awards and honors[edit]

See also[edit]

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