1973–74 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team

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1973–74 North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball
ACC Champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1973–74 record 30–1 (12–0 ACC)
Head coach Norm Sloan
Assistant coach Ed Biedenbach
Assistant coach Sam Esposito
Assistant coach Art Musselman
Home arena Reynolds Coliseum
Seasons
« 1972–73 1974–75 »

The 1973–74 North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball team represented North Carolina State University. The Wolfpack were a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team finished undefeated in the ACC regular season, then won the ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack then won the NCAA tournament, finishing the season as the national champions.

Season summary[edit]

N.C. State had it all: a star high-jumping forward David Thompson, a towering center in 7-foot-4 Tom Burleson, a great point guard in Monte Towe and several complementary players, including guard Moe Rivers and forward Phil Spence. The Wolfpack began the season ranked #2 in the nation, behind UCLA. On December 15, 1973 the two teams met in St. Louis, with UCLA beating NC State by 84-66 after trailing by one at halftime. It would be the only loss for the Wolfpack that season. NC State avenged that loss by beating the Bruins 80-77 in two overtimes in the NCAA Tournament semi-final game and ending their streak of seven straight national championships. Two nights later NC State captured its first NCAA championship by beating Marquette 76-64.

Roster[edit]

Name # Height Year Home Town
Tommy Burleson 24 7–4 Senior Newland, NC
Mike Buurma 50 6–10 Freshman Willard, OH
Bruce Dayhuff 32 6–5 Freshman Walkerton, IN
Ken Gehring 54 6–9 Freshman Akron, OH
Greg Hawkins 14 6–5 Senior Huntington, WV
Jerry Hunt 12 6–5 Sophomore Shelby, NC
Dwight Johnson 22 6–0 Sophomore Raleigh, NC
Craig Kuszmaul 34 6–5 Junior Warren, OH
Bill Lake 35 6–11 Freshman Carmel, IN
Mark Moeller 40 6–3 Junior Canfield, OH
Steve Nuce 52 6–8 Senior Rockville, MD
Moe Rivers 10 6–1 Junior Brooklyn, NY
Steve Smith 12 6–10 Sophomore East McDowell, KY
Phil Spence 30 6–8 Sophomore Raleigh, NC
Tim Stoddard 42 6–7 Junior Hammond, IN
David Thompson 44 6–4 Junior Shelby, NC
Monte Towe 25 5–7 Junior Converse, IN

ACC Tournament[edit]

The 1974 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum from March 7–9. North Carolina State defeated Maryland 103–100 in overtime to claim the championship.

The Final pitted two of the top teams in the country. It has been regarded by many to be the greatest ACC game in history — and one of the greatest college games ever. The game was instrumental in forcing the expansion of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship to 32 teams, allowing more than one bid from a conference.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

1974 NCAA Tournament Championship Game Box Score
Player Min FG FT REB AST PF PTS
D. Thompson 40 7–12 7–8 7 2 3 21
M. Towe 37 5–10 6–7 3 2 1 16
T. Burleson 36 6–9 2–6 11 0 4 14
M. Rivers 40 4–9 6–9 2 5 2 14
T. Stoddard 25 3–4 2–2 7 2 5 8
P. Spence 19 1–2 1–2 3 3 2 3
M. Moeller 3 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26–46 24–34 34 14 17 76
  • East
    • North Carolina State 92, Providence 78
    • North Carolina State 100, Pittsburgh 72
  • Final Four
    • North Carolina State 80, UCLA 77
    • North Carolina State 76, Marquette 64

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 3 Tom Burleson Seattle SuperSonics

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