1973–74 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1973–74 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
Pacific-8 Championship
Bruin Classic Championship
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
1973–74 record 26–4 (12–2 Pac-8)
Head coach John Wooden
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
Seasons
« 1972–73 1974–75 »
1973–74 Pacific-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 UCLA 12 2   .857     26 4   .867
USC 11 3   .786     24 5   .828
Oregon 9 5   .643     15 11   .577
Washington 7 7   .500     16 10   .615
Oregon State 6 8   .429     13 13   .500
Stanford 5 9   .357     11 14   .440
California 3 11   .214     9 17   .346
Washington State 3 11   .214     8 21   .276
As of November 25, 2011[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973–74 season would be Bill Walton's final year with the school. During the season, the Bruins' 88 game winning streak would end. The defeat was a 71–70 decision to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Coincidentally, the Bruins' last loss was to Notre Dame and Austin Carr in 1971 by a score of 89–81.

In the postseasons, UCLA's record streak of seven consecutive national titles was broken. North Carolina State defeated the Bruins 80–77 in double overtime in the NCAA semi-finals.

Pre-season[edit]

The team was ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation by both AP an UPI polls.

Regular season[edit]

  • UCLA defeated Washington 100–48 on January 5, 1974.[2]
  • The team scored 100 or more points in four regular season games. It beat Dayton 111–100 in overtime in the NCAA Tournament.

Players[edit]

Schedule and results[edit]

Bill Walton taking a shot.
Date Opponent Results
Nov. 30 Arkansas W 101–79
Dec. 1 Maryland W 65–64
Dec. 8 SMU W 77–60
Dec. 15 NC State W 84–66
Dec. 21 Ohio W 110–63
Dec. 22 St. Bonaventure W 111–59
Dec. 28 Wyoming W 86–58
Dec. 29 Michigan W 90–70
Jan. 5 Washington W 100–48
Jan. 7 Wash. St. W 55–45
Jan. 11 California W 92–56
Jan. 12 Stanford W 66–52
Jan. 17 Iowa W 66–44
Jan. 19 Notre Dame L 70–71*
Jan. 25 Santa Clara W 96–54
Jan. 26 Notre Dame W 94–75
Feb. 2 USC W 65–54
Feb. 8 Oregon W 84–66
Feb. 9 Oregon St. W 80–75
Feb. 15 Oregon St. L 57–61
Feb. 16 Oregon L 51–56
Feb. 22 Wash. St. W 93–68
Feb. 23 Washington W 99–65
Mar. 1 California W 83–60
Mar. 2 Stanford W 62–60
Mar. 9 USC W 82–52
Mar. 14 (Sweet 16) Dayton W 111–100
Mar. 16 (Elite 8) USF W 83–60
Mar. 23 (Final Four) NC State L 77–80
Mar. 25 (Final Four) Kansas W 78–61**

Notes: * = End of 88-game winning streak. ** = Consolation Game

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Team
1 1 Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers
1 11 Keith Wilkes Golden State Warriors
7 115 Greg Lee Atlanta Hawks
7 117 Tommy Curtis Buffalo Braves

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See also[edit]

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