1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1975 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals site San Diego Sports Arena
San Diego, California
Champions UCLA (10th title)
Runner-up Kentucky (6th title game)
Semifinalists Louisville (3rd Final Four)
Syracuse (1st Final Four)
Winning coach John Wooden (10th title)
MOP Richard Washington UCLA
Attendance 183,857
Top scorer Jim Lee Syracuse
(119 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1974 1976»

The 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 1975, and ended with the championship game on March 31 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California. A total of 36 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won his 10th and last national title with a 92–85 victory in the final game over Kentucky, coached by Joe B. Hall. Richard Washington of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The Bruins again had an advantage by playing the Final Four in their home state. It marked the last time a team won the national championship playing in its home state.

Tournament notes[edit]

  • The bracket expanded to 32 teams.
  • This was the last tournament in which third-place games were contested in each regional. The national third-place game would continue to be played through the 1981 tournament.
  • This was also the first NCAA tournament to allow (or indeed, have room for) more than one team per conference. Previously, only one team from each conference was allowed. This change was response to a number of factors:
  • The new selection criteria threatened to exclude Northeastern teams, which did not belong to conferences. To address this problem, this was the first NCAA Tournament to grant automatic bids to the winners of ECAC regional tournaments for Northeastern Division I independents organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference, a loose sports federation of Northeastern colleges and universities. This practice would continue through the 1982 tournament.[2][3]
  • Finally, the national final was the last game for UCLA coaching legend John Wooden, who had announced his retirement at the press conference following the semi-final game with Louisville. Wooden won his tenth and final NCAA Men's Division I Basketball championship.[4]

Memorable games[edit]

There were two memorable games in the 1975 tournament. Number 2 ranked Kentucky upset previously unbeaten Indiana 92-90 in their regional final. The Hoosiers, coached by Bob Knight, were undefeated and the number one team in the nation, when leading scorer Scott May suffered a broken arm in a win over arch-rival Purdue. This was the only loss Indiana would suffer between March 1974 and December 1976. In the national semifinals, UCLA defeated Louisville, coached by former Wooden assistant Denny Crum, 75-74 in overtime, rallying late in regulation to force overtime and coming from behind in overtime to win on a last second shot by Richard Washington.

Both games made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time, with the former at #8 and the latter at #18.[5]

Locations[edit]

Region Site Other Locations
East Providence, Rhode Island Charlotte, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mideast Dayton, Ohio Lexington, Kentucky, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Midwest Las Cruces, New Mexico Lubbock, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma
West Portland, Oregon Pullman, Washington, Tempe, Arizona
Finals San Diego, California

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
West
West n/a Alabama C. M. Newton Round of 32 Arizona State L 97-94
West n/a Arizona State Ned Wulk Regional Runner-up UCLA L 89-75
West n/a Michigan Johnny Orr Round of 32 UCLA L 103-91
West n/a Montana Jud Heathcote Regional Fourth Place UNLV L 75-67
West n/a UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Regional Third Place Montana W 75-67
West n/a San Diego State Tim Vezie Round of 32 UNLV L 90-80
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion Kentucky W 92-85
West n/a Utah State Dutch Belnap Round of 32 Montana L 69-63
Midwest
Midwest n/a Cincinnati Gale Catlett Regional Third Place Notre Dame W 95-87
Midwest n/a Creighton Tom Apke Round of 32 Maryland L 83-79
Midwest n/a Kansas Ted Owens Round of 32 Notre Dame L 77-71
Midwest n/a Louisville Denny Crum Third Place Syracuse W 96-88
Midwest n/a Maryland Lefty Driesell Regional Runner-up Louisville L 96-82
Midwest n/a Notre Dame Digger Phelps Regional Fourth Place Cincinnati L 95-87
Midwest n/a Rutgers Tom Young Round of 32 Louisville L 91-78
Midwest n/a Texas A&M Shelby Metcalf Round of 32 Cincinnati L 87-79
Mideast
Mideast n/a Central Michigan Dick Parfitt Regional Third Place Oregon State W 88-87
Mideast n/a Georgetown John Thompson Round of 32 Central Michigan L 77-75
Mideast n/a Indiana Bob Knight Regional Runner-up Kentucky L 92-90
Mideast n/a Kentucky Joe B. Hall Runner-up UCLA L 92-85
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Round of 32 Kentucky L 76-54
Mideast n/a Middle Tennessee State Jimmy Earle Round of 32 Oregon State L 78-67
Mideast n/a Oregon State Ralph Miller Regional Fourth Place Central Michigan L 88-87
Mideast n/a UTEP Don Haskins Round of 32 Indiana L 78-53
East
East n/a Boston College Bob Zuffelato Regional Fourth Place North Carolina L 110-90
East n/a Furman Joe Williams Round of 32 Boston College L 82-76
East n/a Kansas State Jack Hartman Regional Runner-up Syracuse L 95-87
East n/a La Salle Paul Westhead Round of 32 Syracuse L 87-83
East n/a New Mexico State Lou Henson Round of 32 North Carolina L 93-69
East n/a North Carolina Dean Smith Regional Third Place Boston College W 110-90
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly Round of 32 Kansas State L 69-62
East n/a Syracuse Roy Danforth Fourth Place Louisville L 96-88

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  Syracuse 87
  La Salle 83*
  Syracuse 78
  North Carolina 76
  North Carolina 93
  New Mexico St. 69
  Syracuse 95
  Kansas St. 87*
  Kansas St. 69
  Pennsylvania 62
  Kansas St. 74
  Boston College 65
  Boston College 82
  Furman 76

Mideast region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  Indiana 78
  UTEP 53
  Indiana 81
  Oregon St. 71
  Oregon St. 78
  Middle Tennessee St. 67
  Indiana 90
  Kentucky 92
  Central Michigan 77
  Georgetown 75
  Central Michigan 73
  Kentucky 90
  Kentucky 76
  Marquette 54

Midwest region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  Maryland 83
  Creighton 79
  Maryland 83
  Notre Dame 71
  Notre Dame 77
  Kansas 71
  Maryland 82
  Louisville 96
  Cincinnati 87
  Texas A&M 79
  Cincinnati 63
  Louisville 78
  Louisville 91
  Rutgers 78

West region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  UCLA 103
  Michigan 91*
  UCLA 67
  Montana 64
  Montana 69
  Utah St. 63
  UCLA 89
  Arizona St. 75
  Arizona St. 97
  Alabama 94
  Arizona St. 84
  UNLV 81
  UNLV 90
  San Diego St. 80

Final Four[edit]

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
                 
  E  Syracuse 79  
  ME  Kentucky 95    
      ME  Kentucky 85
      W  UCLA 92
  MW  Louisville 74*    
  W  UCLA 75   National Third Place Game
 
MW  Louisville 96
  E  Syracuse 88*

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bill Free - This Overtime Lasts 25 Years The 1974 team left it all out on the floor. Baltimore Sun, hosted at University of Maryland Terrapins athletic site, February 20, 1999
  2. ^ Varsity Pride: ECAC Men's Basketball Tournaments
  3. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Beginnings of the Big East
  4. ^ Maffei, John (July 6, 2013). "Sports site No. 3: San Diego Sports Arena". U-T San Diego (San Diego, CA: MLIM Holdings). Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mike Douchant - Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002