1966–67 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1966–67 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
National Champions
AAWU Regular Season Conference Champions
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. Dayton, W, 79–64
Conference Athletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1966–67 record 30–0 (14–0 AAWU)
Head coach John Wooden
Assistant coach Jerry Norman
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
Seasons

The 1966–67 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won UCLA's third NCAA National Basketball Championship under head coach John Wooden with a win over Dayton.

In the NCAA West Regional at Corvallis, Oregon, the Bruins beat Wyoming (109–60) and Pacific (80–64). The Final Four was played in Louisville, Kentucky, where UCLA defeated Houston (73–58) and Dayton (79–64).[1]

The team was led by starters Lynn Shackelford, Kenny Heitz, Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Mike Warren, and Lucius Allen.

Season Summary[edit]

This was the season Lew Alcindor, later to be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, debuted on to the college basketball scene. After sitting out his freshman year under then NCAA rules, Alcindor dominated as a sophomore, leading UCLA to a 30-0 record while averaging 29.0 points and 15.5 rebounds. Three other players averaged in double figures, including sophomore guard Lucius Allen and junior Mike Warren.

Players[edit]

Schedules and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
December 3*
No. 1 USC W 105–90  1–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
December 9*
No. 1 No. 7 Duke W 88–54  2–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
December 10*
No. 1 No. 7 Duke W 107–87  3–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
December 22*
No. 1 Colorado St W 84–74  4–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
December 23*
No. 1 Notre Dame W 96–67  5–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
December 28*
No. 1 Wisconsin
L.A. Classic
W 100–56  6–0
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles
December 29*
No. 1 Georgia Tech
L.A. Classic
W 91–72  7–0
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles
December 30*
No. 1 USC
L.A. Classic
W 107–83  8–0
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles
January 7
No. 1 at Washington State W 76–67  9–0
(1–0)
 
Pullman, WA
January 9
No. 1 at Washington W 83–68  10–0
(2–0)
 
Seattle, WA
January 13
No. 1 California W 96–78  11–0
(3–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
January 14
No. 1 Stanford W 116–78  12–0
(4–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
January 20*
No. 1 Portland W 122–57  13–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
January 21*
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara W 119–75  14–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
January 28*
No. 1 at Loyola-Chicago W 82–67  15–0
 
Chicago, IL
January 29*
No. 1 at Illinois W 120–82  16–0
 
Chicago, IL
February 4
No. 1 at USC W 40–35 OT 17–0
(5–0)
 
Los Angeles
February 10
No. 1 Oregon State W 76–44  18–0
(6–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
February 11
No. 1 Oregon W 100–66  19–0
(7–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
February 17
No. 1 at Oregon W 34–25  20–0
(8–0)
 
Eugene, OR
February 18
No. 1 at Oregon State W 72–50  21–0
(9–0)
 
Corvallis, OR
February 24
No. 1 Washington W 71–43  22–0
(10–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
February 25
No. 1 Washington State W 100–78  23–0
(11–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
March 3
No. 1 at Stanford W 75–47  24–0
(12–0)
 
Palo Alto, CA
March 4
No. 1 at California W 103–66  25–0
(13–0)
 
Berkeley, CA
March 11
No. 1 USC W 83–55  26–0
(14–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles
March 17*
No. 1 vs. Wyoming
NCAA Tournament
W 109–60  27–0
 
Corvallis, OR
March 18*
No. 1 vs. Pacific
NCAA Tournament
W 80–64  28–0
 
Corvallis, OR
March 24*
No. 1 vs. No. 7 Houston
NCAA Tournament
W 73–58  29–0
 
Louisville, KY
March 25*
No. 1 vs. Dayton
NCAA Tournament
W 79–64  30–0
 
Louisville, KY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West.

[2][3]

Notes[edit]

  • UCLA won the L.A. Classic by defeating Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, and USC.
  • Bruins' third national championship in four years.
  • The dunk was banned in college basketball after the season, primarily because of Alcindor's dominant use of the shot.[4][5]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Lew Alcindor, NCAA Basketball Tournament MOP (1967)
  • Lew Alcindor, USBWA College Player of the Year [6]
  • Lew Alcindor, Helms Foundation Player of the Year award
  • Lew Alcindor, First Team All-American
  • Lew Alcindor, School Record, Most season Points: 870 (1967)
  • Lew Alcindor, School Record, Highest season Scoring Average: 29.0 (1967)
  • Lew Alcindor, School Record, Most season Field Goals: 346 (1967)
  • Lew Alcindor, School Record, Most season Free Throw Attempts: 274 (1967)
  • Lew Alcindor, School Record, Most single game field goals: 26 (vs. Washington State, 2/25/67)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ UCLA History, UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guild 2008
  2. ^ 2014-15 UCLA Men's Basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Apr-09.
  3. ^ College Basketball @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Apr-09.
  4. ^ Scavone, Daniel C (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P, ed. Great Athletes. 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 7–10. ISBN 1-58765-008-8. 
  5. ^ Lew's Still Loose. Time Magazine, April 14, 1967. Quote:First there was the Wilt Chamberlain Rule, designed to force him away from the basket by widening the "3-sec. zone," in which an offensive player can remain for only 3 sec. at a time. Next came the Bill Russell Rule, which forbids blocking a shot when the ball is on its downward course. Now there is the Lew Alcindor Rule. College basketball's rules makers decided last week that players may no longer "dunk" or "stuff" the ball by ramming it through the hoop from directly above.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 

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