1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball team

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1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball
University of Houston classic logo.png
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1967–68 record 31–2
Head coach Guy Lewis
Assistant coach Harvey Pate
Home arena Delmar Fieldhouse
Seasons

The 1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball team represented the University of Houston in the 1967–68 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. The team played its home games at Delmar Fieldhouse in Houston for the second consecutive season. This season marked the team's ninth year as an independent member of the NCAA's University Division. Houston was led by twelfth-year head coach Guy Lewis.

During the regular season, the Elvin Hayes-fronted Cougars team would beat the Lew Alcindor-led UCLA Bruins on January 20, 1968, in what was known as the Game of the Century. Houston obtained a perfect 28–0 record for regular season play, and eventually finished with a 31–2 overall record. It was the first time in the program's history that at least 30 wins were achieved. The team finished as number one in both the AP Poll and the Coaches' Poll. The team was invited to the 1968 NCAA Men's University Division Basketball Tournament, and finished as a semifinalist. It was the second Final Four appearance in Houston's history.

Following the season, Elvin Hayes was drafted into the National Basketball Association by the San Diego Rockets as the first overall draft pick in the 1968 NBA Draft. Don Chaney was also taken as the twelfth overall draft pick by the Boston Celtics.

Schedule[edit]

Houston's Elvin Hayes is carried in celebration after the victory over UCLA in the 1968 Game of the Century

Houston's regular season included the notable Game of Century against #1 UCLA. With an attendance of 52,693, the game had the highest attendance of any basketball game at any level at the time. It was also the first national broadcast of an NCAA basketball game in prime-time.

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Regular season
12/02/1967
no
No. 2 Sacramento State W 110–79  1–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
12/04/1967
no
No. 2 Abilene Christian W 90–75  2–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
12/07/1967
no
No. 2 North Dakota State W 121–88  3–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
12/09/1967
no
No. 2 at Illinois W 54–46  4–0
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
Bluebonnet Classic
12/13/1967
no
No. 2 George Washington W 86–61  5–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
12/14/1967
no
No. 2 Montana State W 113–67  6–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
Regular season
12/16/1967
no
No. 2 BYU W 102–69  7–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
12/18/1967
no
No. 2 Minnesota W 103–65  8–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
12/22/1967
no
No. 2 at Arizona W 81–76  9–0
Bear Down Gym 
Tucson, Arizona
12/23/1968
no
No. 2 at UNLV
Las Vegas
W 94–85  10–0
 
Las Vegas Convention Center
Rainbow Classic
12/28/1967
no
No. 2 vs. Bradley W 69–52  11–0
Honolulu International Center Arena 
Honolulu
12/29/1967
no
No. 2 vs. Marquette W 77–65  12–0
Honolulu International Center Arena 
Honolulu
12/30/1967
no
No. 2 vs. North Texas W 69–52  13–0
Honolulu International Center Arena 
Honolulu
Regular season
01/02/1968
no
No. 2 Michigan W 91–65  14–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
01/06/1968
no
No. 2 Centenary W 118–81  15–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
01/13/1968
no
No. 2 West Texas A&M W 98–53  16–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
01/20/1968
no, TVS
No. 2 vs. No. 1 UCLA
Game of the Century
W 71–69  17–0
Astrodome 
Houston
01/27/1968
no
No. 1 Lamar W 112–79  18–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
01/29/1968
no
No. 1 Fairfield W 108–76  19–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
02/01/1968
no
No. 1 vs. Marshall W 102–93  20–0
Madison Square Garden 
New York City
02/10/1968
no
No. 1 at Centenary W 107–56  21–0
? 
Shreveport, Louisiana
02/15/1968
no
No. 1 Miami W 106–64  22–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
02/17/1968
no
No. 1 Air Force W 106–82  23–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
02/22/1968
no
No. 1 Texas–Arlington
Houston
W 130–75  24–0
 
Delmar Fieldhouse
02/24/1968
no
No. 1 Valparaiso W 158–81  25–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
02/26/1968
no
No. 1 at Hardin–Simmons W 105–82  26–0
? 
Abilene, Texas
03/02/1968
no
No. 1 Virginia Tech W 120–79  27–0
Delmar Fieldhouse 
Houston
03/04/1968
no
No. 1 at West Texas A&M W 107–76  28–0
WT Fieldhouse 
Canyon, Texas
NCAA Division I Tournament
03/09/1968
no
No. 1 vs. Loyola
First round
W 94–76  29–0
Nielsen Fieldhouse 
Salt Lake City
03/15/1968
no
No. 1 vs. No. 9 Louisville
Sweet Sixteen
W 91–75  30–0
WSU Fieldhouse 
Wichita, Kansas
03/16/1968
no
No. 1 vs. TCU
Elite Eight
W 103–68  31–0
WSU Fieldhouse 
Wichita, Kansas
03/22/1968
no, SNI
No. 1 vs. No. 2 UCLA
Final Four
L 69-101  31–1
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles
03/23/1968
no
No. 1 vs. Ohio State
Third place game
L 85–89  31–2
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Roster[edit]

1967–68 Houston Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 10 Lewis, VernonVernon Lewis 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Houston, Texas
G 12 Anderson, LarryLarry Anderson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Drumright, Oklahoma
C 14 Spain, KenKen Spain 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Houston, Texas
G 20 Gribben, TomTom Gribben 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Berwyn, Illinois
G 22 Hamood, NiemerNiemer Hamood 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Dearborn, Michigan
G 24 Chaney, DonDon Chaney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Baton Rouge, Louisiana
F 30 Cooper, LarryLarry Cooper 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Houston, Texas
G 32 Bane, BillyBilly Bane 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Jr Charlotte, North Carolina
C 34 Evans, MarsMars Evans 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) So New York City
F 40 Lee, TheodisTheodis Lee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Monroe, Louisiana
G 42 Reynolds, GeorgeGeorge Reynolds 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Newark, New Jersey
F 44 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Rayville, Louisiana
G 50 Taylor, KentKent Taylor 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Houston, Texas
G 52 Van Landingham, BobbyBobby Van Landingham 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr La Marque, Texas
F 54 Bell, CarlosCarlos Bell 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Clinton, Oklahoma
F 54 Bell, MelvinMelvin Bell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Clinton, Oklahoma
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-07-29

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
Elvin Hayes 1 1 San Diego Rockets
Don Chaney 1 12 Boston Celtics

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