1967–68 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1967–68 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
Pac-8 Championship
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. North Carolina, W, 78–55
Conference Athletic Association of Western Universities
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1967–68 record 29–1 (14–0 Pac-8)
Head coach John R. Wooden
Assistant coach Jerry Norman

The 1967–68 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won UCLA's fourth NCAA National Basketball Championship under head coach John R. Wooden with a win over North Carolina.[1]

UCLA's 47-game winning streak came to an end in January when the Bruins were beaten by Houston and All-American Elvin Hayes in the Astrodome 71–69; the game was known as the Game of the Century. The Bruins avenged the loss in a rematch with Houston in the NCAA Final Four, by beating the Cougars 101–69 to become the only team to win consecutive NCAA championships twice.

Season Summary[edit]

This team ushered in a new era of college hoops when it played and lost to Houston in a regular-season game at Houston Astrodome that was seen by a national television audience. The Bruins avenged the only loss in the Final Four, thrashing the Cougars behind Lew Alcindor’s 19 points and 18 rebounds. "Big Lew" was even more dominant in the title game, with 34 points and 16 boards in a win over North Carolina. UCLA limited Houston's Elvin Hayes, who was averaging 37.7 points per game but was held to only 10. Bruins coach John Wooden credited his assistant, Jerry Norman, for devising the diamond-and-one defense that contained Hayes.[2][3]



Lew Alcindor would suffer the first major injury of his athletic career. He suffered a scratched left cornea on January 12, 1968, in a game against the California Golden Bears. He got struck by Ted Henderson of Cal in a rebound battle.[5] He would miss the next two games against Stanford and Portland. This happened right before the game against the University of Houston.


Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular season
No. 1 at Purdue W 73-71  1-0
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
No. 1 Wichita State W 120-86  2-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
No. 1 Iowa State W 121-80  3-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
No. 1 Bradley W 109-73  4-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
No. 1 Notre Dame W 114-63  5-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
No. 1 Minnesota
Los Angeles Classic
W 95-55  6-0
Los Angeles, CA
No. 1 Saint Louis
Los Angeles Classic
W 108-67  7-0
Los Angeles, CA
No. 1 Bradley
Los Angeles Classic
W 104-71  8-0
Los Angeles, CA

No. 1 Washington State W 97-69  9-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 1 Washington W 93-65  10-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 1 at California W 94-64  11-0
Harmon Gym 
Berkeley, CA

No. 1 at Stanford W 73-63  12-0
Stanford Pavilion 
Stanford, CA
No. 1 Portland W 93-69  13-0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 20*
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Houston
Game of the Century
L 69-71  13-1
Houston Astrodome (52,693)
Houston, TX
No. 2 vs. Holy Cross W 90-67  14-1
No. 2 vs. Boston College W 84-77  15-1
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY

No. 2 USC W 101-67  16-1
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 2 at Oregon State W 55-52  17-1
Gill Coliseum 
Corvallis, OR

No. 2 at Oregon W 104-63  18-1
McArthur Court 
Eugene, OR

No. 2 Oregon W 119-78  19-1
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 2 Oregon State W 88-71  20-1
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 2 at Washington W 84-67  21-1
Hec Edmundson Pavilion 
Seattle, WA

No. 2 at Washington State W 101-70  22-1
Beasley Coliseum 
Pullman, WA

No. 2 Stanford W 100-62  23-1
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 2 California W 115-71  24-1
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA

No. 2 at USC W 72-64  25-1
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
NCAA Tournament
March 15*
No. 2 vs. New Mexico State
NCAA Regional Semifinal
W 58-49  26-1
University Arena 
Albuquerque, NM
March 16*
No. 2 vs. Santa Clara
NCAA Regional Final
W 87-66  27-1
University Arena 
Albuquerque, NM
Mar 22*
No. 2 vs. No. 1 Houston
NCAA National Semifinal
W 101-69  28-1
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
March 23*
No. 2 vs. No. 5 North Carolina
NCAA National Final
W 78-55  29-1
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


  • The team opened the season as the No. 1 team in both the AP and UPI polls.
  • Second consecutive national championships, 4 in 5 years.
  • UCLA became the first school to have a top winner in both basketball and football in the same year with Gary Beban winning the Heisman Trophy and Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) winning the U.S. Basketball Writers Association player of the year award in 1968.
  • Jan. 20, 1968 – Three days after he was benched by Coach Wooden during the "Game of the Century," Edgar Lacey, who was a high school All-American at Jefferson High School and Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year in 1963, quit the Bruins team.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Team
4 45 Mike Lynn Chicago Bulls
4 49 Edgar Lacey San Francisco Warriors
14 180 Mike Warren Seattle SuperSonics



  1. ^ Official Collegiate Basketball Guide
  2. ^ Esper, Dwain (March 25, 1968). "Bruins Hope Norman Stays". The Independent. Pasadena, California. p. 15. Retrieved July 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Gasaway, John (June 7, 2010). "John Wooden's Century". Basketball Prospectus. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/schools/ucla/1968.html
  5. ^ Jeff Prugh – Bruins win again without Alcindor. Big Lew Sidelined By Eye Injury Suffered in Game against Bears. Los Angeles Times, January 14, 1968
  6. ^ Funeral in Downey today for UCLA player Edgar Lacey, Long Beach Press Telegram, April 8, 2011
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  8. ^ http://www.databasebasketball.com/draft/draftyear.htm?lg=N&yr=1968

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