1968 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1968 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 23
Finals site Sports Arena
Los Angeles, California
Champions UCLA (4th title, 4th title game)
Runner-up North Carolina (3rd title game,
4th Final Four)
Winning coach John Wooden (4th title)
MOP Lew Alcindor UCLA
Attendance 160,888
Top scorer Elvin Hayes Houston
(167 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1967 1969»

The 1968 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1968, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in Los Angeles, California. A total of 27 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 78-55 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Lew Alcindor of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player for the second of three consecutive years. This UCLA team, composed of three All-Americans, Player of the Year Alcindor, Lucius Allen, and Mike Warren, along with dead eye pure shooter Lynn Shackleford (most of his shots would be 3 pointers today) and burly senior power forward Mike Lynn is considered to be one of the greatest teams in college basketball history.

The NCAA semi-final match between the Houston Cougars and UCLA Bruins was a re-match of the college basketball Game of the Century held in January at the Astrodome, in the Cougars' home city. The match was historic, the first nationally syndicated college basketball game and the first to play in a domed stadium before more than 52,000 fans. It was UCLA's only loss in two years, a two-pointer, to the then-#2 Houston, but with UCLA's dominating center Alcindor playing with an eye injury that limited his effectiveness after being hospitalized the week before. The loss broke a 47-game winning streak for UCLA. In the March NCAA Tournament Final 4, the Bruins at full strength avenged that loss with a 101-69 drubbing of that same Houston team, now ranked #1, in UCLA's home city at the Memorial Sports Arena. 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.[1][2]


Region Site Other Locations
East Raleigh, North Carolina College Park, Maryland; Kingston, Rhode Island
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Kent, Ohio
Midwest Wichita, Kansas Salt Lake City, Utah
West Albuquerque, New Mexico Salt Lake City, Utah
Finals Los Angeles, California


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Boston College Bob Cousy First round St. Bonaventure L 102-93
East n/a Columbia John Rohan Regional Third Place St. Bonaventure W 95-75
East n/a Davidson Lefty Driesell Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 70-66
East n/a La Salle Jim Harding First round Columbia L 83-69
East n/a North Carolina Dean Smith Runner Up UCLA L 78-55
East n/a St. Bonaventure Larry Weise Regional Fourth Place Columbia L 95-75
East n/a St. John's Lou Carnesecca First round Davidson L 79-70
Mideast n/a Bowling Green Bill Fitch First round Marquette L 72-71
Mideast n/a East Tennessee State J. Madison Brooks Regional Fourth Place Marquette L 69-57
Mideast n/a Florida State Hugh Durham First round East Tennessee State L 79-69
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Ohio State L 82-81
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Regional Third Place East Tennessee State W 69-57
Mideast n/a Ohio State Fred Taylor Third Place Houston W 89-85
Midwest n/a Houston Guy Lewis Fourth Place Ohio State L 89-85
Midwest n/a Kansas State Tex Winter Regional Fourth Place Louisville L 93-63
Midwest n/a Louisville John Dromo Regional Third Place Kansas State W 93-63
Midwest n/a Loyola, Illinois George Ireland First round Houston L 94-76
Midwest n/a TCU Johnny Swaim Regional Runner-up Houston L 103-68
West n/a New Mexico Bob King Regional Fourth Place New Mexico State L 62-58
West n/a New Mexico State Lou Henson Regional Third Place New Mexico W 62-58
West n/a Santa Clara Dick Garibaldi Regional Runner-up UCLA L 87-66
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion North Carolina W 78-55
West n/a Weber State Dick Motta First round New Mexico State L 68-57


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     North Carolina 91  
       St. Bonaventure 72  
   St. Bonaventure 102
     Boston College 93  
       North Carolina 70
     Davidson 66
     Davidson 79  
   St. John's 70  
   Davidson 61
       Columbia 59*  
   Columbia 83
     La Salle 69  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Ohio State 79  
       East Tennessee State 72  
   East Tennessee State 79
     Florida State 69  
       Ohio State 82
     Kentucky 81
   Kentucky 107
       Marquette 89  
   Marquette 72
     Bowling Green 71  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     TCU 77  
       Kansas State 72  
       TCU 68
     Houston 103
   Louisville 75
       Houston 91  
   Houston 94
     Loyola-IL 76  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Santa Clara 86  
       New Mexico 73  
       Santa Clara 66
     UCLA 87
   UCLA 58
       New Mexico State 49  
   New Mexico State 68
     Weber State 57  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E North Carolina 80
ME Ohio State 66
E North Carolina 55
MW Houston 69
W UCLA 101

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Gasaway, John (June 7, 2010). "John Wooden's Century". Basketball Prospectus. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015.