1968 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1968 NCAA University Division
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)
Semifinalists
Winning coach John Wooden (4th title)
MOP Lew Alcindor UCLA
Attendance 160,888
Top scorer Elvin Hayes Houston
(167 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1967 1969»

The 1968 NCAA University Division 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]

Locations[edit]

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

Teams[edit]

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

Bracket[edit]

* – 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–Chicago 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
W UCLA 78
MW Houston 69
W UCLA 101

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game
     
ME Ohio State 89
MW Houston 85

Regional Third Place Games[edit]


See also[edit]

References[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.