1970 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1970 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals site Cole Field House
College Park, Maryland
Champions UCLA (6th title, 6th title game,
7th Final Four)
Runner-up Jacksonville (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach John Wooden (6th title)
MOP Sidney Wicks UCLA
Attendance 146,794
Top scorer Austin Carr Notre Dame
(158 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1969 1971»

The 1970 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 7, 1970, and ended with the championship game on March 21 in College Park, Maryland. A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game. This tournament was notable for the number of small schools that reached the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4, and Championship Game.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with an 80–69 victory in the final game over Jacksonville, coached by Joe Williams. Sidney Wicks of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


Region Site Other locations
East Columbia, South Carolina Jamaica, New York; Philadelphia; Princeton, New Jersey
Mideast Columbus, Ohio Dayton, Ohio
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Fort Worth, Texas
West Seattle, Washington Provo, Utah
Finals College Park, Maryland


Region Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East Davidson Terry Holland First round St. Bonaventure L 85–72
East Niagara Frank Layden Regional Fourth Place NC State L 108–88
East NC State Norm Sloan Regional Third Place Niagara W 108–88
East Penn Dick Harter First round Niagara L 79–69
East St. Bonaventure Larry Weise Fourth Place New Mexico State L 79–73
East Temple Harry Litwack First round Villanova L 77–69
East Villanova Jack Kraft Regional Runner-up St. Bonaventure L 97–74
Mideast Iowa Ralph Miller Regional Third Place Notre Dame W 121–106
Mideast Jacksonville Joe Williams Runner Up UCLA L 80–69
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Jacksonville L 106–100
Mideast Notre Dame Johnny Dee Regional Fourth Place Iowa L 121–106
Mideast Ohio James Snyder First round Notre Dame L 112–82
Mideast Western Kentucky Johnny Oldham First round Jacksonville L 109–96
Midwest Dayton Don Donoher First round Houston L 71–64
Midwest Drake Maury John Regional Runner-up New Mexico State L 87–78
Midwest Houston Guy Lewis Regional Fourth Place Kansas State L 107–98
Midwest Kansas State Cotton Fitzsimmons Regional Third Place Houston W 107–98
Midwest New Mexico State Lou Henson Third Place St. Bonaventure W 79–73
Midwest Rice Don Knodel First round New Mexico State L 101–77
West Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Regional Fourth Place Santa Clara L 89–86
West Santa Clara Dick Garibaldi Regional Third Place Long Beach State W 89–86
West UTEP Don Haskins First round Utah State L 91–81
West UCLA John Wooden Champion Jacksonville W 80–69
West Utah State LaDell Andersen Regional Runner-up UCLA L 101–79
West Weber State Phil Johnson First round Long Beach State L 92–73


East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    NC State 68  
      St. Bonaventure 80  
  St. Bonaventure 85
    Davidson 72  
      St. Bonaventure 97
    Villanova 74
    Villanova 77  
  Temple 69  
  Villanova 98
      Niagara 73  
  Niagara 79
    Penn 69  
East Regional Third Place
NC State 108
Niagara 88

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Iowa 103  
      Jacksonville 104  
  Jacksonville 109
    Western Kentucky 96  
      Jacksonville 106
    Kentucky 100
  Kentucky 109
      Notre Dame 99  
  Notre Dame 112
    Ohio 82  
Mideast Regional Third Place
Iowa 121
Notre Dame 106

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kansas State 66  
      New Mexico State 70  
  New Mexico State 101
    Rice 77  
      New Mexico State 87
    Drake 78
  Drake 92
      Houston 87  
  Houston 71
    Dayton 64  
Midwest Regional Third Place
Kansas State 107
Houston 98

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    UCLA 88  
      Long Beach State 65  
  Long Beach State 92
    Weber State 73  
      UCLA 101
    Utah State 79
  Santa Clara 68
      Utah State 69  
  Utah State 91
    UTEP 81  
West Regional Third Place
Long Beach State 86
Santa Clara 89

Final Four[edit]

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
  E St. Bonaventure 83  
  ME Jacksonville 91    
      ME Jacksonville 69
      W UCLA 80
  MW New Mexico State 77    
  W UCLA 93   National Third Place Game
E St. Bonaventure 73
  MW New Mexico State 79

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