1972 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1972 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals site Memorial Sports Arena
Los Angeles, California
Champions UCLA (8th title, 8th title game,
9th Final Four)
Runner-up Florida State (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach John Wooden (8th title)
MOP Bill Walton UCLA
Attendance 147,304
Top scorer Jim Price Louisville
(103 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1971 1973»

The 1972 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of NCAA University Division (the predecessor to today's Division I) college basketball. It began on March 11, 1972, and ended with the championship game on March 25 in Los Angeles, California. A total of 29 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 an 81–76 victory in the final game over Florida State, coached by Hugh Durham. Bill Walton of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

In a historically significant note, the University of Southwestern Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns made the tournament in their first season of eligibility for postseason play. No school would repeat this feat in the men's tournament until North Dakota State in 2009.[1] Southwestern Louisiana also made the tournament in 1973, but due to major infractions that resulted in the basketball program receiving the NCAA death penalty (and very nearly expelled from the NCAA altogether), both appearances have since been vacated and the records expunged.


Region Site Other Locations
East Morgantown, West Virginia Jamaica, New York, Princeton, New Jersey, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mideast Dayton, Ohio Knoxville, Tennessee
Midwest Ames, Iowa Las Cruces, New Mexico
West Provo, Utah Pocatello, Idaho
Finals Los Angeles, California


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a East Carolina Tom Quinn First round Villanova L 85-70
East n/a North Carolina Dean Smith Third Place Louisville W 105-91
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 73-59
East n/a Providence Dave Gavitt First round Penn L 76-60
East n/a South Carolina Frank McGuire Regional Third Place Villanova W 90-78
East n/a Temple Harry Litwack First round South Carolina L 53-51
East n/a Villanova Jack Kraft Regional Fourth Place South Carolina L 90-78
Mideast n/a Eastern Kentucky Guy Strong First round Florida State L 83-81
Mideast n/a Florida State Hugh Durham Runner Up UCLA L 81-76
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Florida State L 73-54
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Regional Fourth Place Minnesota L 77-72
Mideast n/a Minnesota Bill Musselman Regional Third Place Marquette W 77-72
Mideast n/a Ohio James Snyder First round Marquette L 73-49
Midwest n/a Houston Guy Lewis First round Texas L 85-74
Midwest n/a Kansas State Jack Hartman Regional Runner-up Louisville L 72-65
Midwest n/a Southwestern Louisiana (Vacated) Beryl Shipley Regional Third Place Texas W 100-70
Midwest n/a Louisville Denny Crum Fourth Place North Carolina L 105-91
Midwest n/a Marshall Carl Tacy First round Southwestern Louisiana L 112-101
Midwest n/a Texas Leon Black Regional Fourth Place Southwestern Louisiana L 100-70
West n/a BYU Stan Watts First round Long Beach State L 95-90
West n/a Hawaii Red Rocha First round Weber State L 91-64
West n/a Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Regional Runner-up UCLA L 73-57
West n/a San Francisco Bob Gaillard Regional Third Place Weber State W 74-64
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion Florida State W 81-76
West n/a Weber State Gene Visscher Regional Fourth Place San Francisco L 74-64


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     North Carolina 92  
       South Carolina 69  
   South Carolina 53
     Temple 51  
       North Carolina 73
     Pennsylvania 59
     Pennsylvania 76  
   Providence 60  
   Pennsylvania 78
       Villanova 67  
   Villanova 85
     East Carolina 70  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Minnesota 56  
       Florida State 70  
   Florida State 83
     E. Kentucky 81  
       Florida State 73
     Kentucky 54
   Kentucky 85
       Marquette 69  
   Marquette 73
     Ohio U 49  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Louisville 88  
       Southwest Louisiana 84  
   Southwest Louisiana 112
     Marshall 101  
       Louisville 72
     Kansas State 65
   Kansas State 66
       Texas 55  
   Texas 85
     Houston 74  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 90  
       Weber State 58  
   Weber State 91
     Hawaii 64  
       UCLA 73
     Long Beach State 57
   San Francisco 55
       Long Beach State 75  
   Long Beach State 95
     BYU 90*  

Final Four[edit]

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
  E  North Carolina 75  
  ME  Florida State 79    
      ME  Florida State 76
      W  UCLA 81
  MW  Louisville 77    
  W  UCLA 96   National Third Place Game
E  North Carolina 105
  MW  Louisville 91