1973–74 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team

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1973–74 North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball
National Champions
ACC Tournament Champions
ACC Regular Season Champions
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1973–74 record 30–1 (12–0 ACC)
Head coach Norm Sloan
Assistant coach Ed Biedenbach
Assistant coach Sam Esposito
Assistant coach Art Musselman
Captain Game captains
Home arena Reynolds Coliseum
Seasons
« 1972–73 1974–75 »

The 1973–74 North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball team represented North Carolina State University. The Wolfpack were a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team finished undefeated in the ACC regular season, then won the ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack then won the NCAA tournament, finishing the season as the national champions.

Season summary[edit]

N.C. State had it all: a star high-jumping forward David Thompson, a towering center in 7-foot-4 Tom Burleson, a great point guard in Monte Towe and several complementary players, including guard Moe Rivers and forward Phil Spence. The Wolfpack began the season ranked #2 in the nation, behind UCLA. On December 15, 1973 the two teams met in St. Louis, with UCLA beating NC State by 84-66 after trailing by one at halftime. It would be the only loss for the Wolfpack that season. NC State avenged that loss by beating the Bruins 80-77 in two overtimes in the NCAA Tournament semi-final game and ending their streak of seven straight national championships. Two nights later NC State captured its first NCAA championship by beating Marquette 76-64.

Roster[edit]

Name # Height Year Home Town
Tommy Burleson 24 7–4 Senior Newland, NC
Mike Buurma 50 6–10 Freshman Willard, OH
Bruce Dayhuff 32 6–5 Freshman Walkerton, IN
Ken Gehring 54 6–9 Freshman Akron, OH
Greg Hawkins 14 6–5 Senior Huntington, WV
Jerry Hunt 12 6–5 Sophomore Shelby, NC
Dwight Johnson 22 6–0 Sophomore Raleigh, NC
Craig Kuszmaul 34 6–5 Junior Warren, OH
Bill Lake 35 6–11 Freshman Carmel, IN
Mark Moeller 40 6–3 Junior Canfield, OH
Steve Nuce 52 6–8 Senior Rockville, MD
Moe Rivers 10 6–1 Junior Brooklyn, NY
Steve Smith 12 6–10 Sophomore East McDowell, KY
Phil Spence 30 6–8 Sophomore Raleigh, NC
Tim Stoddard 42 6–7 Junior Hammond, IN
David Thompson 44 6–4 Junior Shelby, NC
Monte Towe 25 5–7 Junior Converse, IN

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
December 5*
#2 East Carolina W 79–47  1–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
December 7*
#2 Vermont W 97–42  2–0
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
December 15*
#2 vs. #1 UCLA L 66–84  2–1

St. Louis, MO
December 18*
#5 Georgia W 94–60  3–1
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
December 28*
#5 vs. Villanova
Sugar Bowl Tournament
W 97–82  4–1

New Orleans, LA
December 29*
#5 vs. #18 Memphis State
Sugar Bowl Tournament
W 98–83  5–1

New Orleans, LA
January 4*
#5 #4 North Carolina
Big Four Tournament
W 78–77  6–1
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
January 5*
#5 vs. Wake Forest
Big Four Tournament
W 91–73  7–1
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
January 12
#4 Clemson W 96–68  8–1
(1–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
January 13
#4 #3 Maryland W 80–74  9–1
(2–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
January 17
#3 at Virginia W 90–70  10–1
(3–0)

Charlottesville, VA
January 19*
#3 UNC-Charlotte W 104–72  11–1
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
January 22
#3 at #4 North Carolina W 83–80  12–1
(4–0)
Carmichael Auditorium
Chapel Hill, NC
January 26*
#3 at Purdue W 86–81  13–1
Mackey Arena
West Lafayette, IN
January 30
#2 at #6 Maryland W 86–80  14–1
(5–0)
Cole Field House
College Park, MD
February 2
#2 Virginia W 105–93  15–1
(6–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
February 4
#2 at Duke W 92–78  16–1
(7–0)
Cameron Indoor Stadium
Durham, NC
February 8*
#2 vs. Georgia Tech
North-South Doubleheader
W 98–54  17–1

Charlotte, NC
February 9*
#2 vs. Furman
North-South Doubleheader
W 111–91  18–1

Charlotte, NC
February 13*
#2 Davidson W 105–78  19–1
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
February 16
#2 Wake Forest W 111–96  20–1
(8–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
February 20
#1 Duke W 113–87  21–1
(9–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
February 23
#1 at Clemson W 80–75  22–1
(10–0)

Clemson, SC
February 26
#1 #4 North Carolina W 83–72  23–1
(11–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
March 2
#1 Wake Forest W 72–63  24–1
(12–0)
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
March 8*
#1 vs. Virginia
ACC Tournament
W 87–66  25–1
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
March 9*
#1 vs. #5 Maryland
ACC Tournament
W 103–100 OT 26–1
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
March 14*
#1 #5 Providence
NCAA Tournament • Regional Semifinals
W 92–78  27–1
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
March 16*
#1 #13 Pittsburgh
NCAA Tournament • Regional Final
W 100–72  28–1
Reynolds Coliseum
Raleigh, NC
March 23*
#1 vs. #2 UCLA
NCAA Tournament • National Semifinals
W 80–77 2OT 29–1
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
March 25*
#1 vs. #3 Marquette
NCAA Tournament • National Final
W 76–64  30–1
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.

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ACC Tournament[edit]

The 1974 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum from March 7–9. North Carolina State defeated Maryland 103–100 in overtime to claim the championship.

The Final pitted two of the top teams in the country. It has been regarded by many to be the greatest ACC game in history — and one of the greatest college games ever. The game was instrumental in forcing the expansion of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship to 32 teams, allowing more than one bid from a conference.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

1974 NCAA Tournament Championship Game Box Score
Player Min FG FT REB AST PF PTS
D. Thompson 40 7–12 7–8 7 2 3 21
M. Towe 37 5–10 6–7 3 2 1 16
T. Burleson 36 6–9 2–6 11 0 4 14
M. Rivers 40 4–9 6–9 2 5 2 14
T. Stoddard 25 3–4 2–2 7 2 5 8
P. Spence 19 1–2 1–2 3 3 2 3
M. Moeller 3 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26–46 24–34 34 14 17 76
  • East
    • North Carolina State 92, Providence 78
    • North Carolina State 100, Pittsburgh 72
  • Final Four
    • North Carolina State 80, UCLA 77
    • North Carolina State 76, Marquette 64

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 3 Tom Burleson Seattle SuperSonics

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References[edit]