1973–74 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1973–74 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
Pacific-8 Championship
Bruin Classic Championship
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1973–74 record 26–4 (12–2 Pac-8)
Head coach John Wooden
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
Seasons
1973–74 Pacific-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 UCLA 12 2   .857     26 4   .867
USC 11 3   .786     24 5   .828
Oregon 9 5   .643     15 11   .577
Washington 7 7   .500     16 10   .615
Oregon State 6 8   .429     13 13   .500
Stanford 5 9   .357     11 14   .440
California 3 11   .214     9 17   .346
Washington State 3 11   .214     8 21   .276
As of November 25, 2011[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973–74 UCLA season would be Bill Walton's final year with the school. During the season, the Bruins' 88 game winning streak would end. The defeat was a 71–70 decision to the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Coincidentally, the Bruins' last loss was to Notre Dame and Austin Carr in 1971 by a score of 89–81.

In the postseasons, UCLA's record streak of seven consecutive national titles was broken. North Carolina State defeated the Bruins 80–77 in double overtime in the NCAA semi-finals.

Pre-season[edit]

The team was ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation by both AP an UPI polls.

Regular season[edit]

  • UCLA defeated Washington 100–48 on January 5, 1974.[2]
  • The team scored 100 or more points in four regular season games. It beat Dayton 111–100 in triple overtime in the NCAA Tournament.

Players[edit]

Schedule and results[edit]

Bill Walton taking a shot.
Date Opponent Results
Nov. 30 Arkansas W 101–79
Dec. 1 Maryland W 65–64
Dec. 8 SMU W 77–60
Dec. 15 NC State W 84–66
Dec. 21 Ohio W 110–63
Dec. 22 St. Bonaventure W 111–59
Dec. 28 Wyoming W 86–58
Dec. 29 Michigan W 90–70
Jan. 5 Washington W 100–48
Jan. 7 Wash. St. W 55–45
Jan. 11 California W 92–56
Jan. 12 Stanford W 66–52
Jan. 17 Iowa W 66–44
Jan. 19 Notre Dame L 70–71*
Jan. 25 Santa Clara W 96–54
Jan. 26 Notre Dame W 94–75
Feb. 2 USC W 65–54
Feb. 8 Oregon W 84–66
Feb. 9 Oregon St. W 80–75
Feb. 15 Oregon St. L 57–61
Feb. 16 Oregon L 51–56
Feb. 22 Wash. St. W 93–68
Feb. 23 Washington W 99–65
Mar. 1 California W 83–60
Mar. 2 Stanford W 62–60
Mar. 9 USC W 82–52
Mar. 14 (Sweet 16) Dayton W 111–100 3 OTs
Mar. 16 (Elite 8) USF W 83–60
Mar. 23 (Final Four) NC State L 77–80 2 OTs
Mar. 25 (Final Four) Kansas W 78–61**

Notes: * = End of 88-game winning streak. ** = Consolation Game

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Team
1 1 Bill Walton Portland Trail Blazers
1 11 Keith Wilkes Golden State Warriors
7 115 Greg Lee Atlanta Hawks
7 117 Tommy Curtis Buffalo Braves

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