1973 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1973 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals site St. Louis Arena
St. Louis, Missouri
Champions UCLA (9th title, 9th title game,
10th Final Four)
Runner-up Memphis State (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach John Wooden (9th title)
MOP Bill Walton UCLA
Attendance 163,160
Top scorer Ernie DiGregorio Providence
(128 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1972 1974»

The 1973 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA University Division (the predecessor to today's Division I, which would be created later in 1973) college basketball. It began on March 10, 1973, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in St. Louis, Missouri. A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game. This was the first year that the championship game was held on a Monday night, after the semifinals on Saturday. It has remained that way ever since. Previously the championship game was on Saturday with the semi finals on either Thursday or Friday.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with an 87–66 victory in the final game over Memphis State, coached by Gene Bartow. This gave UCLA their 7th consecutive title. Bill Walton of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Tournament notes[edit]

The UCLA - Memphis State championship game made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time at #18.[1] Bill Walton set a championship game record, hitting 21 of 22 shots and scoring 44 points.

This tournament marked the first appearance of Bob Knight as coach of Indiana University.

Locations[edit]

Region Site Other Locations
East Charlotte, North Carolina Jamaica, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mideast Nashville, Tennessee Dayton, Ohio
Midwest Houston, Texas Wichita, Kansas
West Los Angeles, California Logan, Utah
Finals St. Louis, Missouri

Teams[edit]

Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East Furman Joe Williams First round Syracuse L 83–82
East Maryland Lefty Driesell Regional Runner-up Providence L 103–89
East Penn Chuck Daly Regional Fourth Place Syracuse L 69–68
East Providence Dave Gavitt Fourth Place Indiana L 97–79
East St. John's Frank Mulzoff First round Penn L 62–61
East Saint Joseph's Jack McKinney First round Providence L 89–76
East Syracuse Roy Danforth Regional Third Place Penn W 69–68
Mideast
Mideast Austin Peay Lake Kelly Regional Fourth Place Marquette L 88–73
Mideast Indiana Bob Knight Third Place Providence W 97–79
Mideast Jacksonville Tom Wasdin First round Austin Peay L 77–75
Mideast Kentucky Joe B. Hall Regional Runner-up Indiana L 72–65
Mideast Marquette Al McGuire Regional Third Place Austin Peay W 88–73
Mideast Miami (OH) Darrell Hedric First round Marquette L 77–62
Midwest
Midwest Houston Guy Lewis First round Southwestern Louisiana L 102–89
Midwest Kansas State Jack Hartman Regional Runner-up Memphis State L 92–72
Midwest Southwestern Louisiana (Vacated) Beryl Shipley Regional Fourth Place South Carolina L 90–85
Midwest Memphis State Gene Bartow Runner Up UCLA L 87–66
Midwest South Carolina Frank McGuire Regional Third Place Southwestern Louisiana W 90–85
Midwest Texas Tech Gerald Myers First round South Carolina L 78–70
West
West Arizona State Ned Wulk Regional Fourth Place Long Beach State L 84–80
West Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Regional Third Place Arizona State W 84–80
West Oklahoma City Abe Lemons First round Arizona State L 103–78
West San Francisco Bob Gaillard Regional Runner-up UCLA L 54–39
West UCLA John Wooden Champion Memphis State W 87–66
West Weber State Gene Visscher First round Long Beach State L 88–75

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period


East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
       
    Maryland 91  
      Syracuse 75  
  Syracuse 83
    Furman 82  
      Maryland 89
    Providence 103
    Penn 62  
  St. John's 61  
  Penn 65
      Providence 87  
  Providence 89
    Saint Joseph's 76  
East Regional Third Place
     
Syracuse 69
Penn 68

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
       
    Indiana 75  
      Marquette 69  
  Marquette 77
    Miami (OH) 62  
      Indiana 72
    Kentucky 65
         
       
  Kentucky 106
      Austin Peay 100*  
  Austin Peay 77
    Jacksonville 75  
Mideast Regional Third Place
     
Marquette 88
Austin Peay 73

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
       
    Memphis State 90  
      South Carolina 76  
  South Carolina 78
    Texas Tech 70  
      Memphis State 92
    Kansas State 72
         
       
  Kansas State 66
      Southwest Louisiana 63  
  Southwest Louisiana 102
    Houston 89  
Midwest Regional Third Place
     
South Carolina 90
Southwestern Louisiana 85

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
       
    UCLA 98  
      Arizona State 81  
  Arizona State 103
    Oklahoma City 78  
      UCLA 54
    San Francisco 39
         
       
  San Francisco 77
      Long Beach State 67  
  Long Beach State 88
    Weber State 75  
West Regional Third Place
     
Arizona State 80
Long Beach State 84

Final Four[edit]

UCLA won its seventh consecutive championship
  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
                 
  E Providence 85  
  MW Memphis State 98    
      MW Memphis State 66
      W UCLA 87
  ME Indiana 59    
  W UCLA 70   National Third Place Game
 
ME Indiana 97
  E Providence 79

Aftermath[edit]

The 1973 NC State Wolfpack team averaged 93 ppg, led the nation in win margin (21.8 ppg), and posted a 27–0 record, but was ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA probation. David Thompson, a two-time national Player of the Year, and All-American Tom Burleson, led NC State to a 30–1 record the following season, losing only to seven-time defending champion UCLA. The Wolfpack avenged its only loss during the two-year period by defeating UCLA in the 1974 Final Four and winning the title.

Gene Bartow, the Memphis State coach, would be John Wooden's successor at UCLA after the 1974–1975 season.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mike Douchant - Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002