1974–75 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

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1974–75 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
Pacific-8 Conference title
Maryland Invitational Championship
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. Kentucky, W, 92–85
Conference Pacific-8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 1
1974–75 record 28–3 (12–2 Pac-8)
Head coach John Wooden
Assistant coach Gary Cunningham
Home arena Pauley Pavilion
Seasons
1974–75 Pacific-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UCLA 12 2   .857     28 3   .903
Oregon State 10 4   .714     19 12   .613
USC 8 6   .571     18 8   .692
California 7 7   .500     17 9   .654
Oregon 6 8   .429     21 9   .700
Washington 6 8   .429     16 10   .615
Stanford 6 8   .429     12 14   .462
Washington State 1 13   .071     10 16   .385
As of November 25, 2011[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

In head coach John R. Wooden's final game, the 1974–75 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won the team's tenth National Championship in twelve years over the Kentucky Wildcats (92–85), in the San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California.

The Bruins defeated Michigan in the first round. In the West Regional, UCLA beat Montana and Arizona State to advance to the Final Four. Washington scored 26 points to give UCLA an overtime victory over Louisville, 75–74, in the semi-finals game. After the game, Coach Wooden announced that the championship game would be his last game.

Season Summary[edit]

This UCLA team was far from the most talented coached by the legendary John Wooden. It was a team without superstars, in fact, but it turned out to be one of Wooden’s favorites, for it sent him into retirement with a 92-85 victory over Kentucky in the 1975 National Title game behind center Richard Washington’s 28 points. The championship was Wooden’s 10th, a record that was broken by Geno Auriemma when he won his 11th in 2016.

Players[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular season
11/29/1974*
No. 2 Wichita State W 85-74  1–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,014)
Los Angeles, CA
11/30/1974*
No. 2 DePaul W 79-64  2–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,101)
Los Angeles, CA
12/06/1974*
No. 2 Loyola (IL) W 84-67  3–0
Pauley Pavilion (12, 102)
Los Angeles, CA
12/07/1974*
No. 2 Oklahoma State W 82-51  4–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,008)
Los Angeles, CA
12/20/1974*
No. 3 No. 11 Memphis State W 113-94  5–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,295)
Los Angeles, CA
12/21/1974*
No. 3 No. 12 Notre Dame W 85-72  6–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,673)
Los Angeles, CA
12/27/1974*
No. 3 vs. St. Bonaventure
Maryland Invitational Tournament
W 73-62  7–0
Cole Field House (14,500)
College Park, MD
12/28/1974*
No. 3 vs. No. 5 Maryland
Maryland Invitational Tournament
W 81-75  8–0
Cole Field House (14,500)
College Park, MD
01/03/1975*
No. 3 Davidson W 91-64  9-0
Pauley Pavilion (12,037)
Los Angeles, CA
01/4/1975*
No. 3 Oklahoma W 111-66  10-0
Pauley Pavilion (12,407)
Los Angeles, CA
01/9/1975
No. 2 Washington W 92-82  11-0
(1–0)
Pauley Pavilion (12,685)
Los Angeles, CA
01/11/1975
No. 2 Washington State W 77-69  12-0
(2–0)
Pauley Pavilion (12,357)
Los Angeles, CA
01/17/1975
No. 2 at Stanford L 60-64  12-1
(2–1)
Maples Pavilion (7,803)
Stanford, CA
01/18/1975
No. 2 California W 102-72  13-1
(3–1)
Harmon Gym (6,200)
Berkeley, CA
01/23/1975*
No. 4 UC Santa Barbara W 104-76  14–1
Pauley Pavilion (12,011)
Los Angeles, CA
1/25/1975*
No. 4 at Notre Dame L 78-84  14-2
Athletic & Convocation Center  (11,345)
Notre Dame, IN
02/01/1975
No. 4 No. 6 USC W 89-84  15–2 (4–1)
Pauley Pavilion (12,884)
Los Angeles, CA
02/07/1975
No. 2 at Oregon State W 67-60  16-2 (5–1)
Gill Coliseum (10,095)
Corvallis, OR
02/08/1975
No. 2 at No. 9 Oregon W 107-103  17-2 (6–1)
McArthur Court (10,000)
Eugene, Oregon
02/14/1975
No. 2 Oregon W 96-66  18-2
(7–1)
Pauley Pavilion (12,451)
Los Angeles, CA
02/15/1975
No. 2 No. 17 Oregon State W 74-62  19-2
(8–1)
Pauley Pavilion (12,762)
Los Angeles, CA
02/20/1975
No. 2 at Washington State W 69-61  20-2
(9–1)
Beasley Coliseum (7,100)
Pullman, WA
02/22/1975
No. 2 at Washington L 81-103  20-3
(9–2)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion (10,000)
Seattle, WA
02/28/1975
No. 5 California W 51-47  21-3
(10–2)
Pauley Pavilion (12,392)
Los Angeles, CA
03/01/1975
No. 5 Stanford W 93-59  22-3
(11–2)
Pauley Pavilion (12,833)
Los Angeles, CA
03/08/1975
No. 4 at No. 11 USC W 72-68  23–3
(12–2)
Los Angeles Sports Arena (14,044)
Los Angeles, CA
NCAA Tournament
03/15/1975*
No. 2 vs. Michigan
Regional First Round Playoff
W 103-91 ot 24–3
Beasley Coliseum (10,150)
Pullman, WA
03/20/1975*
No. 2 vs. Montana
NCAA Regional Semifinals
W 67-64  25-3
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (9,797)
Portland, OR
03/22/1975*
No. 2 vs. No. 7 Arizona State
NCAA Regional Championship Game
W 89-75  26-3
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (8,534)
Portland, OR
03/29/1975*
No. 1 vs. No. 4 Louisville
NCAA National Semifinals
W 75-74 ot 27-3
San Diego Sports Arena (15,151)
San Diego
03/31/1975*
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Kentucky
NCAA Championship Game
W 92-85  28-3
San Diego Sports Arena (15,151)
San Diego
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pacific-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved November 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ UCLA Media Guide
  3. ^ Reilly on Wooden

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