1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1974 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals site Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
Champions NC State (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up Marquette (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Norm Sloan (1st title)
MOP David Thompson NC State
Attendance 154,112
Top scorer David Thompson NC State
(97 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1973 1975»

The 1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It was the first tournament to officially be designated as a Division I championship—previously, NCAA member schools had been divided into the "University Division" and "College Division". The NCAA created its current three-division setup, effective with the 1973–74 academic year, by moving all of its University Division schools to Division I and splitting the College Division members into Division II (fewer scholarships) and Division III (no athletic scholarships allowed). Previous tournaments would retroactively be considered Division I championships.

The tournament began on March 9, 1974, and ended with the championship game on March 25 in Greensboro, North Carolina. As of 2014, it is the last tournament in which neither school had previously appeared in any national championship game (5 years later Michigan State would defeat Indiana St in each school's inaugural Division I National Finals, but Indiana State had previously contested and lost finals in the NAIA National Championships and the NCAA Division II National Championships). A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

North Carolina State, coached by Norm Sloan, won the national title with a 76-64 victory in the final game over Marquette, coached by Al McGuire. This result ended UCLA's record streak of seven consecutive titles. David Thompson of North Carolina State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This was the final year that only conference champions could participate in the tournament. During the same time in 1974, the Collegiate Commissioners' Association held a tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. They invited the second-place teams from eight conferences to participate. In 1975, the NCAA would expand the field to include at-large bids.

Tournament notes[edit]

The UCLA - North Carolina State semifinal game made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time at #13.[1] UCLA star Bill Walton calls that game the most disappointing outcome of his entire basketball career, given how UCLA lost a 5-point lead late in regulation and a 7-point lead in the 2nd overtime. The game, played in Greensboro, was like a home game for the Wolfpack; UCLA had defeated NC State by 18 points in a neutral site game in St. Louis (where UCLA defeated Memphis State the previous March to win its seventh consecutive national championship) earlier in the season.

The Wolfpack became the fifth school in history to win the national championship playing in its home state. CCNY won the 1950 NCAA championship (as well as the NIT championship) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Kentucky won the 1958 championship at Freedom Hall in Louisville, and UCLA won both the 1968 and 1972 championships at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. UCLA also would win the 1975 championship in its home state, at the San Diego Sports Arena. No team has accomplished the feat since then, although the Kansas Jayhawks won the 1988 championship in nearby Kansas City, Missouri, at Kemper Arena, which is closer to the KU campus in Lawrence, Kansas than Greensboro is to Raleigh.


Region Site Other Locations
East Raleigh, North Carolina Jamaica, New York; Morgantown, West Virginia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mideast Tuscaloosa, Alabama Terre Haute, Indiana
Midwest Tulsa, Oklahoma Denton, Texas
West Tucson, Arizona Pocatello, Idaho
Finals Greensboro, North Carolina


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Furman Joe Williams Regional Fourth Place Providence L 95-83
East n/a North Carolina State Norm Sloan Champion Marquette W 76-64
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly First round Providence L 84-69
East n/a Pittsburgh Buzz Ridl Regional Runner-up North Carolina State L 100-72
East n/a Providence Dave Gavitt Regional Third Place Furman W 95-83
East n/a South Carolina Frank McGuire First round Furman L 75-67
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack McKinney First round Pittsburgh L 54-42
Mideast n/a Austin Peay Lake Kelly First round Notre Dame L 108-66
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Runner Up North Carolina State L 76-64
Mideast n/a Michigan Johnny Orr Regional Runner-up Marquette L 72-70
Mideast n/a Notre Dame Digger Phelps Regional Third Place Vanderbilt W 118-88
Mideast n/a Ohio James Snyder First round Marquette L 85-59
Mideast n/a Vanderbilt Roy Skinner Regional Fourth Place Notre Dame L 118-88
Midwest n/a Creighton Eddie Sutton Regional Third Place Louisville W 80-71
Midwest n/a Kansas Ted Owens Fourth Place UCLA L 78-61
Midwest n/a Louisville Denny Crum Regional Fourth Place Creighton L 80-71
Midwest n/a Oral Roberts Ken Trickey Regional Runner-up Kansas L 93-90
Midwest n/a Syracuse Roy Danforth First round Oral Roberts L 86-82
Midwest n/a Texas Leon Black First round Creighton L 77-61
West n/a Cal State Los Angeles Bob Miller First round Dayton L 88-80
West n/a Dayton Don Donoher Regional Fourth Place New Mexico L 66-61
West n/a Idaho State Jim Killingsworth First round New Mexico L 73-65
West n/a New Mexico Norm Ellenberger Regional Third Place Dayton W 66-61
West n/a San Francisco Bob Gaillard Regional Runner-up UCLA L 83-60
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Third Place Kansas W 78-61


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     N.C. State 92  
       Providence 78  
   Providence 84
     Pennsylvania 69  
       N.C. State 100
     Pittsburgh 72
     Pittsburgh 54  
   St. Joseph's 42  
   Pittsburgh 81
       Furman 78  
   Furman 75
     South Carolina 67  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 111  
       Dayton 100  
   Dayton 88
     Cal State Los Angeles 80  
       UCLA 83
     San Francisco 60
   San Francisco 64
       New Mexico 61  
   New Mexico 73
     Idaho State 65  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Vanderbilt 61  
       Marquette 69  
   Marquette 85
     Ohio U 59  
       Marquette 72
     Michigan 70
   Michigan 77
       Notre Dame 68  
   Notre Dame 108
     Austin Peay 66  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kansas 55  
       Creighton 54  
   Creighton 77
     Texas 61  
       Kansas 93
     Oral Roberts 90*
   Louisville 93
       Oral Roberts 96  
   Oral Roberts 86
     Syracuse 82*  

Final Four[edit]

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
  E  N.C. State 80**  
  W  UCLA 77    
      E  N.C. State 76
      ME  Marquette 64
  ME  Marquette 64    
  MW  Kansas 51   National Third Place Game
W  UCLA 78
  MW  Kansas 61


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