1974 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament

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1974 NCAA 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 Division I Men's Tournaments
«1973 1975»

The 1974 NCAA 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 2017, 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 and independents 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 for conference runners-up.

Tournament notes[edit]

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


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    NC State 92  
      Providence 78  
  Providence 84
    Penn 69  
      NC State 100
    Pittsburgh 72
    Pittsburgh 54  
  Saint Joseph's 42  
  Pittsburgh 81
      Furman 78  
  Furman 75
    South Carolina 67  
East Regional Third Place
Providence 95
Furman 83

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Vanderbilt 61  
      Marquette 69  
  Marquette 85
    Ohio 59  
      Marquette 72
    Michigan 70
  Michigan 77
      Notre Dame 68  
  Notre Dame 108
    Austin Peay 66  
Mideast Regional Third Place
Vanderbilt 88
Notre Dame 118

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*  
Midwest Regional Third Place
Creighton 80
Louisville 71

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  
West Regional Third Place
Dayton 61
New Mexico 66

Final Four[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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