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1963–64 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

The 1963–64 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won its first NCAA National Basketball Championship under head coach John R. Wooden in his 16th year at UCLA. Assistant coach Jerry Norman convinced a reluctant Wooden to use the zone press, which the team had never utilized before.[2][3][4] The press quickened the pace of the game and was influential in the first two national titles won by the Bruins, who were undersized.[2][5]

1963–64 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
1964 UCLA Bruins.jpg
AAWU Regular Season Champions
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1963–64 record30–0 (15–0 AAWU)
Head coachJohn Wooden (16th season)
Assistant coachJerry Norman
Assistant coachDenny Crum
CaptainWalt Hazzard
Jack Hirsch
Home arenaLos Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Seasons
1963–64 AAWU Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UCLA 15 0   1.000     30 0   1.000
Stanford 9 6   .600     15 10   .600
California 8 7   .533     13 14   .481
USC 6 9   .400     10 16   .385
Washington 5 10   .333     9 17   .346
Washington State 2 13   .133     5 21   .192
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

In the national title game, the Bruins defeated Duke, coached by Vic Bubas, by the score of 98–83. Walt Hazzard of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. It was the team's 30th consecutive win, played before 10,684 fans in Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri, March 21, 1964.[6]

High scorers were Gail Goodrich, 27 points; Kenny Washington, 26; Jack Hirsch, 13; and Hazzard, 11. Hazzard, Keith Erickson and Duke's Jeff Mullins fouled out of the game.

In the semi-final game, Erickson and Hazzard scored 28 and 19 points respectively to help UCLA to defeat Kansas State 90–84 on March 20.

Contents

RosterEdit

1963–64 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 43 Steve Brucker 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
G 25 Chuck Darrow 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
F 53 Keith Erickson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr San Francisco, California
G 25 Gail Goodrich 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Los Angeles, California
F 30 Kent Graham 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
G 42 Walt Hazzard 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Wilmington, Delaware
F 50 Jack Hirsch 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Sr Brooklyn, New York
C 34 Vaughn Hoffman 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
G 20 Mike Huggins 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
F 52 Rich Levin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
C 32 Doug McIntosh 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
So Lily, Kentucky
C 35 Fred Slaughter 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr Topeka, Kansas
F 54 Kim Stewart 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
F 44 Kenny Washington 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
So Beaufort, South Carolina
Head coach

John Wooden (Purdue)

Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 26 September 2017

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
December 6, 1963*
BYU W 113–71  1–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
December 7, 1963*
Butler W 80–65  2–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
December 13, 1963*
vs. Kansas State W 78–75  3–0
Allen Fieldhouse 
Lawrence, KS
December 14, 1963*
vs. Kansas W 74–54  4–0
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, KS
December 20, 1963*
No. 6 vs. Baylor W 112–61  5–0
Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
December 21, 1963*
No. 6 vs. Creighton W 112–61  6–0
Long Beach Arena 
Long Beach, CA
December 26, 1963*
No. 4 Yale
L.A. Classic
W 95–65  7–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
December 27, 1963*
No. 4 No. 3 Michigan
L.A. Classic
W 98–80  8–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
December 28, 1963*
No. 4 Illinois
L.A. Classic
W 83–79  9–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
January 3, 1964
No. 2 at Washington State W 88–83  10–0
(1–0)
Bohler Gymnasium 
Pullman, WA
January 4, 1964
No. 2 at Washington State W 121–77  11–0
(2–0)
Bohler Gymnasium 
Pullman, WA
January 10, 1964
No. 1 USC W 79–59  12–0
(3–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
January 11, 1964
No. 1 USC W 78–71  13–0
(4–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
January 17, 1964
No. 1 Stanford W 84–71  14–0
(5–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
January 18, 1964
No. 1 Stanford W 80–61  15–0
(6–0)
Santa Monica City College 
Santa Monica, CA
January 31, 1964*
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara W 107–76  16–0
Robertson Gymnasium 
Santa Barbara, CA
February 1, 1964*
No. 1 UC Santa Barbara W 87–59  17–0
Santa Monica City College 
Santa Monica, CA
February 7, 1964
No. 1 at California W 87–67  18–0
(7–0)
Harmon Gym 
Berkeley, CA
February 8, 1964
No. 1 at California W 58–56  19–0
(8–0)
Harmon Gym 
Berkeley, CA
February 14, 1964
No. 1 at Washington W 73–58  20–0
(9–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
February 15, 1964
No. 1 at Washington W 88–60  21–0
(10–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
February 22, 1964
No. 1 at Stanford W 100–88  22–0
(11–0)
Burnham Pavilion 
Stanford, CA
February 24, 1964
No. 1 at Washington W 78–64  23–0
(12–0)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion 
Seattle, WA
February 29, 1964
No. 1 at Washington State W 93–56  24–0
(13–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
March 2, 1964
No. 1 at California W 87–57  25–0
(14–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
March 6, 1964
No. 1 at USC W 91–81  26–0
(15–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
NCAA Tournament
March 13, 1964
No. 1 at Seattle
Regional Semifinals
W 95–90  27–0
Gill Coliseum 
Corvallis, OR
March 14, 1964
No. 1 at San Francisco
Regional Finals
W 76–72  28–0
Gill Coliseum 
Corvallis, OR
March 20, 1964
No. 1 at Kansas State
National Semifinals
W 90–84  29–0
Municipal Auditorium 
Kansas, City, MO
March 21, 1964
No. 1 at No. 3 Duke
National Championship Game
W 98–83  30–0
Municipal Auditorium 
Kansas City, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[7]

NotesEdit

  • In the Los Angeles Basketball Classic, UCLA defeated then third-ranked Michigan, 98-80 in front of 14,241 in the Sports Arena.
  • The half time National Championship game score was UCLA 50, Duke 38.
  • Duke's height was no advantage. Duke had two 6-foot-10-inch (2.08 m) players — Hack Tison and Jay Buckley.
  • By winning the Championships, six Bruins automatically qualified for trials on the United States Olympic basketball team.
  • Hazzard received All-American honors for the second consecutive season, and was named the nation's Player of the Year by the Helms Athletic Foundation/USBWA.
  • Hazzard finished the season with 1,401 points, the all-time leading scorer.
  • Goodrich and Hirsch were named All-AAWU first team.[8]
  • Wooden was the UPI's Coach of the Year for the first time.

Draft listEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Crowe, Jerry (March 19, 2007). "This right-hand man could use a pat on back". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Chortkoff, Mitch (March 13, 2014). "What Might Have Been For UCLA Basketball". Culver City Observer. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Florence, Mal (June 2, 1994). "Don't Press It: New Wrinkle Was Norman's". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Whicker, Mark (March 8, 2014). "UCLA's first reign-drop". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on July 22, 2015.
  6. ^ New York Times, March 22, 1964
  7. ^ "SEASON-BY-SEASON RECORDS" (PDF). UCLA Athletics.
  8. ^ 1964 and 1965 NCAA Championship Teams to be Honored Archived 2009-01-30 at the Wayback Machine

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