1965 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1965 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1965, and ended with the championship game on March 20 in Portland, Oregon. A total of 27 games were played, including a third-place game in each region and a national third-place game.

1965 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMemorial Coliseum
Portland, Oregon
ChampionsUCLA Bruins (2nd title, 2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-upMichigan Wolverines (1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coachJohn Wooden (2nd title)
MOPBill Bradley (Princeton)
Top scorerBill Bradley Princeton
(177 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1964 1966»

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 91–80 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Dave Strack. Bill Bradley of Princeton was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

UCLA finished the season with 28 wins and two defeats. In the championship game, the Bruins shot 56.9% with Gail Goodrich's 42 points and Kenny Washington's 17 points to become the fifth team to win consecutive championships.[1]

Of note, this was the last NCAA Tournament for Henry Iba of Oklahoma State.


Bowling Green
College Park
First round (green), Regionals (blue), and Final Four (red)
Round Region Location Venue
First Round East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra
Mideast Bowling Green, Kentucky E. A. Diddle Arena
& West
Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
Regionals East College Park, Maryland Cole Field House
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Memorial Coliseum
Midwest Manhattan, Kansas Ahearn Field House
West Provo, Utah Smith Fieldhouse
Final Four Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum

Portland, Oregon became the eighth host city, and the Memorial Coliseum the ninth host venue, of the Final Four. At the time the five-year-old arena was the third-youngest arena to host a Final Four, after Freedom Hall (2 years old at the time of its first Final Four) and McGaw Memorial Hall (4 years old), and the first opened in the 1960s. The tournament featured one new venue and host site, as the tournament came to Western Kentucky State College and E.A. Diddle Arena, the home of the Hilltoppers. Meanwhile, the midwest and west regional first rounds were played in one arena, the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. All eight venues used in the tournament in 1965 would host games again afterwards.


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East Connecticut Fred Shabel Yankee First round Saint Joseph's L 67–61
East NC State Press Maravich Atlantic Coast Regional Third Place Saint Joseph's W 103–81
East Penn State John Egli Independent First round Princeton L 60–58
East Princeton Butch van Breda Kolff Ivy League Third Place Wichita State W 118–82
East Providence Joe Mullaney Independent Regional Runner-up Princeton L 109–69
East Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Middle Atlantic Regional Fourth Place NC State L 103–81
East West Virginia George King Southern First round Providence L 91–67
Mideast Dayton Don Donoher Independent Regional Third Place DePaul W 75–69
Mideast DePaul Ray Meyer Independent Regional Fourth Place Dayton L 75–69
Mideast Eastern Kentucky Jim Baechtold Ohio Valley First round DePaul L 99–52
Mideast Michigan Dave Strack Big Ten Runner Up UCLA L 91–80
Mideast Ohio James Snyder Mid-American First round Dayton L 66–65
Mideast Vanderbilt Roy Skinner Southeastern Regional Runner-up Michigan L 87–85
Midwest Houston Guy Lewis Independent Regional Fourth Place SMU L 89–87
Midwest Notre Dame John Dee Independent First round Houston L 99–98
Midwest Oklahoma State Henry Iba Big Eight Regional Runner-up Wichita State L 54–46
Midwest SMU Doc Hayes Southwest Regional Third Place Houston W 89–87
Midwest Wichita State Gary Thompson Missouri Valley Fourth Place Princeton L 118–82
West BYU Stan Watts Western Athletic Regional Fourth Place Oklahoma City L 112–102
West Colorado State Jim Williams Independent First round Oklahoma City L 70–68
West Oklahoma City Abe Lemons Independent Regional Third Place BYU W 112–102
West San Francisco Pete Peletta West Coast Athletic Regional Runner-up UCLA L 101–93
West UCLA John Wooden AAWU Champion Michigan W 91–80


* – Denotes overtime period

East regionEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  NC State 48
  Princeton 66
  Princeton 60
  Penn State 58
  Princeton 109
  Providence 69
  Saint Joseph's 67
  Connecticut 61
  Saint Joseph's 73*
  Providence 81
  Providence 91
  West Virginia 67

Mideast regionEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Michigan 98
  Dayton 71
  Dayton 66
  Ohio 65
  Michigan 87
  Vanderbilt 85
  Vanderbilt 83
  DePaul 78*
  DePaul 99
  Eastern Kentucky 52

Midwest regionEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Wichita State 86
  SMU 81
  Wichita State 54
  Oklahoma State 46
  Oklahoma State 75
  Houston 60
  Houston 99
  Notre Dame 98

West regionEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  UCLA 100
  BYU 76
  UCLA 101
  San Francisco 93
  San Francisco 91
  Oklahoma City 67
  Oklahoma City 70
  Colorado State 68

Final FourEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E Princeton 76
ME Michigan 93
ME Michigan 80
MW Wichita State 89
W UCLA 108

National Third Place GameEdit

National Third Place Game [2]
E Princeton 118
MW Wichita State 82

Regional Third Place GamesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New York Times, March 21, 1965
  2. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.