1967 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1967 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 Saturday, March 11, and ended two weeks later with the championship game on March 25 in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of 27 games were played, including a third-place game in each region and a national third-place game.

1967 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteFreedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
ChampionsUCLA Bruins (3rd title, 3rd title game,
4th Final Four)
Runner-upDayton Flyers (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachJohn Wooden (3rd title)
MOPLew Alcindor (UCLA)
Top scorerElvin Hayes Houston
(128 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1966 1968»

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 79–64 victory in the final game over Dayton, coached by Don Donoher. Sophomore center Lew Alcindor (later named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. This was the first of seven consecutive NCAA titles for UCLA and the first of three consecutive Most Outstanding Player awards for Alcindor.


Round Region Site Venue
First Round East Blacksburg, Virginia Cassell Coliseum
East Kingston, Rhode Island Keaney Gymnasium
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Memorial Coliseum
& West
Fort Collins, Colorado Colorado State Auditorium-Gymnasium
Regionals East College Park, Maryland Cole Field House
Mideast Evanston, Illinois McGaw Memorial Hall
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Allen Fieldhouse
West Corvallis, Oregon Gill Coliseum
Final Four Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall

For the fifth time, Louisville and Freedom Hall would host the final Four. Once again all the venues used were either on college campuses or, in the case of Freedom Hall, the off-campus main venue for a college team. The tournament saw two new venues used for the first time. The tournament came to New England, the state of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island for the first time, with games played at Keaney Gym. This was one of two different venues used for East first round games, along with Cassell Coliseum. Meanwhile, for the third straight year the Midwest & West first round games were played at a single site. For the first time, the tournament came to Colorado, with games played at Colorado State Auditorium-Gymnasium (commonly referred to as Moby Gym for its whaleback-style roof). This would be the only time the tournament would be played at Colorado State University and is, to date, the only college campus in the state of Colorado to host tournament games (all other games have been played in downtown Denver). This would also be the last time the tournament would be held in Blacksburg, with Williamsburg hosting the tournament next within the state of Virginia, a few years later.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Boston College Bob Cousy Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 96–80
East Connecticut Fred Shabel First round Boston College L 48–42
East North Carolina Dean Smith Fourth Place Houston L 84–62
East Princeton Butch van Breda Kolff Regional Third Place St. John's W 78–58
East St. John's Lou Carnesecca Regional Fourth Place Princeton L 78–58
East Temple Harry Litwack First round St. John's L 57–53
East West Virginia Bucky Waters First round Princeton L 68–57
Mideast Dayton Don Donoher Runner Up UCLA L 79–64
Mideast Indiana Lou Watson Regional Third Place Tennessee W 51–44
Mideast Tennessee Ray Mears Regional Fourth Place Indiana L 51–44
Mideast Toledo Bob Nichols First round Virginia Tech L 82–76
Mideast Virginia Tech Howie Shannon Regional Runner-up Dayton L 71–66
Mideast Western Kentucky Johnny Oldham First round Dayton L 69–67
Midwest Houston Guy Lewis Third Place North Carolina W 84–62
Midwest Kansas Ted Owens Regional Third Place Louisville W 70–68
Midwest Louisville Peck Hickman Regional Fourth Place Kansas L 70–68
Midwest New Mexico State Lou Henson First round Houston L 59–58
Midwest SMU Doc Hayes Regional Runner-up Houston L 83–75
West Pacific Dick Edwards Regional Runner-up UCLA L 80–64
West Seattle Lionel Purcell First round Texas Western L 62–54
West Texas Western Don Haskins Regional Third Place Wyoming W 69–67
West UCLA John Wooden Champion Dayton W 79–64
West Wyoming Bill Strannigan Regional Fourth Place Texas Western L 69–67


* – Denotes overtime period

East regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    North Carolina 78  
      Princeton 70*  
  Princeton 68
    West Virginia 57  
      North Carolina 96
    Boston College 80
    St. John's 57  
  Temple 53  
  St. John's 62
      Boston College 63  
  Boston College 48
    Connecticut 42  

Mideast regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Tennessee 52  
      Dayton 53  
  Dayton 69
    Western Kentucky 67*  
      Dayton 71
    Virginia Tech 66
  Indiana 70
      Virginia Tech 79  
  Virginia Tech 82
    Toledo 76  

Midwest regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    SMU 83  
      Louisville 81  
      SMU 75
    Houston 83
  Kansas 53
      Houston 66  
  Houston 59
    New Mexico State 58  

West regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    UCLA 109  
      Wyoming 60  
      UCLA 80
    Pacific 64
  Pacific 72
      Texas Western 63  
  Texas Western 62
    Seattle 54  

Final FourEdit

  National Semifinals
Friday, March 24
    Championship Game
Saturday, March 25
  E North Carolina 62  
  ME Dayton 76    
      ME Dayton 64
      W UCLA 79
  MW Houston 58    
  W UCLA 73   Third Place Game[3]
MW Houston 84
  E North Carolina 62

Regional Third Place GamesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "UCLA to face possible Wyoming stall". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). March 17, 1967. p. 1B.
  2. ^ Uhrhammer, Jerry (March 19, 1967). "Strong Tigers extend UCLA". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1B.
  3. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "UCLA, Dayton clash tonight for NCAA hoop title". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 25, 1967. p. 1B.
  5. ^ Cawood, Neil (March 19, 1967). "Miners nip Wyoming". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 2B.