1969 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1969 NCAA University Division Men's Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1969, and ended with the championship game on March 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. Including consolation games in each of the regions and an overall consolation game, a total of 29 games were played.

1969 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteFreedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
ChampionsUCLA Bruins (5th title, 5th title game,
6th Final Four)
Runner-upPurdue Boilermakers (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachJohn Wooden (5th title)
MOPLew Alcindor (UCLA)
Top scorerRick Mount Purdue
(122 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1968 1970»

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 92–72 victory in the final game over Purdue, coached by George King. Lew Alcindor of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

In the game, John Vallely, the "Money Man", scored 22 points and Alcindor had 37 points, to give UCLA a win over Purdue, which is Wooden's alma mater. Purdue was hampered due to injuries to starting point guard Billy Keller and forward Herm Gilliam; Purdue had also lost 7'0" center Chuck Bavis to a broken collarbone during the Mideast Regionals against Miami, (OH). In earlier matchups, Bavis had provided an ample challenge to Alcindor. Wooden was an All-American guard for the Boilermakers from 1928 to 1932.


Round Region Site Venue
First Round East Kingston, Rhode Island Keaney Gymnasium
East Raleigh, North Carolina Reynolds Coliseum
Mideast Carbondale, Illinois SIU Arena
Midwest Fort Worth, Texas Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
West Las Cruces, New Mexico Pan American Center
Regionals East College Park, Maryland Cole Field House
Mideast Madison, Wisconsin Wisconsin Field House
Midwest Manhattan, Kansas Ahearn Field House
West Los Angeles, California Pauley Pavilion
Final Four Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall

For the sixth and final time, Freedom Hall and the city of Louisville would host the Final Four. The Final Four would not return to the state of Kentucky again until 1985, when Rupp Arena hosted. For the 1969 tournament, the Midwest & West first round games got their own sites, with the East continuing to have two sites of its own. There were three new venues used, all in the first round. The tournament came to Southern Illinois University for the first time, at SIU Arena, the home of the Salukis. The tournament returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and for the first time games were held in Fort Worth, at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the campus of Texas Christian University. In the West, the tournament returned to Las Cruces, with games held at the Pan American Center for the first time. This would be the only time the tournament would come to Carbondale, and would be the last tournament for three other arenas - Ahearn Field House, Keaney Gym and Wisconsin Field House. The tournament has yet to return to Manhattan; future games in the state of Rhode Island have been held at the Providence Civic Center; and while the tournament would come to Wisconsin again in 1984 at Milwaukee, it would not return to Madison until 2002, when the Kohl Center, the replacement for the Field House, would host.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Davidson Lefty Driesell Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 87–85
East Duquesne John Manning Regional Third Place St. John's W 75–72
East North Carolina Dean Smith Fourth Place Drake L 104–84
East Princeton Pete Carril First round St. John's L 72–63
East St. John's Lou Carnesecca Regional Fourth Place Duquesne L 75–72
East Saint Joseph's Jack McKinney First round Duquesne L 74–52
East Villanova Jack Kraft First round Davidson L 75–61
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Third Place Miami (OH) W 72–71
Mideast Marquette Al McGuire Regional Runner-up Purdue L 75–73
Mideast Miami (OH) Tates Locke Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 72–71
Mideast Murray State Cal Luther First round Marquette L 82–62
Mideast Notre Dame John Dee First round Miami (OH) L 63–60
Mideast Purdue George King Runner Up UCLA L 92–72
Midwest Colorado Sox Walseth Regional Third Place Texas A&M W 97–82
Midwest Colorado State Jim Williams Regional Runner-up Drake L 84–77
Midwest Dayton Don Donoher First round Colorado State L 52–50
Midwest Drake Maury John Third Place North Carolina W 104–84
Midwest Texas A&M Shelby Metcalf Regional Fourth Place Colorado L 97–82
Midwest Trinity (TX) Bob Polk First round Texas A&M L 81–66
West BYU Stan Watts First round New Mexico State L 74–62
West New Mexico State Lou Henson Regional Fourth Place Weber State L 58–56
West Santa Clara Dick Garibaldi Regional Runner-up UCLA L 90–52
West Seattle Morris Buckwalter First round Weber State L 75–73
West UCLA John Wooden Champion Purdue W 92–72
West Weber State Phil Johnson Regional Third Place New Mexico State W 58–56


* – Denotes overtime period

East regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    North Carolina 79  
      Duquesne 78  
  Duquesne 74
    Saint Joseph's 52  
      North Carolina 87
    Davidson 85
    Davidson 75  
  Villanova 61  
  Davidson 79
      St. John's 69  
  St. John's 72
    Princeton 63  

Mideast regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Purdue 91  
      Miami (OH) 71  
  Miami (OH) 63
    Notre Dame 60  
      Purdue 75
    Marquette 73
  Kentucky 74
      Marquette 81  
  Marquette 82
    Murray State 62  

Midwest regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Drake 81  
      Texas A&M 63  
  Texas A&M 81
    Trinity (TX) 66  
      Drake 84
    Colorado State 77
  Colorado 56
      Colorado State 64  
  Colorado State 52
    Dayton 50  

West regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    UCLA 53  
      New Mexico State 38  
  New Mexico State 74
    BYU 62  
      UCLA 90
    Santa Clara 52
  Santa Clara 63
      Weber State 59*  
  Weber State 75
    Seattle 73  

Final FourEdit

National Semifinals National Final
E North Carolina 65
ME Purdue 92
ME Purdue 72
MW Drake 82

National Third Place GameEdit

National Third Place Game [1]
E North Carolina 84
MW Drake 104

Regional Third Place GamesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.