1970 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1970 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 7, 1970, and ended with the championship game on March 21 in College Park, Maryland. A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game. This tournament was notable for the number of small schools that reached the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4, and Championship Game.

1970 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteCole Field House
College Park, Maryland
ChampionsUCLA Bruins (6th title, 6th title game,
7th Final Four)
Runner-upJacksonville Dolphins (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachJohn Wooden (6th title)
MOPSidney Wicks (UCLA)
Top scorerAustin Carr Notre Dame
(158 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1969 1971»

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with an 80–69 victory in the final game over Jacksonville, coached by Joe Williams. Sidney Wicks of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


Round Region Site Venue Host
First Round East Jamaica, New York Alumni Hall St. John's
East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra Drexel/Penn/Temple
East Princeton, New Jersey Jadwin Gymnasium Princeton
Mideast Dayton, Ohio University of Dayton Arena Dayton
Midwest Fort Worth, Texas Daniel-Meyer Coliseum TCU
West Provo, Utah Smith Fieldhouse BYU
Regionals East Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum South Carolina
Mideast Columbus, Ohio St. John Arena Ohio State
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Allen Fieldhouse Kansas
West Seattle, Washington Hec Edmundson Pavilion Washington
Final Four College Park, Maryland Cole Field House Maryland

For the second time in five years, Cole Field House and the University of Maryland, College Park were the hosts of the Final Four. Like the previous time Cole was the Final Four site, all the venues used in the tournament were on-campus venues. To date, this is the last time that this has been the case. The tournament, which featured three East sub-regional sites for the first time, saw four venues used for the first time. In the East Regional, the tournament came to the state of South Carolina for the first time, with games played in Columbia at the Carolina Coliseum, home of the South Carolina Gamecocks. The East sub-regional had two new sites to go with the Palestra: Alumni Hall, on the campus of St. John's University, and Jadwin Gymnasium on the campus of Princeton University. Jadwin is the only Ivy League venue other than the Palestra to ever host a tournament game. And in the Mideast sub-regional, the University of Dayton Arena hosted games for the first time, starting its tenure as the most-used venue in tournament history.

This would be the last tournament to host five of the arenas: Carolina Coliseum, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, St. John Arena and Smith Fieldhouse. The Columbia market would not hold another tournament for 49 years, when its replacement, the Colonial Life Arena, which opened in 2002, hosted the 2019 tournament. While the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex continued to host games, the tournament is not scheduled to return to Fort Worth itself until 2022 when the new Dickies Arena opens. Seattle has continued to host games, first at the Kingdome and later at KeyArena. The tournament returned to Columbus in 2004 at the Nationwide Arena, and returned in 1972 to Provo and the Smith Fieldhouse's replacement, the Marriott Center.


Region Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East Davidson Terry Holland First round St. Bonaventure L 85–72
East Niagara Frank Layden Regional Fourth Place NC State L 108–88
East NC State Norm Sloan Regional Third Place Niagara W 108–88
East Penn Dick Harter First round Niagara L 79–69
East St. Bonaventure Larry Weise Fourth Place New Mexico State L 79–73
East Temple Harry Litwack First round Villanova L 77–69
East Villanova Jack Kraft Regional Runner-up St. Bonaventure L 97–74
Mideast Iowa Ralph Miller Regional Third Place Notre Dame W 121–106
Mideast Jacksonville Joe Williams Runner Up UCLA L 80–69
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Jacksonville L 106–100
Mideast Notre Dame John Dee Regional Fourth Place Iowa L 121–106
Mideast Ohio James Snyder First round Notre Dame L 112–82
Mideast Western Kentucky Johnny Oldham First round Jacksonville L 109–96
Midwest Dayton Don Donoher First round Houston L 71–64
Midwest Drake Maury John Regional Runner-up New Mexico State L 87–78
Midwest Houston Guy Lewis Regional Fourth Place Kansas State L 107–98
Midwest Kansas State Cotton Fitzsimmons Regional Third Place Houston W 107–98
Midwest New Mexico State Lou Henson Third Place St. Bonaventure W 79–73
Midwest Rice Don Knodel First round New Mexico State L 101–77
West Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Regional Fourth Place Santa Clara L 89–86
West Santa Clara Dick Garibaldi Regional Third Place Long Beach State W 89–86
West UTEP Don Haskins First round Utah State L 91–81
West UCLA John Wooden Champion Jacksonville W 80–69
West Utah State LaDell Andersen Regional Runner-up UCLA L 101–79
West Weber State Phil Johnson First round Long Beach State L 92–73


East regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    NC State 68  
      St. Bonaventure 80  
  St. Bonaventure 85
    Davidson 72  
      St. Bonaventure 97
    Villanova 74
    Villanova 77  
  Temple 69  
  Villanova 98
      Niagara 73  
  Niagara 79
    Penn 69  
East Regional Third Place
NC State 108
Niagara 88

Mideast regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Iowa 103  
      Jacksonville 104  
  Jacksonville 109
    Western Kentucky 96  
      Jacksonville 106
    Kentucky 100
  Kentucky 109
      Notre Dame 99  
  Notre Dame 112
    Ohio 82  
Mideast Regional Third Place
Iowa 121
Notre Dame 106

Midwest regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kansas State 66  
      New Mexico State 70  
  New Mexico State 101
    Rice 77  
      New Mexico State 87
    Drake 78
  Drake 92
      Houston 87  
  Houston 71
    Dayton 64  
Midwest Regional Third Place
Kansas State 107
Houston 98

West regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    UCLA 88  
      Long Beach State 65  
  Long Beach State 92
    Weber State 73  
      UCLA 101
    Utah State 79
  Santa Clara 68
      Utah State 69  
  Utah State 91
    UTEP 81  
West Regional Third Place
Long Beach State 86
Santa Clara 89

Final FourEdit

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
  E St. Bonaventure 83  
  ME Jacksonville 91    
      ME Jacksonville 69
      W UCLA 80
  MW New Mexico State 77    
  W UCLA 93   National Third Place Game
E St. Bonaventure 73
  MW New Mexico State 79

See alsoEdit

Tournament notesEdit

  • In Iowa's 121-106 win over Notre Dame the two teams set a tournament record for most combined points (227).
  • Every game in the Mideast Regional saw 100 point games.