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1971–72 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

The 1971–72 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won the National Collegiate Championship on March 25, 1972, in the Los Angeles Sports Arena with an 81–76 victory over Florida State. It became the eighth championship in nine years under head coach John Wooden, who was coaching his 25th year at UCLA. The 1971–72 UCLA basketball team had a record of 30–0, in the process winning its games by an average margin of more than 30 points. The season was also part of UCLA's NCAA record 88-game winning streak. The UCLA streak contributed to a personal winning streak that lasted almost five years. It began "The Walton Years" for Coach Wooden.

1971–72 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
1972 UCLA Bruins.jpg
Pac-8 Champions
Bruin Classic Champions
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1971–72 record30–0 (14–0 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn R. Wooden (24th season)
Assistant coachGary Cunningham
Seasons
1971–72 Pacific-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UCLA 14 0   1.000     30 0   1.000
Washington 10 4   .714     20 6   .769
Oregon State 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
USC 9 5   .643     16 10   .615
California 6 8   .429     13 16   .448
Stanford 5 9   .357     10 15   .400
Washington State 3 11   .214     11 15   .423
Oregon 0 14   .000     6 20   .231
As of April 15, 1971[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

Season SummaryEdit

Sophomore Bill Walton lived up to his advance billing, leading the Bruins to a 30-0 record and the National Championship while averaging a double-double (21.1 PPG, 15.5 RPG). Greg Lee and Henry Bibby formed a solid back court, and forwards Keith Wilkes and Larry Farmer were double-digit scorers. Walton’s backup, 7-1 Swen Nater, could have been a star at other schools.

Starting lineupEdit

Position Player Class
F Larry Farmer Jr.
F Keith Wilkes So.
C Bill Walton So.
G Greg Lee So.
G Henry Bibby Sr.

RosterEdit

1971–72 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 45 Henry Bibby (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Franklinton, North Carolina
F 30 Vince Carson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
So
F 34 Jon Chapman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr
G 22 Tommy Curtis 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Tampa, Florida
F 54 Larry Farmer 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr
G 25 Andy Hill 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Sr Los Angeles, CA
F 53 Larry Hollyfield 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr
G 43 Greg Lee 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Reseda, California
C 31 Swen Nater 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Jr Den Helder, Netherlands
C 32 Bill Walton 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So La Mesa, California
F 52 Keith Wilkes 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Berkeley, California
Head coach

John Wooden (Purdue)

Assistant coach(es)

Gary Cunningham (UCLA)


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

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
December 3, 1971*
No. 1 The Citadel W 105–49  1–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 4, 1971*
No. 1 Iowa W 106–72  2–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 10, 1971*
No. 1 Iowa State W 110–81  3–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 11, 1971*
No. 1 Texas A&M W 117–53  4–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 22, 1971*
No. 1 Notre Dame W 114–56  5–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 23, 1971*
No. 1 TCU W 119–81  6–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 29, 1971*
No. 1 Texas W 115–65  7–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 30, 1971*
No. 1 No. 6 Ohio State W 79–53  8–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 7, 1972
No. 1 at Oregon State W 78–72  9–0
(1–0)
Gill Coliseum 
Corvallis, OR
January , 1972
No. 1 at Oregon W 93–68  10–0
(2–0)
McArthur Court 
Eugene, OR
January 14, 1972
No. 1 Stanford W 118–79  11–0
(3–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 15, 1972
No. 1 California W 82–43  12–0
(4–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 21, 1972*
No. 1 Santa Clara W 92–57  13–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 22, 1972*
No. 1 Denver W 108–61  14–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 28, 1972
No. 1 at Loyola–Chicago W 92–64  15–0
Chicago Stadium[2] (11,255)
Chicago, IL
January 29, 1972*
No. 1 at Notre Dame W 57–32  16–0
Athletic & Convocation Center (11,343)
Notre Dame, IN
February 5, 1972
No. 1 USC W 81–56  17–0
(5–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
February 11, 1972
No. 1 Washington State W 89–58  18–0
(6–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
February 12, 1972
No. 1 Washington W 109–70  19–0
(7–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
February 19, 1972
No. 1 at Washington W 100–83  20–0
(8–0)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion 
Seattle, WA
February 21, 1972
No. 1 at Washington State W 85–55  21–0
(9–0)
Bohler Gymnasium 
Pullman, WA
February 25, 1972
No. 1 Oregon W 92–70  22–0
(10–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
February 26, 1972
No. 1 Oregon State W 91–72  23–0
(11–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
March 3, 1972
No. 1 at California W 85–71  24–0
(12–0)
Harmon Gym 
Berkeley, CA
March 4, 1972
No. 1 at Stanford W 102–73  25–0
(13–0)
Maples Pavilion 
Stanford, CA
March 10, 1972
No. 1 at USC W 79–66  26–0
(14–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
NCAA Tournament
March 16, 1972*
No. 1 vs. Weber State
Regional Semifinal
W 90–58  27–0
Marriott Center 
Provo, UT
March 18, 1972*
No. 1 vs. No. 5 Long Beach State
Regional Final
W 73–57  28–0
Marriott Center 
Provo, UT
March 23, 1972*
No. 1 vs. No. 4 Louisville
National Semifinal
W 96–77  29–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
March 25, 1972*
No. 1 vs. No. 10 Florida State
National Final
W 81–76  30–0
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

Source[3]


NotesEdit

  • The team opened the season as the No. 1 team in both the AP and UPI polls
  • Prior to joining the varsity team, Lee (17.9 ppg), Wilkes (20.0 ppg), and Walton (18.1, 68.6 per cent) were members of the 20–0 Frosh team[4]
  • Bruins won the Bruin Classic in Pauley Pavilion
  • Bill Walton and Henry Bibby were named to the 1972 Consensus All-America first team

Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

  • Henry Bibby, New York
  • Bill Walton, San Antonio (ABA)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017-18 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 72. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Prugh, Jeff (29 January 1972). "Bruin Cagers Romp but Walton Loses 'Duel' With Martin". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ "Season by Season Records" (PDF). UCLA Athletics.
  4. ^ 1972 Official Collegiate Basketball Guide, College Athletics Publishing Service, 1971
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-01-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2009-04-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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