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1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team

The 1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team went undefeated again at 30–0 and claimed a seventh consecutive national championship.[2][3][4][5]

1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball
1973 UCLA basketball NCAA champions.JPG
Pac-8 Champions
Sugar Bowl Tourney Champions
ConferencePacific-8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1972–73 record30–0 (14–0 Pac-8)
Head coachJohn Wooden (25th season)
Assistant coachGary Cunningham
Home arenaPauley Pavilion
Seasons
1972–73 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
USC 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
Oregon 8 6   .571     16 10   .615
Stanford 7 7   .500     14 11   .560
Washington 6 8   .429     16 11   .593
Oregon State 6 8   .429     15 11   .577
California 4 10   .286     11 15   .423
Washington State 2 12   .143     6 20   .231
As of November 25, 2011[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

In the title game of the NCAA Tournament at St. Louis, junior center Bill Walton scored 44 points (21 of 22 field goal attempts) with thirteen rebounds as the top-ranked Bruins defeated #12 Memphis State, 87–66.[2][3] Some regard this as the greatest ever offensive performance in American college basketball.[6] Tied at 39 at halftime, the Bruins dominated the second half and outscored the Tigers, 48–27.[2][3][5][7]

UCLA set a new NCAA record of 75 consecutive wins and a three-season composite record of 89–1 (.989).

Contents

RosterEdit

1972–73 UCLA Bruins men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 30 Vince Carson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr
G 22 Tommy Curtis 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Tampa, Florida
F 54 Larry Farmer (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Sr
F 50 Gary Franklin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr
F 53 Larry Hollyfield 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr
G 43 Greg Lee 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Jr Reseda, California
F 34 Dave Meyers 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So San Diego, CA
C 31 Swen Nater 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Den Helder, Netherlands
G 25 Pete Trgovich 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
So
C 32 Bill Walton 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr La Mesa, California
F 52 Keith Wilkes 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr 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

Starting lineupEdit

Position Player Class
F Larry Farmer Senior
F Keith Wilkes Junior
C Bill Walton Junior
G Larry Hollyfield Senior
G Greg Lee Junior

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
November 25, 1972*
No. 1 Wisconsin W 94–53  1–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 1, 1972*
No. 1 Bradley W 73–38  2–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 2, 1972*
No. 1 Pacific W 81–48  3–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 16, 1972*
No. 1 UCSB W 98–67  4–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 22, 1972*
No. 1 Pittsburgh W 89–73  5–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 23, 1972*
No. 1 Notre Dame W 82–56  6–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
December 29, 1972*
No. 1 vs. Drake
Sugar Bowl Classic
W 85–72  7–0
Municipal Auditorium 
New Orleans, LA
December 30, 1972*
No. 1 vs. Illinois
Sugar Bowl Classic
W 71–64  8–0
Municipal Auditorium (7,123)
New Orleans, LA
January 5, 1973
No. 1 Oregon W 64–38  9–0
(1–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 6, 1973
No. 1 Oregon State W 87–61  10–0
(2–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 12, 1973
No. 1 at Stanford W 82–67  11–0
(3–0)
Maples Pavilion 
Stanford, CA
January 13, 1973
No. 1 at California W 69–50  12–0
(4–0)
Harmon Gym 
Berkeley, CA
January 19, 1973*
No. 1 No. 10 San Francisco W 92–64  13–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 20, 1973*
No. 1 No. 9 Providence W 101–77  14–0
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
January 25, 1973*
No. 1 at Loyola–Chicago W 87–73  15–0
Chicago Stadium[8] (15,817)
Chicago, IL
January 27, 1973*
No. 1 at Notre Dame W 82–63  16–0
Athletic & Convocation Center 
Notre Dame, IN
February 3, 1973
No. 1 at No. 20 USC W 79–56  17–0
(5–0)
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
February 10, 1973
No. 1 at Washington State W 88–50  18–0
(6–0)
Bohler Gymnasium 
Pullman, WA
February 12, 1973
No. 1 at Washington W 76–67  19–0
(7–0)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion 
Seattle, WA
February 16, 1973
No. 1 Washington W 93–62  20–0
(8–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
February 17, 1973
No. 1 Washington State W 96–64  21–0
(9–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
February 22, 1973
No. 1 at Oregon W 72–61  22–0
(10–0)
McArthur Court 
Eugene, OR
February 24, 1973
No. 1 Oregon State W 73–67  23–0
(11–0)
Gill Coliseum 
Corvallis, OR
March 2, 1973
No. 1 California W 51–45  24–0
(12–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
March 3, 1973
No. 1 Stanford W 51–45  25–0
(13–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
March 9, 1973
No. 1 USC W 76–56  26–0
(14–0)
Pauley Pavilion 
Los Angeles, CA
NCAA Tournament
March 15, 1973*
No. 1 vs. No. 16 Arizona State
Regional Semifinal
W 98–81  27–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,671)
Los Angeles, CA
March 17, 1973*
No. 1 vs. No. 20 San Francisco
Regional Final
W 54–39  28–0
Pauley Pavilion (12,705)
Los Angeles, CA
March 24, 1973*
1:30 pm, NBC
No. 1 vs. No. 6 Indiana
National Semifinal
W 70–59  29–0
St. Louis Arena (19,029)
St. Louis, MO
March 26, 1973*
6:10 pm, NBC
No. 1 vs. No. 12 Memphis State
National Final
W 87–66  30–0
St. Louis Arena (19,301)
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific time.

NotesEdit

  • The 1972 team was ranked No. 1 by both AP and UPI pre-season polls
  • Walton set a school record with 506 rebounds
  • Larry Farmer and Larry Hollyfield became the only players to have the best winning record over a three-year period, 89–1.[9]
  • In the semifinal against #6 Indiana, the Hoosiers rallied in the second half to give the Bruins a scare. Curtis scored 22 points off the bench to help UCLA with the 70–59 victory.
  • Walton and Keith Wilkes were consensus first team All-Americans.

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Hofmann, Dale (March 27, 1973). "Walton's 44 KO Memphis State". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  3. ^ a b c "Walton may be $2 million bargain". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 27, 1973. p. 1C.
  4. ^ UCLA media guide
  5. ^ a b "Walton 'demolishes' Memphis State, 87–66". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). UPI. March 27, 1973. p. 14.
  6. ^ Kirkpatrick, Curry (April 2, 1973). "A slight case of being superhuman". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  7. ^ UCLA media guide
  8. ^ Rapoport, Ron (26 January 1973). "Bruins Tie All-Time Mark". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ NCAA Division 1 Record, NCAA, 2002
  10. ^ http://aausullivan.org/winners_1973.html
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2007-01-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "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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