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1973–74 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team

The 1973–74 North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball team represented North Carolina State University. The Wolfpack were a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The team finished undefeated in the ACC regular season, then won the ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack then won the NCAA tournament, finishing the season as the national champions.

1973–74 North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball
1974 NC State Wolfpack.jpg
ACC Tournament champions
ACC regular season champions
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1973–74 record30–1 (12–0 ACC)
Head coachNorm Sloan
Assistant coachEd Biedenbach
Assistant coachSam Esposito
Assistant coachArt Musselman
CaptainGame captains
Home arenaReynolds Coliseum
Seasons

Contents

Season summaryEdit

N.C. State had it all: a star high-jumping forward David Thompson, a towering center in 7-foot-4 Tom Burleson, a great point guard in Monte Towe and several complementary players, including guard Moe Rivers and forward Phil Spence. The Wolfpack began the season ranked #2 in the nation, behind UCLA. On December 15, 1973, the two teams met in St. Louis, with UCLA beating NC State by 84-66 after trailing by one at halftime. It would be the only loss for the Wolfpack that season. NC State avenged that loss by beating the Bruins 80-77 in two overtimes in the NCAA Tournament semi-final game and ending their streak of seven straight national championships. Two nights later NC State captured its first NCAA championship by beating Marquette 76-64.

RosterEdit

1973–74 NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team
Players Coaches
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Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C 24 Tommy Burleson 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Newland, North Carolina
G 32 Bruce Dayhuff 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Walkerton, Indiana
F 14 Greg Hawkins 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Huntington, West Virginia
G 22 Dwight Johnson 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Raleigh, North Carolina
G 34 Craig Kuszmaul 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 181 lb (82 kg) Jr Warren, Ohio
C 35 Bill Lake 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Carmel, Indiana
G 40 Mark Moeller 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Canfield, Ohio
F 52 Steve Nuce 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Rockville, Maryland
G 10 Moe Rivers 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Brooklyn, New York
F 30 Phil Spence 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Raleigh, North Carolina
F 42 Tim Stoddard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Hammond, Indiana
F 44 David Thompson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Shelby, North Carolina
G 25 Monte Towe 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 145 lb (66 kg) Jr Converse, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

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ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
December 5*
No. 2 East Carolina W 79–47  1–0
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
December 7*
No. 2 Vermont W 97–42  2–0
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
December 15*
No. 2 vs. No. 1 UCLA L 66–84  2–1
St. Louis Arena 
St. Louis, MO
December 18*
No. 5 Georgia W 94–60  3–1
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
December 28*
No. 5 vs. Villanova
Sugar Bowl Tournament
W 97–82  4–1
'Municipal Auditorium 
New Orleans, LA
December 29*
No. 5 vs. No. 18 Memphis State
Sugar Bowl Tournament
W 98–83  5–1
Municipal Auditorium 
New Orleans, LA
January 4*
No. 5 No. 4 North Carolina
Big Four Tournament
W 78–77  6–1
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
January 5*
No. 5 vs. Wake Forest
Big Four Tournament
W 91–73  7–1
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
January 12
No. 4 Clemson W 96–68  8–1
(1–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
January 13
No. 4 No. 3 Maryland W 80–74  9–1
(2–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
January 17
No. 3 at Virginia W 90–70  10–1
(3–0)
University Hall 
Charlottesville, VA
January 19*
No. 3 UNC-Charlotte W 104–72  11–1
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
January 22
No. 3 at No. 4 North Carolina W 83–80  12–1
(4–0)
Carmichael Auditorium 
Chapel Hill, NC
January 26*
No. 3 at Purdue W 86–81  13–1
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
January 30
No. 2 at No. 6 Maryland W 86–80  14–1
(5–0)
Cole Field House 
College Park, MD
February 2
No. 2 Virginia W 105–93  15–1
(6–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
February 4
No. 2 at Duke W 92–78  16–1
(7–0)
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
February 8*
No. 2 vs. Georgia Tech
North-South Doubleheader
W 98–54  17–1
Charlotte Coliseum 
Charlotte, NC
February 9*
No. 2 vs. Furman
North-South Doubleheader
W 111–91  18–1
Charlotte Coliseum 
Charlotte, NC
February 13*
No. 2 Davidson W 105–78  19–1
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
February 16
No. 2 Wake Forest W 111–96  20–1
(8–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
February 20
No. 1 Duke W 113–87  21–1
(9–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
February 23
No. 1 at Clemson W 80–75  22–1
(10–0)
Littlejohn Coliseum 
Clemson, SC
February 26
No. 1 No. 4 North Carolina W 83–72  23–1
(11–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
March 2
No. 1 Wake Forest W 72–63  24–1
(12–0)
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
March 8*
No. 1 vs. Virginia
ACC Tournament
W 87–66  25–1
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
March 9*
No. 1 vs. No. 5 Maryland
ACC Tournament
W 103–100 OT 26–1
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
March 14*
No. 1 vs. No. 5 Providence
NCAA Tournament • Regional Semifinals
W 92–78  27–1
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
March 16*
No. 1 vs. No. 13 Pittsburgh
NCAA Tournament • Regional Final
W 100–72  28–1
Reynolds Coliseum 
Raleigh, NC
March 23*
No. 1 vs. No. 2 UCLA
NCAA Tournament • National Semifinals
W 80–77 2OT 29–1
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
March 25*
No. 1 vs. No. 3 Marquette
NCAA Tournament • National Final
W 76–64  30–1
Greensboro Coliseum 
Greensboro, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.

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ACC TournamentEdit

The 1974 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum from March 7–9. North Carolina State defeated Maryland 103–100 in overtime to claim the championship.

The Final pitted two of the top teams in the country. It has been regarded by many to be the greatest ACC game in history — and one of the greatest college games ever. The game was instrumental in forcing the expansion of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship to 32 teams, allowing more than one bid from a conference.

NCAA tournamentEdit

1974 NCAA Tournament Championship Game Box Score
Player Min FG FT REB AST PF PTS
D. Thompson 40 7–12 7–8 7 2 3 21
M. Towe 37 5–10 6–7 3 2 1 16
T. Burleson 36 6–9 2–6 11 0 4 14
M. Rivers 40 4–9 6–9 2 5 2 14
T. Stoddard 25 3–4 2–2 7 2 5 8
P. Spence 19 1–2 1–2 3 3 2 3
M. Moeller 3 0–0 0–0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26–46 24–34 34 14 17 76
  • East
    • North Carolina State 92, Providence 78
    • North Carolina State 100, Pittsburgh 72
  • Final Four
    • North Carolina State 80, UCLA 77
    • North Carolina State 76, Marquette 64

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Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 3 Tommy Burleson Seattle SuperSonics

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1974 NCAA Final Four program". March 1974.
  2. ^ NC State All-Time Results. Retrieved 2015-Jun-29.
  3. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1974
  4. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2013-10-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)