1972-73 UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball Team
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1972%E2%80%9373 UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball Team
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
← 1971-72
1973-74 →
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

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

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, 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,

UCLA set a new NCAA record of 75 consecutive wins and a three-season composite record of .

Roster

Starting lineup

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

Schedule

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
*
W   1-0

*
W   2-0

*
W   3-0

*
W   4-0

*
W   5-0

*
W   6-0

*

W   7-0

*

W   8-0
(7,123)

W   9-0
(1-0)


W   10-0
(2-0)


W   11-0
(3-0)


W   12-0
(4-0)

*
W   13-0

*
W   14-0

*
W   15-0
(15,817)
*
W   16-0


W   17-0
(5-0)


W   18-0
(6-0)


W   19-0
(7-0)


W   20-0
(8-0)


W   21-0
(9-0)


W   22-0
(10-0)


W   23-0
(11-0)


W   24-0
(12-0)


W   25-0
(13-0)


W   26-0
(14-0)

NCAA Tournament
*

W   27-0
(12,671)
*

W   28-0
(12,705)
*

W   29-0
(19,029)
*

W   30-0
(19,301)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific time.

Notes

  • 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.[8]
  • 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 honors

References

  1. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved 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. ^ a b 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. ^ Rapoport, Ron (26 January 1973). "Bruins Tie All-Time Mark". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ NCAA Division 1 Record, NCAA, 2002
  9. ^ http://aausullivan.org/winners_1973.html
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-13. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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