The season: At the beginning of the season, this team wasn't even ranked in the national top 50. It was Wooden's shortest team to win a national title (center Fred Slaughter was only 6-5). Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson, Jack Hirsch and Kenny Washington helped beat a taller Duke team to complete the Bruins' first perfect season. Wooden called this team "perhaps my favorite."
Championship game leading scorers: Goodrich 27, Washington 26, Hirsch 13, Hazzard 11, Erickson 8, McIntosh 8.
NCAA semifinals: Defeated Kansas State, 90-84, at Kansas City, Mo. Leading scorers: Erickson 28, Hazzard 19, Goodrich 14, Washington 13.
Second round: Defeated San Francisco, 76-72, at Corvallis, Ore. Leading scorers: Hazzard 23, Goodrich 15, Hirsch 14, Slaughter 9.
First round: Defeated Seattle, 95-90, at Corvallis, Ore. Leading scorers: Hazzard 26, Hirsch 21, Goodrich 19, Slaughter 13.
Championship game: UCLA 91, Michigan, at Portland, Ore.
The team: Rich Levin, Edgar Lacey, Doug McIntosh, Vaughn Hoffman, Bill Winkelholz, Mike Lynn, Keith Erickson, Kenny Washington, Bill Ureda. Gail Goodrich, John Lyons, John Galbraith, Mike Serafin, Brice Chambers, Larry McCollister, Fred Goss.
The season: Gail Goodrich (24.6 ppg) poured in 42 in the title game against the Wolverines. With only two returning starters, the Bruins were humiliated in a 27-point loss to Illinois to start the season, but senior Keith Erickson (12.9), junior Fred Goss (12.2) and sophomore Edgar Lacey (11.6) helped a balanced UCLA attack average an even 100 points during the tournament.
Championship game leading scorers: Goodrich 42, Washington 17, Lacey 11, Goss 8.
NCAA semifinals: Defeated Wichita State, 108-89, at Portland, Ore. Leading scorers: Goodrich 28, Lacey 24, Goss 19, McIntosh 11.
Second round: Defeated San Francisco, 101-93, at Provo, Utah. Leading scorers: Goodrich 30, Erickson 29, Lacey 15, Goss 13.
First round: Defeated Brigham Young, 100-76, at Provo, Utah. Leading scorers: Goodrich 40, Erickson 28, Lacey 15, Lynn 8.
Championship game: UCLA 79, Dayton 64, at Louisville, Ky.
The team: Joe Chrisman, Lynn Shackelford, Neville Saner, Lew Alcindor, Jim Nielsen, Ken Heitz, Bill Sweek, Don Saffer, Lucius Allen, Dick Lynn, Gene Sutherland, Mike Warren.
The season: Lew Alcindor exploded onto the scene and led UCLA to a perfect 30-0 record. The other starters included junior Mike Warren, and sophomores Lucius Allen, Lynn Shackelford and Kenny Heitz. In the tournament, UCLA outscored opponents by an average of 24 points and was never threatened, with Alcindor leading the way (29 ppg) and setting an NCAA record for field goal attempts (66.7%).
Championship game leading scorers: Alcindor 20, Allen 19, Warren 17, Shackelford 10.
NCAA semifinals: Defeated Houston, 73-58, at Louisville, Ky. Leading scorers: Shackelford 22, Alcindor 19, Allen 17, Warren 14.
Second round: Defeated Pacific, 80-64, at Corvallis, Ore. Leading scorers: Alcindor 38, Allen 13, Warren 12.
First round: Defeated Wyoming, 109-60, at Corvallis, Ore. Leading scorers: Alcindor 29, Allen 15, Shackelford 10, Warren 10.
Championship game: UCLA 78, North Carolina 55, at L.A. Sports Arena
The team: Ken Heitz, Lynn Shackelford, Jim Nielsen, Lew Alcindor, Mike Lynn, Neville Saner, Bill Sweek, Mike Warren, Gene Sutherland, Lucius Allen.
The season: The first of three long winning streaks ended at 47 games as the Bruins lost to Houston, 71-69, in front of a record 52,693 fans at the Astrodome. The Bruins won the rematch in the NCAA semifinals, 101-69. UCLA set a school record by averaging 93.4 points for the season. Despite the elimination of the dunk, Lew Alcindor led UCLA during the tournament averaging 26.2 points.
Championship game leading scorers: Alcindor 34, Allen 11, Lynn 7, Warren 7.
NCAA semifinals: Defeated Houston, 101-69, at Sports Arena. Leading scorers: Lynn 19, Alcindor 19, Allen 19, Shackelford 17, Warren 14.
Second round: Defeated Santa Clara, 87-66, at Albuquerque, N.M. Leading scorers: Alcindor 22, Allen 21, Warren 15, Lynn 10.
First round: Defeated New Mexico State, 58-49, at Albuquerque, N.M. Leading scorers: Alcindor 28, Warren 10, Shackelford 7.
Championship game: UCLA 92, Purdue 72, at Louisville, Ky.
The team: Lynn Shackelford, Curtis Rowe, Steve Patterson, Lew Alcindor, Sidney Wicks, John Ecker, Bill Seibert, George Farmer, Bill Sweek, Ken Heitz, John Vallely, Terry Schofield.