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1971 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals Site Astrodome
Houston, Texas
Champions UCLA (7th title)
Runner-Up Villanova (1st title game)
Semifinalists Western Kentucky,
National 3rd Place (1st Final Four)
Kansas (5th Final Four)
Winning Coach John Wooden (7th title)
MOP Howard Porter Villanova
Attendance 207,200
Top scorer Jim McDaniels Western Kentucky
(147 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1970  1972»

The 1971 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1971, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in Houston, Texas. A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 68-62 victory in the final game over Villanova, coached by Jack Kraft. Howard Porter of Villanova was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. However, Villanova was disqualified after the tournament for having an ineligible player. Their first place finish in the east regional was relinquished to Penn, with the regional consolation game (3rd place) winner, Fordham, receiving 2nd place.

For the national 3rd place, Western Kentucky won over Kansas 77-75.[1]

In a situation similar to Villanova, Western Kentucky's placement in the tournament was vacated, due to an NCAA investigation that showed Jim McDaniels had signed a professional contract and accepted money during the 1970-71 season. Western Kentucky would be found in violation twice more in the next 10 years, earning the school a "lack of institutional control" violation.[2]

The total attendance for the tournament was 220,447, a new record. It was the largest crowd of 31,765 to see the championship game.[3]



Region Site Other Locations
East Raleigh, North Carolina Jamaica, New York, Morgantown, West Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mideast Athens, Georgia South Bend, Indiana
Midwest Wichita, Kansas
West Salt Lake City, Utah Logan, Utah
Finals Houston, Texas


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Duquesne John Manning First roundor Penn L 70-65
East n/a Fordham Digger Phelps Regional Third Place South Carolina W 100-90
East n/a Furman Joe Williams First round Fordham L 105-74
East n/a Penn Dick Harter Elite Eight Villanova L 90-47
East n/a South Carolina Frank McGuire Regional Fourth Place Fordham L 100-90
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack McKinney First round Villanova L 93-75
East n/a Villanova Jack Kraft Runner Up UCLA L 68-62
Mideast n/a Jacksonville Tom Wasdin First round Western Kentucky L 74-72
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Fourth Place Marquette L 91-74
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Regional Third Place Kentucky W 91-74
Mideast n/a Miami, Ohio Darrell Hedric First round Marquette L 62-47
Mideast n/a Ohio State Fred Taylor Elite Eight Western Kentucky L 81-78
Mideast n/a Western Kentucky Johnny Oldham Third Place Kansas W 77-75
Midwest n/a Drake Maury John Elite Eight Kansas L 73-71
Midwest n/a Houston Guy Lewis Regional Third Place Notre Dame W 119-106
Midwest n/a Kansas Ted Owens Fourth Place Western Kentucky L 77-75
Midwest n/a New Mexico State Lou Henson First round Houston L 72-69
Midwest n/a Notre Dame Johnny Dee Regional Fourth Place Houston L 119-106
Midwest n/a TCU Johnny Swaim First round Notre Dame L 102-94
West n/a BYU Stan Watts Regional Fourth Place Pacific L 84-81
West n/a Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Elite Eight UCLA L 57-55
West n/a Pacific Dick Edwards Regional Third Place BYU W 84-81
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion Villanova W 68-62
West n/a Utah State LaDell Andersen First round BYU L 91-82
West n/a Weber State Phil Johnson First round Long Beach State L 77-66



East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     South Carolina 64  
       Pennsylvania 79  
   Pennsylvania 70
     Duquesne 65  
       Pennsylvania 47
     Villanova 90
     Villanova 93  
   St. Joseph's 75  
   Villanova 85
       Fordham 75  
   Fordham 105
     Furman 74  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kentucky 83  
       Western Kentucky 107  
   Western Kentucky 74
     Jacksonville 72  
       Western Kentucky 81
     Ohio State 78*
   Ohio State 60
       Marquette 59  
   Marquette 62
     Miami-OH 47  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kansas 78  
       Houston 77  
   Houston 72
     New Mexico State 69  
       Kansas 73
     Drake 71
   Drake 79
       Notre Dame 72*  
   Notre Dame 102
     TCU 94  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 91  
       BYU 73  
   BYU 91
     Utah State 82  
       UCLA 57
     Long Beach State 55
   Pacific 65
       Long Beach State 78  
   Long Beach State 77
     Weber State 66  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  Villanova 92  
ME  Western Kentucky 89**  
    E  Villanova 62
  W  UCLA 68
MW  Kansas 60
W  UCLA 68  

Tournament notes

  • Jim McDaniels of Western Kentucky had 147 points, top scorer in the playoffs.
  • Austin Carr of Notre Dame scored 289 career tournament points in seven games.
  • As a result of the Villanova’s forfeit to Penn, the 1971 Penn Quakers are the only team in NCAA History to go undefeated and not win the national championship.

See also


  1. ^ 1972 Official Collegiate Basketball Guide, Published by College Athletics Publishing Service, Phoenix, Arizona
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Smith Barrier, "Unusual West Coast Watch Factory – They Don't Make Any, Just Win Them", 1972 Official Collegiate Basketball Guide, Published by College Athletics Publishing Service

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