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1972 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals Site Memorial Sports Arena
Los Angeles, California
Champions UCLA (8th title)
Runner-Up Florida State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Louisville (2nd Final Four)
North Carolina (6th Final Four)
Winning Coach John Wooden (8th title)
MOP Bill Walton UCLA
Attendance 147,304
Top scorer Jim Price Louisville
(103 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1971  1973»

The 1972 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA University Division (the predecessor to today's Division I) college basketball. It began on March 11, 1972, and ended with the championship game on March 25 in Los Angeles, California. 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 81–76 victory in the final game over Florida State, coached by Hugh Durham. Bill Walton of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

In a historically significant note, Southwestern Louisiana, now known as Louisiana-Lafayette, made the tournament in its first season of eligibility for postseason play. No school would repeat this feat in the men's tournament until North Dakota State in 2009.[1] Southwestern's Louisiana'a participation in this tournament, as well as the 1973 tournament, was vacated by the NCAA due to major recruiting infractions which resulted in the school receiving the death penalty.

The Bruins had a huge advantage by playing the game at its home city's Memorial Sports Arena, which actually was their home court before Pauley Pavilion was built in 1965.



Region Site Other Locations
East Morgantown, West Virginia Jamaica, New York, Princeton, New Jersey, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mideast Dayton, Ohio Knoxville, Tennessee
Midwest Ames, Iowa Las Cruces, New Mexico
West Provo, Utah Pocatello, Idaho
Finals Los Angeles, California


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a East Carolina Tom Quinn First round Villanova L 85-70
East n/a North Carolina Dean Smith Third Place Louisville W 105-91
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly Elite Eight North Carolina L 73-59
East n/a Providence Dave Gavitt First round Penn L 76-60
East n/a South Carolina Frank McGuire Regional Third Place Villanova W 90-78
East n/a Temple Harry Litwack First round South Carolina L 53-51
East n/a Villanova Jack Kraft Regional Fourth Place South Carolina L 90-78
Mideast n/a Eastern Kentucky Guy Strong First round Florida State L 83-81
Mideast n/a Florida State Hugh Durham Runner Up UCLA L 81-76
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Elite Eight Florida State L 73-54
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Regional Fourth Place Minnesota L 77-72
Mideast n/a Minnesota Bill Musselman Regional Third Place Marquette W 77-72
Mideast n/a Ohio James Snyder First round Marquette L 73-49
Midwest n/a Houston Guy Lewis First round Texas L 85-74
Midwest n/a Kansas State Jack Hartman Elite Eight Louisville L 72-65
Midwest n/a Southwestern Louisiana Beryl Shipley Regional Third Place Texas W 100-70
Midwest n/a Louisville Denny Crum Fourth Place North Carolina L 105-91
Midwest n/a Marshall Carl Tacy First round Southwestern Louisiana L 112-101
Midwest n/a Texas Leon Black Regional Fourth Place Southwestern Louisiana L 100-70
West n/a BYU Stan Watts First round Long Beach State L 95-90
West n/a Hawaiʻi Red Rocha First round Weber State L 91-64
West n/a Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Elite Eight UCLA L 73-57
West n/a San Francisco Bob Gaillard Regional Third Place Weber State W 74-64
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion Florida State W 81-76
West n/a Weber State Gene Visscher Regional Fourth Place San Francisco L 74-64



East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     North Carolina 92  
       South Carolina 69  
   South Carolina 53
     Temple 51  
       North Carolina 73
     Pennsylvania 59
     Pennsylvania 76  
   Providence 60  
   Pennsylvania 78
       Villanova 67  
   Villanova 85
     East Carolina 70  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Minnesota 56  
       Florida State 70  
   Florida State 83
     E. Kentucky 81  
       Florida State 73
     Kentucky 54
   Kentucky 85
       Marquette 69  
   Marquette 73
     Ohio U 49  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Louisville 88  
       Southwest Louisiana 84  
   Southwest Louisiana 112
     Marshall 101  
       Louisville 72
     Kansas State 65
   Kansas State 66
       Texas 55  
   Texas 85
     Houston 74  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 90  
       Weber State 58  
   Weber State 91
     Hawaii 64  
       UCLA 73
     Long Beach State 57
   San Francisco 55
       Long Beach State 75  
   Long Beach State 95
     BYU 90*  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  North Carolina 75  
ME  Florida State 79  
    ME  Florida State 76
  W  UCLA 81
MW  Louisville 77
W  UCLA 96  

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