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1973 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals Site St. Louis Arena
St. Louis, Missouri
Champions UCLA (9th title)
Runner-Up Memphis State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Indiana (3rd Final Four)
Providence (1st Final Four)
Winning Coach John Wooden (9th title)
MOP Bill Walton UCLA
Attendance 163,160
Top scorer Ernie DiGregorio Providence
(128 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1972  1974»

The 1973 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, which would be created later in 1973) college basketball. It began on March 10, 1973, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in St. Louis, Missouri. 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 87–66 victory in the final game over Memphis State, coached by Gene Bartow. This gave UCLA their 7th consecutive title. Bill Walton of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. This year's Final Four marked the first time the championship game was televised on a Monday night in prime time, a practice which continues as of 2009.


Tournament notes

The UCLA - Memphis State championship game made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time at #18. [1] Bill Walton set a championship game record, hitting 21 of 22 shots and scoring 44 points.


Region Site Other Locations
East Charlotte, North Carolina Jamaica, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mideast Nashville, Tennessee Dayton, Ohio
Midwest Houston, Texas Wichita, Kansas
West Los Angeles, California Logan, Utah
Finals St. Louis, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Furman Joe Williams First round Syracuse L 83-82
East n/a Maryland Lefty Driesell Elite Eight Providence L 103-89
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly Regional Fourth Place Syracuse L 69-68
East n/a Providence Dave Gavitt Fourth Place Indiana L 97-79
East n/a St. John's Frank Mulzoff First round Penn L 62-61
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack McKinney First round Providence L 89-76
East n/a Syracuse Roy Danforth Regional Third Place Penn W 69-68
Mideast n/a Austin Peay Lake Kelly Regional Fourth Place Marquette L 88-73
Mideast n/a Indiana Bob Knight Third Place Providence W 97-79
Mideast n/a Jacksonville Tom Wasdin First round Austin Peay L 77-75
Mideast n/a Kentucky Joe B. Hall Elite Eight Indiana L 72-65
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Regional Third Place Austin Peay W 88-73
Mideast n/a Miami, Ohio Darrell Hedric First round Marquette L 77-62
Midwest n/a Houston Guy Lewis First round Southwestern Louisiana L 102-89
Midwest n/a Kansas State Jack Hartman Elite Eight Memphis State L 92-72
Midwest n/a Southwestern Louisiana Beryl Shipley Regional Fourth Place South Carolina L 90-85
Midwest n/a Memphis State Gene Bartow Runner Up UCLA L 87-66
Midwest n/a South Carolina Frank McGuire Regional Third Place Southwestern Louisiana W 90-85
Midwest n/a Texas Tech Gerald Myers First round South Carolina L 78-70
West n/a Arizona State Ned Wulk Regional Fourth Place Long Beach State L 84-80
West n/a Long Beach State Jerry Tarkanian Regional Third Place Arizona State W 84-80
West n/a Oklahoma City Abe Lemons First round Arizona State L 103-78
West n/a San Francisco Bob Gaillard Elite Eight UCLA L 54-39
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion Memphis State W 87-66
West n/a Weber State Gene Visscher First round Long Beach State L 88-75



East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Maryland 91  
       Syracuse 75  
   Syracuse 83
     Furman 82  
       Maryland 89
     Providence 103
     Pennsylvania 62  
   St. John's 61  
   Pennsylvania 65
       Providence 87  
   Providence 89
     St. Joseph's 76  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Memphis State 90  
       South Carolina 76  
   South Carolina 78
     Texas Tech 70  
       Memphis State 92
     Kansas State 72
   Kansas State 66
       Southwest Louisiana 63  
   Southwest Louisiana 102
     Houston 89  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Indiana 75  
       Marquette 69  
   Marquette 77
     Miami-OH 62  
       Indiana 72
     Kentucky 65
   Kentucky 106
       Austin Peay 100*  
   Austin Peay 77
     Jacksonville 75  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 98  
       Arizona State 81  
   Arizona State 103
     Oklahoma City 78  
       UCLA 54
     San Francisco 39
   San Francisco 77
       Long Beach State 67  
   Long Beach State 88
     Weber State 75  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  Providence 85  
MW  Memphis State 98  
    MW  Memphis State 66
  W  UCLA 87
ME  Indiana 59
W  UCLA 70  


The 1973 NC State Wolfpack team averaged 93 ppg, led the nation in win margin (21.8 ppg), and posted a 27–0 record, but was ineligible for postseason play because of NCAA probation. David Thompson, a two-time national Player of the Year, and All-American Tom Burleson, led NC State to a 30–1 record the following season, losing only to seven-time defending champion UCLA. The Wolfpack avenged its only loss during the two-year period by defeating UCLA in the 1974 Final Four and winning the title.

Gene Bartow, the Memphis State coach, would be John Wooden's successor at UCLA after the 1975–1976 season.

See also


  1. ^ Mike Douchant - Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002

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