1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: Wikis


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1974 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 25
Finals Site Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
Champions NC State (1st title)
Runner-Up Marquette (1st title game)
Semifinalists Kansas (6th Final Four)
UCLA (11th Final Four)
Winning Coach Norm Sloan (1st title)
MOP David Thompson NC State
Attendance 154,112
Top scorer David Thompson NC State
(97 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1973  1975»

The 1974 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 was the first tournament to officially be designated as a Division I championship—previously, NCAA member schools had been divided into the "University Division" and "College Division". The NCAA created its current three-division setup, effective with the 1973–74 academic year, by moving all of its University Division schools to Division I and splitting the College Division members into Division II (fewer scholarships) and Division III (no athletic scholarships allowed). Previous tournaments would retroactively be considered Division I championships.

The tournament began on March 9, 1974, and ended with the championship game on March 25 in Greensboro, North Carolina. A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

North Carolina State, coached by Norm Sloan, won the national title with a 76-64 victory in the final game over Marquette, coached by Al McGuire. This result ended UCLA's record streak of seven consecutive titles. David Thompson of North Carolina State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This was the final year that only conference champions could participate in the tournament. During the same time in 1974, the Collegiate Commissioners' Association held a tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. They invited the second-place teams from eight conferences to participate. In 1975, the NCAA would expand the field to include at-large bids.


Tournament notes

The 1974 ACC tournament final pitted arguably the two best teams in the country in NC State and Maryland.[1] This would be cited as a reason to expand the tournament for the next year. The UCLA - North Carolina State semi final game made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time at #13.[2]

The Wolfpack became the second school in history to win the national championship by playing the game in its home state. UCLA won the 1972 championship by playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.


Region Site Other Locations
East Raleigh, North Carolina Jamaica, New York, Morgantown, West Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mideast Tuscaloosa, Alabama Terre Haute, Indiana
Midwest Tulsa, Oklahoma Denton, Texas
West Tucson, Arizona Pocatello, Idaho
Finals Greensboro, North Carolina


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Furman Joe Williams Regional Fourth Place Providence L 95-83
East n/a North Carolina State Norm Sloan Champion Marquette W 76-64
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly First round Providence L 84-69
East n/a Pittsburgh Buzz Ridl Elite Eight North Carolina State L 100-72
East n/a Providence Dave Gavitt Regional Third Place Furman W 95-83
East n/a South Carolina Frank McGuire First round Furman L 75-67
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack McKinney First round Pittsburgh L 54-42
Mideast n/a Austin Peay Lake Kelly First round Notre Dame L 108-66
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Runner Up North Carolina State L 76-64
Mideast n/a Michigan Johnny Orr Elite Eight Marquette L 72-70
Mideast n/a Notre Dame Digger Phelps Regional Third Place Vanderbilt W 118-88
Mideast n/a Ohio James Snyder First round Marquette L 85-59
Mideast n/a Vanderbilt Roy Skinner Regional Fourth Place Notre Dame L 118-88
Midwest n/a Creighton Eddie Sutton Regional Third Place Louisville W 80-71
Midwest n/a Kansas Ted Owens Fourth Place UCLA L 78-61
Midwest n/a Louisville Denny Crum Regional Fourth Place Creighton L 80-71
Midwest n/a Oral Roberts Ken Trickey Elite Eight Kansas L 93-90
Midwest n/a Syracuse Roy Danforth First round Oral Roberts L 86-82
Midwest n/a Texas Leon Black First round Creighton L 77-61
West n/a Cal State Los Angeles Bob Miller First round Dayton L 88-80
West n/a Dayton Don Donoher Regional Fourth Place New Mexico L 66-61
West n/a Idaho State Jim Killingsworth First round New Mexico L 73-65
West n/a New Mexico Norm Ellenberger Regional Third Place Dayton W 66-61
West n/a San Francisco Bob Gaillard Elite Eight UCLA L 83-60
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Third Place Kansas W 78-61



East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     N.C. State 92  
       Providence 78  
   Providence 84
     Pennsylvania 69  
       N.C. State 100
     Pittsburgh 72
     Pittsburgh 54  
   St. Joseph's 42  
   Pittsburgh 81
       Furman 78  
   Furman 75
     South Carolina 67  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     UCLA 111  
       Dayton 100  
   Dayton 88
     Cal State Los Angeles 80  
       UCLA 83
     San Francisco 60
   San Francisco 64
       New Mexico 61  
   New Mexico 73
     Idaho State 65  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Vanderbilt 61  
       Marquette 69  
   Marquette 85
     Ohio U 59  
       Marquette 72
     Michigan 70
   Michigan 77
       Notre Dame 68  
   Notre Dame 108
     Austin Peay 66  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kansas 55  
       Creighton 54  
   Creighton 77
     Texas 61  
       Kansas 93
     Oral Roberts 90*
   Louisville 93
       Oral Roberts 96  
   Oral Roberts 86
     Syracuse 82*  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  N.C. State 80  
W  UCLA 77  
    E  N.C. State 76
  ME  Marquette 64
ME  Marquette 64
MW  Kansas 51  


  1. ^ Bill Free - This Overtime Lasts 25 Years The 1974 team left it all out on the floor. Baltimore Sun, hosted at University of Maryland Terrapins athletic site, February 20, 1999
  2. ^ Mike Douchant - Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002

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