1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1974 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams25
Finals siteGreensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
ChampionsNC State (1st title)
Runner-upMarquette (1st title game)
SemifinalistsKansas (6th Final Four)
UCLA (11th Final Four)
Winning coachNorm Sloan (1st title)
MOPDavid Thompson NC State
Attendance154,112
Top scorerDavid Thompson NC State
(97 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1973 1975»
 
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1974 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams25
Finals siteGreensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina
ChampionsNC State (1st title)
Runner-upMarquette (1st title game)
SemifinalistsKansas (6th Final Four)
UCLA (11th Final Four)
Winning coachNorm Sloan (1st title)
MOPDavid Thompson NC State
Attendance154,112
Top scorerDavid 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.

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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 semifinal game made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time at #13.[2]

The Wolfpack became the fifth school in history to win the national championship by playing the game in its home state. CCNY won the 1950 NCAA championship (as well as the NIT championship) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Kentucky won the 1958 championship at Freedom Hall in Louisville, and UCLA won both the 1968 and 1972 championships at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. UCLA also would win the 1975 championship in its home state, at the San Diego Sports Arena. No team has accomplished the feat since then, although the Kansas Jayhawks won the 1988 championship in nearby Kansas City, Missouri at Kemper Arena.

Locations

RegionSiteOther Locations
EastRaleigh, North CarolinaJamaica, New York, Morgantown, West Virginia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MideastTuscaloosa, AlabamaTerre Haute, Indiana
MidwestTulsa, OklahomaDenton, Texas
WestTucson, ArizonaPocatello, Idaho
FinalsGreensboro, North Carolina

Teams

RegionSeedTeamCoachFinishedFinal OpponentScore
East
Eastn/aFurmanJoe WilliamsRegional Fourth PlaceProvidenceL 95-83
Eastn/aNorth Carolina StateNorm SloanChampionMarquetteW 76-64
Eastn/aPennChuck DalyFirst roundProvidenceL 84-69
Eastn/aPittsburghBuzz RidlRegional Runner-upNorth Carolina StateL 100-72
Eastn/aProvidenceDave GavittRegional Third PlaceFurmanW 95-83
Eastn/aSouth CarolinaFrank McGuireFirst roundFurmanL 75-67
Eastn/aSaint Joseph'sJack McKinneyFirst roundPittsburghL 54-42
Mideast
Mideastn/aAustin PeayLake KellyFirst roundNotre DameL 108-66
Mideastn/aMarquetteAl McGuireRunner UpNorth Carolina StateL 76-64
Mideastn/aMichiganJohnny OrrRegional Runner-upMarquetteL 72-70
Mideastn/aNotre DameDigger PhelpsRegional Third PlaceVanderbiltW 118-88
Mideastn/aOhioJames SnyderFirst roundMarquetteL 85-59
Mideastn/aVanderbiltRoy SkinnerRegional Fourth PlaceNotre DameL 118-88
Midwest
Midwestn/aCreightonEddie SuttonRegional Third PlaceLouisvilleW 80-71
Midwestn/aKansasTed OwensFourth PlaceUCLAL 78-61
Midwestn/aLouisvilleDenny CrumRegional Fourth PlaceCreightonL 80-71
Midwestn/aOral RobertsKen TrickeyRegional Runner-upKansasL 93-90
Midwestn/aSyracuseRoy DanforthFirst roundOral RobertsL 86-82
Midwestn/aTexasLeon BlackFirst roundCreightonL 77-61
West
Westn/aCal State Los AngelesBob MillerFirst roundDaytonL 88-80
Westn/aDaytonDon DonoherRegional Fourth PlaceNew MexicoL 66-61
Westn/aIdaho StateJim KillingsworthFirst roundNew MexicoL 73-65
Westn/aNew MexicoNorm EllenbergerRegional Third PlaceDaytonW 66-61
Westn/aSan FranciscoBob GaillardRegional Runner-upUCLAL 83-60
Westn/aUCLAJohn WoodenThird PlaceKansasW 78-61

Bracket

East region

 QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
              
     
   N.C. State92 
    Providence78 
  Providence84
   Pennsylvania69 
    N.C. State100
   Pittsburgh72
   Pittsburgh54 
  St. Joseph's42 
  Pittsburgh81
    Furman78 
  Furman75
   South Carolina67 


West region

 QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
              
     
   UCLA111 
    Dayton100 
  Dayton88
   Cal State Los Angeles80 
    UCLA83
   San Francisco60
      
     
  San Francisco64
    New Mexico61 
  New Mexico73
   Idaho State65 


Mideast region

 QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
              
     
   Vanderbilt61 
    Marquette69 
  Marquette85
   Ohio U59 
    Marquette72
   Michigan70
      
     
  Michigan77
    Notre Dame68 
  Notre Dame108
   Austin Peay66 


Midwest region

 QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
              
     
   Kansas55 
    Creighton54 
  Creighton77
   Texas61 
    Kansas93
   Oral Roberts90*
      
     
  Louisville93
    Oral Roberts96 
  Oral Roberts86
   Syracuse82* 


Final Four

 National SemifinalsNational Championship Game
         
E N.C. State80 
W UCLA77 
  E N.C. State76
 ME Marquette64
ME Marquette64
MW Kansas51 National Third Place Game
W UCLA78
MW Kansas61

References

  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