On This Day In History: Title # 2 For The Bruins

On March 20, 1965, the UCLA Bruins won their second consecutive NCAA Basketball title by defeating the University of Michigan. 

The 1964 - 65 Bruins were coached by "the man, the myth, the legend", John Wooden.  On the floor they were led by 6' 1" guard and UCLA native Gail Goodrich.  The team finished the season with a 28 - 2 record.  They faced BYU in their first game of the tournament defeating them 100 - 76.  Next up was San Francisco, who fell to the Bruins 101 - 93. 

 

As the Final Four began the four teams left standing were UCLA, Princeton, Wichita State and Michigan.  In the semifinal game the Bruins faced Wichita State, beating them rather easily, 108 - 89.  In the finals the Bruins were set to face the #1 Wolverines of Michigan.  The Sons of Westwood led throughout the game with a halftime lead of 47  - 34.  At the final buzzer the score was 91 - 80. Goodrich led the way with 42 points while the Wolverines were led by Cazzie Russell, who finished with 28.

 

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