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.
From the Pyramid of Success to the accomplishments listed below, John Wooden’s impact will never fade. Not on the game of basketball, or the lives of those who knew him.
He won 10 NCAA Mens Basketball Championships
He won seven NCAA Championships in seven consecutive years
He holds the record for most appearances in the Final Four at 16, the most consecutive appearances at 9 and the most victories at 21.
He had 8 perfect PAC 8 Conference season (now the PAC 10)
Many within the basketball world have been remembering Wooden in their own words...
"He's a legend and an icon. He's one of the world's treasures, but especially in L.A..” - Magic Johnson
"His legacy is unmatched. It's unreal. You talk to players that played for him, they all say to a man that he has made them better people, aside from the basketball. Just them as people, he's helped them be better. That's the true testimony to his legacy." – Kobe Bryant
"Forget the coaching part. I wish we could all be that decent.” Doc Rivers
"He was a great teacher, and he was a molder of talent. Basketball was just the means that he affected us, and made us deal with our character issues. Because what we'd learn on the court really did translate to our lives. – Kareem Abdul Jabar
One coach still knows more than all the others combined. And he's been retired for three decades. – Rick Riley
On March 22, 1969, Coach John Wooden and UCLA won their fifth national championship in six years as they beat Purdue 92-72 in the finals of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball tournament. UCLA was led by the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), who scored 37 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. UCLA Men’s Basketball holds several NCAA records. Here are just a few: - 11 NCAA titles. - 7 consecutive NCAA titles, from 1967-1973. - 13 NCAA title game appearances. - 10 consecutive Final Four appearances, from 1967-1976.