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1969 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1969 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: UCLA

Most Outstanding Player: Lew Alcindor, UCLA

Final Four: North Carolina, Purdue, Drake, UCLA

Shining Moments

  • In the national semifinals, Drake threw a scare into UCLA, scoring eight straight points in the last 55 seconds to make it a one-point game. The Bruins pulled it, though, and beat Purdue in the championship game behind Alcindor’s 37 points and 20 rebound
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  • While Alcindor was dominating on the court, winning his third straight Most Outstanding Player award, his father was playing trombone in the UCLA band.
  • Both Purdue and North Carolina won in the final seconds of the regional finals. Purdue’s Rick Mount hit a jumper at the buzzer to beat Marquette, while the Tar Heels advanced on Charlie Scott’s 20-footer with two seconds left.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Louisville

UCLA (92)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Lynn Shackelford 35 3-8 5-8 9 0 3 11
Curtis Rowe 37 4-10 4-4 12 3 2 12
Lew Alcindor 36 15-20 7-9 20 0 2 37
Ken Heitz 34 0-3 0-1 3 4 4 0
John Vallely 31 4-9 7-10 4 0 3 15
Bill Sweek 10 3-3 0-1 1 0 3 6
Sidney Wicks 6 0-1 3-6 4 1 1 3
Terry Schofield 3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2
Steve Patterson 5 1-1 2-2 2 0 0 4
Bill Seibert 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
George Farmer 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
John Ecker 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2
Totals 200 32-58 28-41 61 8 19 92
FG%--.552. FT%--.683. Turnovers--19 (Heitz 4, Vallely 4).
 
Purdue (72)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Herm Gilliam 32 2-14 3-3 11 3 2 7
George Faerber 17 1-2 0-0 3 0 5 2
Jerry Johnson 27 4-9 3-4 9 0 2 11
Rick Mount 37 12-36 4-5 1 0 3 28
Bill Keller 32 4-17 3-4 4 3 5 11
Frank Kaufman 13 0-0 2-2 5 0 5 2
Tyrone Bedford 25 3-8 1-3 8 0 3 7
Larry Weatherford 15 1-5 2-2 1 0 3 4
Ted Reasoner 1 0-1 0-1 1 0 2 0
Ralph Taylor 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 27-92 18-24 48 6 30 72
FG%--.293. FT%--.750. Turnovers--4.
Halftime: UCLA 50-41.

National semifinals

Purdue 92, North Carolina 65
PURDUE (92): Gilliam 3-11 0-0 6, Faerber 3-3 2-2 8, Johnson 2-5 1-3 5, Mount 14-28 8-9 36, Keller 9-19 2-3 20, Kaufman 0-1 2-3 2, Weatherford 3-6 1-1 7, Bedford 3-3 0-0 6, Taylor 1-1 0-1 2, Longfellow 0-1 0-0 0, Reasoner 0-0 0-0 0, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Team 38-78 (.487) 16-22 (.727) 92.

NORTH CAROLINA (65): Bunting 7-13 5-7 19, Scott 6-19 4-6 16, Clark 7-9 6-10 20, Fogler 1-4 0-0 2, G. Tuttle 2-4 0-1 4, Delany 0-2 0-0 0, Dedmon 0-1 0-1 0, Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Gipple 0-3 0-0 0, Chadwick 1-2 0-0 2, R. Tuttle 0-1 0-0 0, Eggleston 0-0 0-0 0. Team 25-62 (.403) 15-25 (.600) 65.

Halftime: Purdue 53-30.

UCLA 85, Drake 82
UCLA (85): Shackelford 2-5 2-3 6, Rowe 6-9 2-2 14, Alcindor 8-14 9-16 25, Heitz 3-6 1-3 7, Vallely 9-11 11-14 29, Wicks 0-2 0-0 0, Sweek 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 0-0 2-2 2, Schofield 0-3 2-4 2. Team 28-50 (.560) 29-44 (.660) 85.

DRAKE (82): Pulliam 4-4 4-5 12, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Wise 5-7 3-4 13, McCarter 10-27 4-4 24, Draper 5-13 2-2 12, Odom 0-2 0-1 0, Wanamaker 4-7 1-1 9, Zeller 4-12 4-6 12, Gwin 0-0 0-1 0. Team 32-83 (.386) 18-24 (.667) 82.

Halftime: UCLA 44-43.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Lew Alcindor C Sr. UCLA* (62 pts, 41 rebs)
Willie McCarter G Sr. Drake (52 pts, 13 assists)
Rick Mount G Jr. Purdue (64 pts)
Charlie Scott F-G Jr. North Carolina (51 pts, 10 rebs)
John Vallely G Jr. UCLA (44 pts, 10 rebs)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Rick Mount, Purdue (122 points, 30.5 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Lew Alcindor, UCLA (64 rebounds, 16 rpg).
  • 1969 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    Duquesne 74, St. Joseph's 52
    Davidson 75, Villanova 61
    St. John's 72, Princeton 63

    Mideast
    Marquette 82, Murray State 62
    Miami (Ohio) 63, Notre Dame 60

    Midwest
    Texas A&M 81, Trinity (Tex.) 66
    Colorado State 52, Dayton 50

    West
    New Mexico State 74, Brigham Young 62
    Weber State 75, Seattle 73

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    North Carolina 79, Duquesne 78
    Davidson 79, St. John's 69

    Mideast
    Marquette 81, Kentucky 74
    Purdue 91, Miami (Ohio) 71

    Midwest
    Drake 81, Texas A&M 63
    Colorado State 64, Colorado 56

    West
    UCLA 53, New Mexico State 38
    Santa Clara 63, Weber State 59 (OT)

    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    Duquesne 75, St. John's 72

    Mideast
    Kentucky 72, Miami (Ohio) 71

    Midwest
    Colorado 97, Texas A&M 82

    West
    Weber State 58, New Mexico State 56

    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    North Carolina 87, Davidson 85

    Mideast
    Purdue 75, Marquette 73 (OT)

    Midwest
    Drake 84, Colorado State 77

    West
    UCLA 90, Santa Clara 52

    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Purdue 92, North Carolina 65
    UCLA 85, Drake 82

    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Drake 104, North Carolina 84

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    UCLA 92, Purdue 72

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