1970 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1970 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Michigan State

Most Outstanding Player: Sidney Wicks, UCLA

Final Four: St. Bonaventure, Jacksonville, New Mexico State, UCLA

Shining Moments

  • No Lew Alcindor, no problem. UCLA still managed to average better than 90 points per game in the NCAA tournament, and Sidney Wicks went for 17 points and 18 rebounds in the title game. This Bruins’ outfit was a more balanced group, had at least four players in double-figures in every NCAA tournament game.
  • We never got the chance to see Bob Lanier and Artis Gilmore go head-to-head in the Final Four, as Lanier tore a knee ligament in the regional final against Kentucky. Both players averaged at least 26 points per game in the NCAA tournament.
  • Notre Dame’s Austin Carr set a couple scoring records during his three-game stretch in the 1970 NCAA tournament. He went for 61 points against Ohio in the first round, and averaged 52.7 points in three games.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: College Park, Md.

UCLA (80)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Curtis Rowe 38 7-15 5-5 8 1 4 19
Steve Patterson 38 8-15 1-4 11 2 1 17
Sidney Wicks 38 5-9 7-10 18 3 3 17
John Vallely 38 5-10 5-7 7 5 2 15
Henry Bibby 38 2-11 4-4 4 2 1 8
Kenny Booker 1 0-0 2-3 0 0 0 2
Bill Seibert 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0
John Ecker 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2
Rick Betchley 1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0
Jon Chapman 2 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0
Andy Hill 1 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0
Terry Schofield 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 28-63 24-35 53 13 12 80
FG%--.388. FT%--.875. Turnovers--18 (Morgan 8, Gilmore 4).
 
Jacksonville (69)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Vaughn Wedeking 37 6-11 0-0 2 3 2 12
Mike Blevins 19 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 3
Rex Morgan 37 5-11 0-0 4 11 5 10
Pembrook Burrows 24 6-9 0-0 6 0 1 12
Artis Gilmore 38 9-29 1-1 16 1 5 19
Greg Nelson 16 3-9 2-2 5 0 1 8
Chip Dublin 18 0-5 2-2 1 1 4 2
Rusty Baldwin 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Rod McIntyre 6 1-3 0-0 3 0 4 2
Don Hawkins 2 0-1 1-1 1 0 1 1
Ken Selke 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 31-80 7-8 40 17 24 69
FG%--.444. FT%--.686. Turnovers--23 (Vallely 7, Rowe 6, Wicks 6).
Halftime: UCLA 41-36.

National semifinals

Jacksonville 91, St. Bonaventure 83
JACKSONVILLE (91): Wedeking 7-15 1-1 15, Morgan 6-15 5-6 17, Burrows 2-4 1-1 5, McIntyre 0-3 0-0 0, Gilmore 9-14 11-15 29, Dublin 1-3 9-9 11, Nelson 1-7 10-12 12, Blevins 1-1 0-0 2, R. Baldwin 0-1 0-1 0. Team 27-63 (.429) 37-45 (.822) 91.

ST. BONAVENTURE (83): Kalbaugh 5-8 2-2 12, Hoffman 4-14 2-4 10, Gary 2-7 5-8 9, T. Baldwin 2-10 1-2 5, Gantt 8-17 0-0 16, Kull 4-7 0-0 8, Thomas 7-17 1-2 15, Grys 1-5 2-2 4, Tepas 0-0 2-2 2, Fahey 1-1 0-0 2. Team 34-86 (.395) 15-22 (.682) 83.

Halftime: Jacksonville 42-34.

UCLA 93, New Mexico State 77
UCLA (93): Rowe 4-7 7-11 15, Patterson 5-9 2-2 12, Wicks 10-12 2-5 22, Vallely 7-19 9-10 23, Bibby 8-13 3-3 19, Betchley 0-0 0-0 0, Schofield 0-0 0-0 0, Ecker 0-0 0-0 0, Seibert 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 0-0 0-1 0, Chapman 1-1 0-0 2. Team 35-63 (.556) 23-32 (.719) 93.

NEW MEXICO STATE (77): Criss 6-16 7-9 19, Collins 13-23 2-3 28, Burgess 1-6 0-0 2, Smith 4-11 2-3 10, Lacey 3-9 2-3 8, Reyes 1-6 0-0 2, Neal 2-4 0-0 4, Horne 0-4 2-2 2, Moore 1-1 0-0 2, Lefevre 0-0 0-0 0, Franco 0-0 0-0 0, McCarthy 0-0 0-0 0. Team 31-80 (.388) 15-20 (.750) 77.

Halftime: UCLA 48-41.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Jimmy Collins G Sr. New Mexico St. (46 pts)
Artis Gilmore C Jr. Jacksonville (48 pts, 37 rebs)
Curtis Rowe F Jr. UCLA (34 pts, 23 rebs)
John Vallely G Sr. UCLA (38 pts, 11 rebs)
Sidney Wicks F Jr. UCLA* (39 pts, 34 rebs)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Austin Carr, Notre Dame (158 points, 52.7 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Artis Gilmore, Jacksonville (93 rebounds, 18.6 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: David Hall, Kansas State (40 rebounds, 20 rpg).
  • 1970 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    St. Bonaventure 85, Davidson 72
    Niagara 79, Penn 69
    Villanova 77, Temple 69

    Mideast
    Notre Dame 112, Ohio University 82
    Jacksonville 109, Western Kentucky 96

    Midwest
    Houston 71, Dayton 64
    New Mexico State 101, Rice 77

    West
    Long Beach State 92, Weber State 73
    Utah State 91, Texas-El Paso 81


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    St. Bonaventure 80, North Carolina State 68
    Villanova 98, Niagara 73

    Mideast
    Kentucky 109, Notre Dame 99
    Jacksonville 104, Iowa 103

    Midwest
    Drake 92, Houston 87
    New Mexico State 70, Kansas State 66

    West
    UCLA 88, Long Beach State 65
    Utah State 69, Santa Clara 68


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    N.C. State 108, Niagara 88

    Mideast
    Iowa 121, Notre Dame 106

    Midwest
    Kansas State 107, Houston 98

    West
    Santa Clara 89, Long Beach State 86


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    St. Bonaventure 97, Villanova 74

    Mideast
    Jacksonville 106, Kentucky 100

    Midwest
    New Mexico State 87, Drake 78

    West
    UCLA 101, Utah State 79


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Jacksonville 91, St. Bonaventure 83
    UCLA 93, New Mexico State 77

    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    New Mexico State 79, St. Bonaventure 73

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    UCLA 80, Jacksonville 69

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