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The 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 15, 1975, and ended with the championship game on March 31 in San Diego, Californiamarker. A total of 36 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

UCLAmarker, coached by John Wooden, won his 10th and last national title with a 92–85 victory in the final game over Kentuckymarker, coached by Joe B. Hall. Richard Washington of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The Bruins again had an advantage by playing the Final Four in their home state. It marked the last time a team won the national championship playing in its home state.

Tournament notes

  • The bracket expanded to 32 teams.
  • This was the last tournament in which third-place games were contested in each regional. The national third-place game would continue to be played through the 1981 tournament.
  • This was also the first NCAA tournament to allow more than one team per conference. Previously, only one team from each conference was allowed. This change was response to a number of factors:
*The 1971 USC Trojans were ranked #2 with their only two losses being to conference rival and #1 ranked UCLA, but were excluded from the 1971 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament due to being second place in the conference to #1 UCLA.
*The 1974 ACC tournament final pitted two of the 3 best teams in the country in NC Statemarker and Marylandmarker.
*In 1974, the Collegiate Commissioners' Association held a tournament in St. Louis, Missouri. They invited the second-place teams from eight conferences to participate.
  • Finally, the national final was the last game for UCLA coaching legend John Wooden, who had announced his retirement at the press conference following the semi-final game with Louisville. Wooden won his tenth and final NCAA Men's Division I Basketball championship.

Memorable games

There were two memorable games in the 1975 tournament. Number 2 ranked Kentucky upset previously unbeaten Indiana 92-90 in their regional final. The Hoosiers, coached by Bob Knight, were undefeated and the number one team in the nation, when leading scorer Scott May suffered a broken arm in a win over arch-rival Purdue. This was the only loss Indiana would suffer between late 1974 and Spring 1976. In the national semifinals, UCLA defeated Louisville, coached by former Wooden assistant Denny Crum, 75-74 in overtime, rallying late in regulation to force overtime and coming from behind in overtime to win on a last second shot by Richard Washington.

Both games made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time, with the former at #8 and the latter at #18.


Region Site Other Locations
East Providence, Rhode Islandmarker Charlotte, North Carolinamarker, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker
Mideast Dayton, Ohiomarker Lexington, Kentuckymarker, Tuscaloosa, Alabamamarker
Midwest Las Cruces, New Mexicomarker Lubbock, Texasmarker, Tulsa, Oklahomamarker
West Portland, Oregonmarker Pullman, Washingtonmarker, Tempe, Arizonamarker
Finals San Diego, Californiamarker


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
West n/a Alabama C. M. Newton Round of 32 Arizona State L 97-94
West n/a Arizona State Ned Wulk Elite Eight UCLA L 89-75
West n/a Michigan Johnny Orr Round of 32 UCLA L 103-91
West n/a Montana Jud Heathcote Regional Fourth Place UNLV L 75-67
West n/a UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Regional Third Place Montana W 75-67
West n/a San Diego Statemarker Tim Vezie Round of 32 UNLV L 90-80
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Champion Kentucky W 92-85
West n/a Utah State Dutch Belnap Round of 32 Montana L 69-63
Midwest n/a Cincinnati Gale Catlett Regional Third Place Notre Dame W 95-87
Midwest n/a Creighton Tom Apke Round of 32 Maryland L 83-79
Midwest n/a Kansas Ted Owens Round of 32 Notre Dame L 77-71
Midwest n/a Louisville Denny Crum Third Place Syracuse W 96-88
Midwest n/a Maryland Lefty Driesell Elite Eight Louisville L 96-82
Midwest n/a Notre Dame Digger Phelps Regional Fourth Place Cincinnati L 95-87
Midwest n/a Rutgers Tom Young Round of 32 Louisville L 91-78
Midwest n/a Texas A&M Shelby Metcalf Round of 32 Cincinnati L 87-79
Mideast n/a Central Michigan Dick Parfitt Regional Third Place Oregon State W 88-87
Mideast n/a Georgetown John Thompson Round of 32 Central Michigan L 77-75
Mideast n/a Indiana Bob Knight Elite Eight Kentucky L 92-90
Mideast n/a Kentucky Joe B. Hall Runner-up UCLA L 92-85
Mideast n/a Marquette Al McGuire Round of 32 Kentucky L 76-54
Mideast n/a Middle Tennessee Statemarker Jimmy Earle Round of 32 Oregon State L 78-67
Mideast n/a Oregon State Ralph Miller Regional Fourth Place Central Michigan L 88-87
Mideast n/a UTEP Don Haskins Round of 32 Indiana L 78-53
East n/a Boston College Bob Zuffelato Regional Fourth Place North Carolina L 110-90
East n/a Furmanmarker Joe Williams Round of 32 Boston College L 82-76
East n/a Kansas State Jack Hartman Elite Eight Syracuse L 95-87
East n/a La Salle Paul Westhead Round of 32 Syracuse L 87-83
East n/a New Mexico State Lou Henson Round of 32 North Carolina L 93-69
East n/a North Carolina Dean Smith Regional Third Place Boston College W 110-90
East n/a Penn Chuck Daly Round of 32 Kansas State L 69-62
East n/a Syracuse Roy Danforth Fourth Place Louisvillemarker L 96-88


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Mideast region

Midwest region

West region

Final Four

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