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Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
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National Collegiate Athletic Association. Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 31. March 15 and 17, 1990. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1014.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association. (March 15 and 17, 1990). Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds - Page 31. University of Houston Sports Championship Publications. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/champ/item/1144/show/1014

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Title Division I Men's Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds
Creator (LCNAF)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Publisher National Collegiate Athletic Association
Date March 15 and 17, 1990
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  • Basketball
  • College sports
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  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
Subject. Geographic (TGN)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
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  • programs (documents)
Language English
Physical Description 166 page document with half-page insert
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Original Item Location ID 2009-006, Box 7, Folder 7
Original Collection Athletics Department Records
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Transcript merely set the stage for higher drama in 1968. In the Astrodome in Houston, in modern basketball's conceptual megabucks game, the Cougars and Hayes snapped UCLA's 47-game winning streak, 71-69. A crowd of 52,683, college basketball's largest, watched, and so did a huge television audience. To this day, Wooden remains convinced the best team did not win. "I don't think," he says, "we would have lost if Alcindor hadn't been hurt." Alcindor was hurting for the mid-season game with an eye injury. But when it really counted, when they met again in the national semifinals in Los Angeles, the once-beaten Bruins destroyed the undefeated Cougars, 101-69. "If I ever had one that I thought might have a chance to go through undefeated, that was the team," says Wooden. "And we didn't do it." But Walton was on the horizon, and with the rambunctious redhead from San Diego dominating the game as Alcindor had before him, the Bruins capped consecutive 30-0 seasons with NCAA championships in 1972 and again in 1973. That year, Walton set a championship-game record, missing only one of 22 field-goal attempts and scoring a record 44 points in the Bruins' 87-66 championship-game victory over Memphis State. With Walton back as a senior, yet another unbeaten season and another championship seemed to be a matter of merely waiting out the calendar. Only John Wooden knew better. "I told them after the first year they were a delight to work with," he says. "And I told them we'd be even better when they were juniors. But I also told them, 'When you're seniors, you'll probably be intolerable.' " In the 14th game of the 1973-74 season, after 88-straight victories, UCLA was upset by Notre Dame and perfection, Bruin style, was history. Gone, too, after a final title in 1975 — the Bruins beat Kentucky, 92-85, in his final game for title No. 10 — was Wooden. But if the Wizard was history, wizardry was not. Indiana, and Bob Knight, were waiting in the wings. Knight had been a sixth man on the Havlicek-Lucas Ohio State team that won the NCAA title in 1960 and lost to Cincinnati in the title game the next two years. And under Knight, the 1975 Hoosiers looked unbeatable until the breaks of the game — in this case, forward Scott May's broken arm — took their toll. After 31- straight wins, the Hoosiers fell, 92-90, to Kentucky in their regional final. But May had another year left. And the Hoosiers had more than enough. An 86-68 championship victory over Big Ten rival Michigan, which had polished off previously unbeaten Rutgers in the semifinals, put the finishing touches on a 32-0 season. Now, the years roll on and the unbeatens grow scarce. We wonder if we have, perhaps, seen the last of perfection. Fourteen seasons have produced only one unbeaten tournament qualifier, Indiana State in 1979. Magic was both in the air and on the court when the 33-0 Sycamores, with Larry Bird, met Michigan State and Ervin Johnson for the title. Michigan State's 75-64 win bordered on the routine. And, as suddenly as they came in, perfect records went out of style. So, we wonder, as basketball has progressed, has the degree of difficulty changed to the point of making the possible almost impossible? Is it that much harder these days to do the things you did, John Wooden? "Not at all," he answers. "NOT AT ALL." We start to argue. We don't. We figure he knows a little bit more about it than we do. A ^m « m, Indiana State's Larry Bird paced the Sycamores to the 1979 national championship berth. 30