UCLA Beats Purdue in Final Four
The 1969 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball.
It began on March 8, 1969, and ended with the championship game on March 22 in Louisville, Kentucky. Including consolation games in each of the regions and an overall consolation game, a total of 29 games were played.
UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 92-72 victory in the final game over Purdue, coached by George King. Lew Alcindor of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
In the game, John Vallely, the "Money Man", scored 29 points and Alcindor had 25 points, to give UCLA a win over Purdue, which is Wooden's alma mater. Wooden was an outstanding guard for the Boilermakers.
The victory in the finals gave Alcindor an overall record of 88–2 in three seasons, the only losses coming to Houston in 1968 and Southern Cal this year—a 46–44 freeze-o-rama in the final Pac-8 game of the season that broke the Uclans' 85-game winning streak at home.