UCLA Beats Michigan in Final Four
The 1965 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball.
It began on March 8, 1965, and ended with the championship game on March 20 in Portland, Oregon. A total of 27 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.
UCLA, coached by John Wooden, won the national title with a 91-80 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Dave Strack. Bill Bradley of Princeton was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
UCLA finished the season with 28 wins and two defeats. In the championship game, the Bruins were shooting 56.9% with Gail Goodrich's 42 points and Kenny Washington's 17 points to become the fifth team to win consective championships.
The two teams met again in the NCAA semifinals in Portland, but this time Michigan won easily, 93–76. Player of the Year and tourney MVP Bradley said goodbye to college ball with 58 points in the consolation game, which overshadowed defending champ UCLA's nine-point victory over Michigan in the title game.