UCLA Beats North Carolina in Final Four
The 1968 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, 1968, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in Los Angeles, California. 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 78-55 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Lew Alcindor of UCLA was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
The semi-final match between the Houston Cougars and UCLA Bruins was a re-match of the college basketball Game of the Century held in January at the Astrodome.
The Bruins had an advantage by playing the game at its home city's Memorial Sports Arena, which actually was their home court before Pauley Pavilion was built in 1965. UCLA won 101-69.
Hayes had the game of his life, scoring 39 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and tossing in the deciding free throws for a dramatic 71–69 Cougar victory. Alcindor had only 15 points, but played with a scratched left eyeball.