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April 6, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–National Championship Game

1974 North Carolina St. Wolf Pack

vs.

1968 UCLA Bruins

 

How They Got Here

 

North Carolina St.

Defeated 1999 Duke  94-72

Defeated 1980 Louisville 96-82

Defeated 1978 Kentucky 82-70

Defeated 2019 Virginia 75-64

Defeated 2018 Villanova 97-75

 

UCLA

Defeated 1973 Providence  91-70

Defeated 1962 Cincinnati 75-59

Defeated 2015 Duke  83-57

Defeated 1968 Houston 99-92

Defeated 1972 UCLA  95-92

The Starting Lineups For Tonight’s Championship Game

 

North Carolina St. Wolf Pack

Center–Tom Burleson  7-2  Sr.  from Newland, North Carolina

Forward–Tim Stoddard 6-7 Jr. from East Chicago, Indiana

Forward–David Thompson 6-4 Jr. from Shelby, North Carolina

Guard–Moe Rivers  6-1 Jr. from  Brooklyn, New York

Guard–Monte Towe  5-7 Jr.  from Converse, Indiana

The Wolf Pack are coached by Norm Sloan

 

UCLA Bruins

Center–Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  7-2  Jr. from New York, New York

Forward–Mike Lynn 6-7 Sr. from Covina, California

Forward–Lynn Shackelford  6-5 Jr. from Burbank, California

Guard–Lucius Allen 6-2 Jr. from Kansas City, Kansas

Guard–Michael Warren  5-11 Sr. from South Bend, Indiana

The Bruins are coached by John Wooden

 

And Your Winner is: UCLA

 

1968 UCLA

104

1974 North Carolina St.

77

Boxscore

1968 UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

13

20

0

0

4

6

6

14

20

3

0

7

3

3

30

Mike Lynn

F

4

10

0

0

1

2

2

12

14

1

2

2

1

4

9

Lynn Shackleford

F

4

11

0

2

2

2

1

6

7

2

1

0

2

3

10

Lucius Allen

G

7

16

3

9

3

5

0

3

3

5

3

0

2

2

20

Mike Warren

G

8

18

3

7

3

4

0

2

2

4

2

0

4

2

22

Jim Nielsen

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

1

0

2

2

Kenny Heitz

2

5

1

3

2

2

0

1

1

3

2

0

1

0

7

Bill Sweek

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Gene Sutherland

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

2

Neville Saner

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

1

2

Team

3

Totals

41

87

7

22

15

21

11

44

58

20

11

10

15

19

104

 

 

 

North Carolina St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Tom Burleson

C

4

9

0

0

1

2

1

6

7

4

0

2

2

4

9

Tim Stoddard

F

5

14

0

0

0

0

2

8

10

0

0

0

4

5

10

David Thompson

F

7

17

3

8

4

5

2

10

12

3

2

1

5

3

21

Mo Rivers

G

3

11

2

7

2

3

1

4

5

2

1

0

3

1

10

Monte Towe

G

3

10

2

7

4

4

0

2

2

3

1

0

5

2

12

Phil Spence

2

4

0

0

1

2

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

3

5

Mark Moeller

2

5

1

3

2

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

7

Greg Hawkins

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

3

Steve Nuce

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Dwight Johnson

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

4

Totals

27

76

9

29

14

20

7

36

47

13

5

3

23

20

77

Player of the Game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

50

54

104

N.C. State

38

39

77

 

This concludes the Greatest NCAA Tournament That Was Never Played.  Our Congratulations go to the 1968 UCLA Bruins, the best college basketball team in the last 60 years, at least according to the tabletop basketball strategy board game.

 

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