1965 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1965 NCAA University Division 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.

1965 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMemorial Coliseum
Portland, Oregon
ChampionsUCLA Bruins (2nd title, 2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-upMichigan Wolverines (1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coachJohn Wooden (2nd title)
MOPBill Bradley (Princeton)
Top scorerBill Bradley Princeton
(177 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1964 1966»

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 shot 56.9% with Gail Goodrich's 42 points and Kenny Washington's 17 points to become the fifth team to win consecutive championships.[1]

Of note, this was the last NCAA Tournament for Henry Iba of Oklahoma State.


Bowling Green
College Park
First round (green), Regionals (blue), and Final Four (red)
Round Region Location Venue
First Round East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra
Mideast Bowling Green, Kentucky E. A. Diddle Arena
& West
Lubbock, Texas Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
Regionals East College Park, Maryland Cole Field House
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Memorial Coliseum
Midwest Manhattan, Kansas Ahearn Field House
West Provo, Utah Smith Fieldhouse
Final Four Portland, Oregon Memorial Coliseum

Portland, Oregon became the eighth host city, and the Memorial Coliseum the ninth host venue, of the Final Four. At the time the five-year-old arena was the third-youngest arena to host a Final Four, after Freedom Hall (2 years old at the time of its first Final Four) and McGaw Memorial Hall (4 years old), and the first opened in the 1960s. The tournament featured one new venue and host site, as the tournament came to Western Kentucky State College and E.A. Diddle Arena, the home of the Hilltoppers. Meanwhile, the midwest and west regional first rounds were played in one arena, the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. All eight venues used in the tournament in 1965 would host games again afterwards.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Connecticut Fred Shabel First round Saint Joseph's L 67–61
East NC State Press Maravich Regional Third Place Saint Joseph's W 103–81
East Penn State John Egli First round Princeton L 60–58
East Princeton Butch van Breda Kolff Third Place Wichita State W 118–82
East Providence Joe Mullaney Regional Runner-up Princeton L 109–69
East Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Fourth Place NC State L 103–81
East West Virginia George King First round Providence L 91–67
Mideast Dayton Don Donoher Regional Third Place DePaul W 75–69
Mideast DePaul Ray Meyer Regional Fourth Place Dayton L 75–69
Mideast Eastern Kentucky Jim Baechtold First round DePaul L 99–52
Mideast Michigan Dave Strack Runner Up UCLA L 91–80
Mideast Ohio James Snyder First round Dayton L 66–65
Mideast Vanderbilt Roy Skinner Regional Runner-up Michigan L 87–85
Midwest Houston Guy Lewis Regional Fourth Place SMU L 89–87
Midwest Notre Dame John Dee First round Houston L 99–98
Midwest Oklahoma State Henry Iba Regional Runner-up Wichita State L 54–46
Midwest SMU Doc Hayes Regional Third Place Houston W 89–87
Midwest Wichita State Gary Thompson Fourth Place Princeton L 118–82
West BYU Stan Watts Regional Fourth Place Oklahoma City L 112–102
West Colorado State Jim Williams First round Oklahoma City L 70–68
West Oklahoma City Abe Lemons Regional Third Place BYU W 112–102
West San Francisco Pete Peletta Regional Runner-up UCLA L 101–93
West UCLA John Wooden Champion Michigan W 91–80


* – Denotes overtime period

East regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    NC State 48  
      Princeton 66  
  Princeton 60
    Penn State 58  
      Princeton 109
    Providence 69
    Saint Joseph's 67  
  Connecticut 61  
  Saint Joseph's 73*
      Providence 81  
  Providence 91
    West Virginia 67  

Mideast regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Michigan 98  
      Dayton 71  
  Dayton 66
    Ohio 65  
      Michigan 87
    Vanderbilt 85
  Vanderbilt 83
      DePaul 78*  
  DePaul 99
    Eastern Kentucky 52  

Midwest regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Wichita State 86  
      SMU 81  
      Wichita State 54
    Oklahoma State 46
  Oklahoma State 75
      Houston 60  
  Houston 99
    Notre Dame 98  

West regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    UCLA 100  
      BYU 76  
      UCLA 101
    San Francisco 93
  San Francisco 91
      Oklahoma City 67  
  Oklahoma City 70
    Colorado State 68  

Final FourEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E Princeton 76
ME Michigan 93
ME Michigan 80
MW Wichita State 89
W UCLA 108

National Third Place GameEdit

National Third Place Game [2]
E Princeton 118
MW Wichita State 82

Regional Third Place GamesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New York Times, March 21, 1965
  2. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.