The Bruins' string of seven consecutive national championships ended with a double-overtime loss to North Carolina State in the 1974 semifinal game, but UCLA bounced back to win the title again in John Wooden's last season as coach. Senior Dave Meyers, the lone returning starter from the 1974 team, led Wooden's final team by averaging 18.3 points per game. Richard Washington averaged 15.9 points per game and Marques Johnson added 11.6. The Bruins lost three regular-season games, and had numerous other close games, but still managed to win the Pac-8 title. They struggled early in the NCAA tournament, with an overtime victory over Michigan in the first round and a 3-point win over Drake after that. But Washington scored 35 points in a 14-point victory over Arizona State in the West Regional final to propel UCLA to the Final Four. After a one-point overtime victory over Louisville in the national semifinal game, Wooden announced his retirement. The Bruins gave their legendary coach a 92-85 victory over Kentucky in his final game. Washington scored 28 points, Meyers added 24, and Drollinger came off the bench to grab 13 rebounds to secure UCLA's 10th national title in 12 years.

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