1968 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lew Alcindor scored 34 points as the Bruins blasted North Carolina 78-55 in the NCAA title game at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles. The victory gave UCLA its fourth championship in five years. With their entire starting lineup back from the 1967 national championship season, the Bruins were favored to win again in 1968. However, they entered the NCAA tournament ranked second in the nation behind Houston after a two-point defeat to the Cougars in the Astrodome, a loss that snapped UCLA's winning streak at 47. In the NCAA semifinals, however, the Bruins exacted revenge, crushing Houston 101-69 as Alcindor, Lucius Allen and Mike Lynn each scored 19 points. Five players averaged in double figures in scoring for the 29-1 Bruins in 1968, led by Alcindor's 26.2. He was named the college player of the year.