1973 MEN'S BASKETBALL
UCLA won its seventh straight national title in 1973, became the first school to post back-to-back unbeaten seasons and set an NCAA record for consecutive victories. The Bruins' 82-63 victory at Notre Dame in late January was their 61st in a row, breaking the old record set by the Bill Russell-led USF teams of the mid-1950s. By season's end, UCLA's streak was at 75. Along the way, the Bruins had very few close calls, winning each of their 26 regular-season games by at least six points and 23 of 26 by 10 points or more. In the NCAA regionals, UCLA survived USF's slowdown tactics, and in the national semifinals, the Bruins beat Indiana by 20 points behind a 22-point effort from reserve Tommy Curtis. In the title game, center Bill Walton turned in one of the most remarkable performances in NCAA tournament history. He made 21 of 22 shots in a 44-point, 13-rebound effort to lead the Bruins past Memphis State, 87-66.