With Lew Alcindor gone to the NBA, few observers expected UCLA to extend its string of consecutive national championships. But the Bruins went 28-2 and made it four titles in a row with an 80-69 victory over Jacksonville in the final game in College Park, Maryland. Junior forwards Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe and junior center Steve Patterson gave UCLA a physical front line. They were joined in the backcourt by returning senior starter John Vallely and sophomore Henry Bibby. All five players averaged in double figures in scoring as the Bruins amassed 92 points per game, including a school-record 133 in a victory over LSU. Wicks emerged as the top scorer (18.6 points per game) and rebounder (11.9). In the title game, Jacksonville jumped out to a nine-point first-half lead behind stars Artis Gilmore and Rex Morgan. But the Bruins gained control by intermission, taking a five-point advantage and then going on to win 80-69 behind 19 points from Rowe and 17 each from Wicks and Patterson.

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