1971 MEN'S BASKETBALL
Forward Sidney Wicks was the prime catalyst most of the season, but it was center Steve Patterson who scored 29 points to lead UCLA to a 68-62 victory over Villanova in the NCAA title game in Houston, Texas. The Bruins won their fifth consecutive national championship, their seventh in eight years. This one did not come easily, however. Though they went 29-1 (the lone loss came at Notre Dame), the Bruins relied on their poise and discipline to win seven games by five points or fewer. Wicks beat Oregon State in the final seconds with a basket, and UCLA rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final minutes to beat USC at the Sports Arena. In the NCAA regionals, the Bruins rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Cal State Long Beach 57-55. Wicks led the team in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive season, averaging 21.3 points and 12.7 boards per game. Curtis Rowe averaged 17.5 points and Patterson chipped in 12.9.