1964 College Basketball Recap
UCLA made its first trip to the Final Four in 1962 and finished fourth. Two years later, the Bruins returned and won it all. Little did anyone know that John Wooden & Co. would win 9 more titles in the next 11 years.
Led by the backcourt of Walt Hazard and Gail Goodrich, UCLA was undefeated during the regular season and entered the NCAAs ranked No.1. At the Final Four in Kansas City, the Bruins beat local favorite Kansas State in the semifinals, snapping the Wildcats' 13–game win streak in the process. No.3 Duke beat No.2 Michigan in the other semifinal.
In the championship game, UCLA—with no players over 6-5—beat the taller and slower Bule Devils by 15 to give coach Wooden his first championship.
Unranked Bradley won the NIT for the third time in eight years, routing No.14 New Mexico by 32 in the final.
Seven players averaged better than 30 points a game in 1964, led by Bowling Green's Howie Komives, who averaged 36.7.