Today in Sports History: March 22

On this day in 1969, UCLA completed a 3-peat as they beat Purdue 92-72 in the 31st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.UCLA center Lew Alcindor (NBA legend Kareem-Abdul Jabbar) won the tournament Most Outstanding Player award for the third consecutive year. In the contest, Abdul-Jabbar led the team with 37 points and 20 rebounds. The win helped secure UCLA’s fifth NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship of the decade. The Bruins were the most dominant college basketball powerhouse in the 60’s and 70’s. Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Walton, Gail Goodrich, and Marques Johnson are a few of the notable players that helped UCLA win ten championships over two decades. They all played under legendary coach John Wooden, who was at the helm of the program for 40 years serving as head coach of the UCLA Bruins.

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