Even though the 1967-68 UCLA Bruins did not go undefeated, there are those who believe that they are the greatest college basketball team of all time.
Their sole loss of the season was to Houston (71-69) in the middle of the year, in a matchup that was billed "The Game of the Century."
UCLA flattened their opponents one by one. They posted an average margin of victory of 26.2 points.
Though they were known as a super-potent offensive machine—five players averaged in double figures—they also were a dominant defensive unit.
Obviously, having Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) on their back line sure helped the Bruins ability to protect the rim. But, John Wooden’s squad was far from a one-man wrecking crew.
The Bruins held their opponents to 38.4 percent shooting and had an plus-11.9 rebounding margin.
When UCLA faced Houston again in the national semifinal game, the Bruins got their revenge on the Cougars, beating them 101-69, holding star center Elvin Hayes to 10 points and the entire Cougars offense to 28.9 percent shooting.
One day later, UCLA did not take its foot off the accelerator. The Bruins beat North Carolina 78-55 in the championship game, holding the Tar Heels to 34.9 percent shooting.
This 23-point margin of victory was the most lopsided championship game up until that time.