Lakers Madness: Looking Back At Future Lakers In NCAA Tournament

1lewKareem Abdul-Jabbar:  1967, 68, 69 Most Outstanding Player

I shouldn’t have to do any “selling” on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as I think the numbers say as much as anything I could. That’s said, Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) may just be the most dominant force the college (and pro) game has truly ever seen. Abdul-Jabbar had the unprecedented mix of massive size (7’2″), agility,  and skill that overwhelmed the college game so much that is rumored they outlawed the slam dunk in an effort to limit his scoring ability. Fortunate enough for his Bruins, Abdul-Jabbar had plenty of tools left in his arsenal, and led the team to an 88-2 record while winning three national titles during that stretch.

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1967

29 points, 10 rebounds vs. Wyoming

38 points, 14 rebounds vs. Pacific

19 points, 20 rebounds vs. Houston

20 points, 18 rebounds vs Dayton

1968

28 points, 23 rebounds vs. New Mexico State

22 points, 18 rebounds vs. Santa Clara

19 points, 18 rebounds vs. Houston

34 points, 16 rebounds vs. North Carolina

1969

16 points, 16 rebounds vs. New Mexico St.

17 points, 7 rebounds vs. Santa Clara

25 points, 21 rebounds vs. Drake

37 points, 20 rebounds vs. Purdue

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