Top 16 college basketball teams of all time

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By Jeff Goodman | CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider

Christian Laettner's shot. That's the image everyone recalls from Duke's 1992 national title team, but it may have overshadowed this team's overall accomplishments. It's a group that returned just about everyone, except for Greg Koubek, from the squad that clipped the nets the previous year. The Blue Devils began the season at No. 1 and reeled off 17 consecutive wins out of the gates before losing to North Carolina in Chapel Hill. But this team was powerful. Laettner was more than just about the spectacular game-winner against Kentucky in the Elite Eight. He was the top player in the nation -- and had the elite point guard, Bobby Hurley, making his life easier. There was Grant Hill, Thomas Hill and Antonio Lang -- all critical to a team that wound up pounding the Fab Five by 20 points to cut down the nets. Duke posted back-to-back national titles for the first time since UCLA reeled off seven from 1967 to 1973 -- and the road was far from easy. Mike Krzyzewski & Co. had to go through Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan to defend their crown.

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

Primary starters: Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, Antonio Lang

Record: 34-2

NCAA tournament final result: Defeated Michigan 71-51 to win the national title.

Best player: Christian Laettner. He hit one of the most memorable shots in NCAA tournament history, a turnaround 18-footer as time expired in overtime to knock off Kentucky in the Elite Eight. Laettner was dominant in that game and throughout nearly the entire season. He made all 10 of his field-goal attempts and was 10-for-10 from the free-throw line against the Wildcats -- and also earned National Player of the Year honors while averaging 21.5 points and 7.9 boards per game.

Another worth noting: While Laettner got most of the headlines, he wouldn't have been the same player without Hurley, the gritty floor general who was the MVP in the Final Four. Hurley was a pure point guard who could also score when necessary. He averaged 17 points and 8.2 assists and remains the NCAA's all-time career assists leader.

This team is one of the best of all-time because ... It was the first team to repeat since John Wooden's UCLA teams from 1967 to 1973. Duke also played in one of the most exciting and memorable games in college basketball history in the Elite Eight. These guys obviously had talent with Laettner, Hurley, the Hill boys and Lang, but they played with a fire and also did it with the target on their backs all season. The Blue Devils lost twice -- the first coming in Chapel Hill against North Carolina and the other at Wake Forest. They were 14-2 in the ACC when the league was loaded.

Did you know ... Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had to knock off his mentor, Bob Knight, and Indiana to reach the national title game.

 
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