Top 16 college basketball teams of all time

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By Gary Parrish | CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider

It's hard to argue with perfection, so it's hard to argue with the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers being considered one of the best college basketball teams of all time. I mean, they never lost. Never. Ever. Think of every great team from the past 35 years. John Thompson's Georgetown teams. Jerry Tarkanian's UNLV teams. All of Mike Krzyzewski's teams and all of Roy Williams' teams, and all of Jim Calhoun's teams, too. They all have one thing in common -- at some point they lost. But guess who never lost? The 1976 Hoosiers.

Coach: Bob Knight

Primary starters: Quinn Buckner, Bob Wilkerson, Tom Abernethy, Scott May and Kent Benson

Record: 32-0

NCAA Tournament final result: Defeated Michigan 86-68 for the national title.

Best player: Scott May. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 24 points and eight rebounds per game for the Hoosiers and was at the time described by Knight as the "best all-around player" he'd ever been associated with. May was the National Player of the Year in 1976 and second overall pick in the subsequent NBA Draft. He won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 1976 Olympics, then spent seven seasons in the NBA.

Another worth noting: Kent Benson. The 6-11 junior averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game for the Hoosiers. He shot 58 percent from the field that season and dropped 38 points on Michigan State. Benson was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft. He spent 11 years in the league.

This team is one of the best of all-time because ... The Hoosiers were the last team to complete the season with a perfect record and national title. Every year we pretend somebody else has a chance to do it. This season it was gonna be North Carolina, then Kentucky. But North Carolina and Kentucky both lost (multiple times), and so the 1976 Hoosiers' place in college basketball remains. Indiana won its games that season by an average of 18 points. Afterward, May was asked if he thought another team would go undefeated and answered like this: "Records are made to be broken." Perhaps that's true, but it has been 35 years, and no team since has been able to match what Knight's team accomplished in the 1975-76 season.

Did you know ... Scott May's son later dominated college basketball too? His name was Sean May. He led North Carolina to the 2005 national title while scoring 24 points in the championship game, exactly as his father did three decades earlier.

 
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