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Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all time

Posted on: February 21, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 12:45 pm
 
John Wooden's 1973 UCLA team, above, and his '68 squad were in the top three of every ballot. (AP)

By Gary Parrish


In March, the CBS Sports Network will air one big show in four parts, on two nights, on the best 16 college basketball teams in history.

They asked me to submit a ballot.

They asked Jeff Borzello, Jeff Goodman and Matt Norlander to do the same.

After a whole lot research and subsequent debate on Twitter, we finally filed our lists. Lots of you asked to see them. We decided to let you. So take a look and tell us what you think. And don't forget the the best team in this sport doesn't always win the national championship because that fact of life is reflected in our ballots. Teams in italics did not win national titles.

Kentucky in 1995-96 was absolutely ridiculous. (AP)
----- Gary Parrish's Ballot -----
  1. 1968 UCLA
  2. 1996 Kentucky
  3. 1973 UCLA
  4. 1982 North Carolina
  5. 1976 Indiana
  6. 2008 Kansas
  7. 2009 North Carolina
  8. 1991 UNLV
  9. 1999 Duke
  10. 1992 Duke
  11. 2005 North Carolina
  12. 2007 Florida
  13. 1956 San Francisco
  14. 1957 North Carolina
  15. 1974 North Carolina State
  16. 2000 Cincinnati

----- Jeff Goodman's Ballot -----

  1. 1968 UCLA
  2. 1973 UCLA
  3. 1976 Indiana
  4. 1956 San Francisco
  5. 1982 North Carolina
  6. 1996 Kentucky
  7. 1992 Duke
  8. 1990 UNLV
  9. 1974 North Carolina State
  10. 1984 Georgetown
  11. 1979 Michigan State
  12. 1960 Ohio State
  13. 1967 UCLA
  14. 2007 Florida
  15. 2005 North Carolina
  16. 2009 North Carolina
The longer we go without a team going buzzer to buzzer without a loss, the better 1975-76 Indiana looks for being the last team to accomplish the feat. (AP)
----- Jeff Borzello's Ballot -----
  1. 1968 UCLA
  2. 1973 UCLA
  3. 1976 Indiana
  4. 1956 San Francisco
  5. 1996 Kentucky
  6. 1972 UCLA
  7. 1991 UNLV
  8. 1982 North Carolina
  9. 1992 Duke
  10. 1974 North Carolina State
  11. 1990 UNLV
  12. 1967 UCLA
  13. 1954 Kentucky
  14. 1957 North Carolina
  15. 1984 Georgetown
  16. 1960 Ohio State

----- Matt Norlander's Ballot -----

  1. 1973 UCLA
  2. 1996 Kentucky
  3. 1968 UCLA
  4. 1976 Indiana
  5. 1982 North Carolina
  6. 1956 San Francisco
  7. 1992 Duke
  8. 2005 North Carolina
  9. 1974 N.C. State
  10. 1957 North Carolina
  11. 1991 UNLV
  12. 2001 Duke
  13. 2007 Florida
  14. 1984 Georgetown
  15. 1999 Duke
  16. 2008 Kansas

CBS Sports Network will be celebrating the 16 greatest college basketball teams of all time in the upcoming, four-part series, "16." Our CBS Sports panel of experts has voted, and on March 19 and 20, you'll be able to see which teams make up our list. You can help us celebrate your favorite team by sending us your tweets -- use the hashtag #CBS16 -- or leave your comments below. Then, look for your content as we'll work to incorporate the best submissions into the series.

You can also chime in on Facebook: Eye on College Basketball or CBSSports.com


Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all time

Deepest team of all time: 1996 Kentucky. That team's second team would have been top 5 in the country.



Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all time

Yeah right 07 and Duke should have lost to Michigan.




Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:22 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

1st title game I can recall viewing is NC-Gtown and the following yr was Houston-NC State.  I'm sorry but if NC (Worthy, Jordan, Perkins, etc..) and Houston (Olajuwon, Drexler, Young, etc...) actually got to play with a shot clock, they would smoke most championship teams that have played since then.  Older fans can probably say the same bout Wooden's UCLA teams.  Teams played stall ball to keep it close alot of times.  One factor we'll never know about is how/if the 3-pointer would of changed any results from mid-80's and earlier.



Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:43 pm
 

1993 FSU - Elite 8 Team

Not sure how it ranks with the rest of them, but the 1993 Elite 8 Team of FSU was an amazing team. Better coaching would have put them on the list . The Seminole starting lineup of Doug Edwards, Charlie Ward, Sam Cassell, Bob Sura and Rodney Dobard featured four NBA first round draft picks.




Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:38 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

So Jeff Borzello is saying it's been 16 years ing we've had a Top 16 greatest team of all-time. I don't see anything resembling a 16 year gap between his other teams. Is he trying to say the quality of college basketball is at an all-time low? 



Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:15 pm
 

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Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

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Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:38 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

1996 Kentucky team should have lost to Syracuse in final if John Wallace does not foul out. Not a top team.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:29 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

I believe the 1995 UCLA team belongs in this list. They only lost one game on the road in overtime by 2 points.

Keep in mind this poll is about the best college teams. Not about teams with great players who went on to stardom as professionals. The 1982 North Carolina team with Jordan and Worthy is impressive if we look at the talent.


Does anyone realize the 2007 UCLA team the final team of Ben Howlands 3 final four appearances in a row had the following players:

Kevin Love
Russell Westbrook
Darren Collison
Luc Mah Boute
Aaron Afallo  

All five are starters in the NBA and two are Allstars        
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Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

andtinez...Are you still raggin' on the Jayhawks? For Christ's sake they kicked the dog$hit outa NC & were aloaded with NBA'ers. What is your friggin problem? Did you lose some money on em or something? Just go away & let it be-it's just a friggin story. Relax & take a breath...& push if you need to! LOL!


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