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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: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

91 UNLV was the best team I've ever seen.  A lot of young fans have heard of the 'Cuse 2-3 but haven't heard of the "ameba" defense that UNLV used to run.  The Fab Five(can't remember the year) should be on this list as well.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

THey MIGHT have went two years without losing a game and they MIGHT have won two consecutive National Championships.  They still would have had a Final Four and Championship game to play in 1975, no?  No one can say for certain that they would have won either of those games.  A good possibility?  Yes.  A certainty?  Not so much.



Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:07 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

For all the accliam given to the 1976 Indiana team (and rightly so), people often forget about the 1975 team. Undefeated heading into the NCAA tournament and steamrolling their way to a national title, their best player Scott May (who's son's name shall not be spoken in the state of Indiana) broke his arm in the last game of the regular season against Purdue. Even without him, they made it to the Elite 8 where they were beaten 92-90 by Kentucky. Had May not been injured, they would have went 2 years without losing a game and had 2 national titles. Don't forget about 1975!



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:03 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

Alabama, which was good but hardly GREAT, had that Indiana team beaten until some questionable calls in the final two minutes kept Knight's unbeaten season alive.



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

Global Jaybird, since you so kindly mentioned that these guys are writers (sort of) and therefore have to expect screwups of some sort, I'd say it's safe to assume that you're ALSO A writer.  Why?  Because the 1991 UNLV team didn't beat Duke in the Championship, that was the 90 team.  Therefore, it's also safe to say that it WASN'T the same team that "clipped" them next year, because by your reckoning that would have been the 1992 Duke team.  Uhh, wrong.  That 1992 Duke team barely escaped a very undermanned Kentucky squad in the Elite Eight on a last second shot.  Some guy by the name of Laettner.  Seriously, if you're gonna try to throw some subtle digs in at these guys, at least have all YOUR facts straight first, huh?  Makes you look less incompetent that way.......



Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

The most talented team EVER, bar none, didn't win a NC. That goes to the Houston Cougars and Phi Slama Jama. They ran into one of those Cinderella stories in NC State, but Houston would beat them 98 out of 100 and would have wiped the floor of any of those UCLA teams.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

Gary Parrish - 2008 Kansas team # 6? Really? A good team, but not one of the greats IMO - I seem to recall they were fairly lucky to beat Memphis. Great teams usually don't just barely win in the final game...The great ones usually blow other teams away, though I will concede that was a very good Memphis team.



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

A team that was without their best player



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

I agree, 2004 Uconn has to be on there, over 2000 Cinci



Since: Aug 16, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:44 pm
 

Our ballots for the top 16 teams of all-time

agreed, 2004 UConn should be on there


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