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Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

Posted on: April 7, 2009 10:39 pm
 

Here's the rundown of the field:

85: Villanova
86: Louisville
87: Indiana
88: Kansas
89: Michigan
90: UNLV
91: Duke
92: Duke
93: North Carolina
94: Arkansas
95: UCLA
96: Kentucky
97: Arizona
98: Kentucky
99: Connecticut
00: Michigan State
01: Duke
02: Maryland
03: Syracuse
04: Connecticut
05: North Carolina
06: Florida
07: Florida
08: Kansas
09: North Carolina

The first round vote is underway: http://onlinesportsfanatic.com/2009
/04/06/bracket-vote-greatest-ncaa-t
ournament-champion-ever/

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Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2009 11:05 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

The title should be renamed so the confusion stops. It is only since 1985. Or just read all the posts before you throw an opinion out there about a team pre 85

 




Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2009 10:55 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

You are obviously not old enough to remember some of the great teams from the past, so here is some food for thought.  1976 Indiana, the last undefeated team.  1957 UNC, also undefeated and won championship in 3 ot vs Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain.  1966 Texas Western (now known as UTEP).  1983 NC State and Jimmy V defeating a very good Houston team with Hakeem Olajuwon.  'Oh yeah, and any one of John Woodens 10 UCLA championship teams from the 60's and early 70's.  Great idea, just lacked a little more research.  But of the teams you have there, i'd have to give the nod to this year's Tar Heels.  They had ngperhaps the most dominating performance in tournament history and without a doubt, one of the deepest teams i've ever seen.




Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2009 10:13 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

09 Tarheels were basically the same team from 08, who got beat by the 08 Jayhawks. 2008 KU may not be the best team in this list but they would have beat the tarheels this year




Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2009 10:00 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

 '76 hoosiers were the absolute best. Scott May, Kent Benson, Abernathy. They  were the best.




Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2009 3:41 pm
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

The tournament was expanded in 1985, which is what the basis of this tournament is.

 

I know, but let's stretch it back just one more year...just for fun.  Wink 




Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 8:28 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

1994 Arkansas Razorbacks of course. 40 minutes of non stop full court pressure. Not to mention not many people thought they could do it. 




Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2009 3:15 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

Never really looked at it from '85 on but an interesting breakdown here... but over 50% of the champions belong to teams that are multiple winners (14 of 25) of this time period (the expansion to 64):

Duke 3x champs

UNC 3x champs

UConn 2x champs

Florida  2x champs

Kansas 2x champs

Kentucky 2x champs

And think of the near misses... Michigan champs in '89, lost in Championship game in '92 and '93... UCLA champs in '95, lost in Championship game in '06 ... Arizona champs in '97 and lost in '01 ... Syracuse champs in '03, lost in Championship game in '87 and '96 ... Arkansas champs in '94 lost in '95 ... Michigan State champs in '00, lost in '09 ... Indiana champs in '87, lost in '02 ... Not to mention a few Duke ('86, '90, '94, '99), Florida ('00), Kentucky ('97) and Kansas ('91, '02) losses in the championship game during this era as well. 

Basically, almost every team's fans (and in some cases the players themselves) on this list has not only felt the glory of winning it all but the agonization of a defeat on the final night (exceptions: UNC, Louisville '86, Villanova '87, UNLV '90 and '02 Maryland) since the tournament expanded. And if you expand the "agony" to the final four you'll include great stomach punches like UNLV's defeat to Duke in '91 in the Semis and '01 Maryland blowing a big lead to Duke and UNC late 90s/early 00s flame outs in the final four or getting blown out, coming back, and still losing to Kansas in '08.

My point? It seems since the tournament expanded to 64 a handful of schools have monopolized the truly great accomplishments in the Final Four... 

 




Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2009 2:05 am
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

I'd have to go with 87 Hoosiers, but 89 Michigan please, othervgreat teams were 90 UNLV and 94 arkansas with the 40 minutes of hell. 




Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2009 8:08 pm
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

09 Tar Heels, what a team!

 

 




Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2009 7:57 pm
 

Greatest NCAA Basketball Champions Bracket: Rd 1

IMHO, the time period should stretch back one more year to 1984. 

The tournament was expanded in 1985, which is what the basis of this tournament is.



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