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NCAA Top 20 Basketball Programs Post 3-Point Inception in 1987

Since I was not yet born when the NCAA instituted the three-point shot into the game in 1987, I've never known basketball any other way. The three-point line has made college basketball more exciting, allowing for more comebacks, but you could also argue it's a less physical game now.

Regardless of what your viewpoint on three-pointers is, both myself and Bleacher Report contributor Chase Johnson thought that compiling an article ranking teams' success since the inception of the three-point line would provide a unique look at the last 25 years of college basketball.

I want to personally thank Chase (whose B/R profile can be found at for supplying all the data used in this article and handing the information over to me. 

The six categories used to determine the top 20 teams were: wins, tournament appearances, conference tournament championships, regular season championships, Final Four appearances and national championships. While all six were accounted for when figuring out the order, the greatest emphasis was certainly given to Final Four appearances and national championships.

All 25 national champions since 1987 are a part of the 20-team list presented here. While it is impossible to determine how each of these teams have been directly affected by the institution of the three-point shot, it's clear that the addition of the shot completely changed the landscape of college basketball forever, in what I believe to be a positive light.

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