As much as March Madness loves its Cinderella stories, the upset-laden nature of the NCAA Tournament means that some of college basketball’s best teams are sent home without a national title. One bad matchup or one red-hot underdog can leave even the most high-powered college teams wondering what might have been.
Sometimes, even when the championship does go to the nation’s best team, there’s another top-flight squad that gets left out in the cold. Greg Oden led Ohio State to 35 wins in his lone collegiate season, but the Buckeyes fell to one of history’s most impressive champions, a group of Florida Gators winning the second of back-to-back titles.
Herein, a closer look at Oden’s Buckeyes and the rest of the most impressive teams to come up short of a title over the last two decades.