These are purely subjective rankings, and I encourage you to throw your own in the comments. Supply some reasoning, and let's discuss. If you don't think this year's team should be in this elite company, move on quietly and let the rest of us have some fun.
6. 1940 National Champions
First off, 33 percent shooting qualified as a breathtaking burst of offensive efficiency. Secondly, if the committee had gone by the letter of the law, Purdue would have been in the tournament instead.
5. 1953 National Champions
Schlundt was destructive, for sure, but he was still playing in an era where 6'9" players didn't grow on trees the way they seem to today. He also gave up 26 points (and an alleged triple-double) to Kansas beanpole B.H. Born in the title game.
4. 2013 Indiana Hoosiers
We may still see a lot out of this season's team. Victor Oladipo gets more assertive with every game. Cody Zeller will have plenty of chances to make clutch shots, unless the Hoosiers simply blow a lot of people out. Yogi Ferrell may find his range on a consistent basis.
Still, it's hard to put this team on the level of a Bob Knight squad just yet.
3. 1981 National Champions
They were extremely difficult to score on. Also, even if an opponent could shackle Isiah, the offense could run through Wittman or Tolbert. It wasn't a team too proud to drag the game into a defensive slugfest.
2. 1987 National Champions
Alford and Smart were both capable of working in either backcourt role, scorer or facilitator, which made them hard to defend.
The forwards, Thomas and Calloway, were tremendous athletes, and you did not come in Dean Garrett's lane if you knew what was good for you.
The bench didn't scare anyone, but that was a common condition for Knight's teams.
1. 1976 National Champions
May and Benson provided the bulk of the scoring, but everyone else had a role and played it well. The Undefeated Ones outscored opponents by 17 PPG, held opponents to 43 percent shooting and played the roughest series of tournament games we will ever see. This is simply one of the best teams of all time.
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