Putting together one winning team in college basketball is hard enough, but the far bigger challenge is to keep winning year after year after year. There aren’t many programs that can survive the caprices of the recruiting trail and the grind of the college hoops schedule and keep themselves among the nation’s best on a regular basis.
One exception that’s emerged comparatively recently is the Gonzaga Bulldogs. In 1990, few fans even knew what conference the Zags played in, and now players such as Kevin Pangos have them winning the WCC and ranked in the Top 25 virtually every year.
Herein, a closer look at Mark Few’s success story and the rest of the 20 NCAA squads in the best position to stay in the spotlight over the long haul.