Ranking the Most Unlikely Champions in College Basketball History

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Ranking the Most Unlikely Champions in College Basketball History
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Shabazz Napier and the No. 7 Connecticut Huskies painted a masterpiece to win the 2014 NCAA championship, but where does it rank among the unlikeliest of title runs in men's college basketball history?

In the heat of the moment, we were bombarded with hyperbole about Connecticut and Kentucky being the most unprecedented pairing in championship history. But now that there have been a few months to let it all soak in, it's time to put that magical run in perspective.

Because let's face it: There have been quite a few totally unexpected champions over the past 75 years.

The 1980s were particularly out of control, producing five of the top nine teams on this list of unlikely NCAA champions.

 

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