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College Basketball's Unfinished Business: Best Teams Not To Win A National Title

Chris HumphreyCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2011

College Basketball's Unfinished Business: Best Teams Not To Win A National Title

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    Throughout the course of college basketball history, there have been teams that were miles upon miles talent wise above their opponents that led to dominating the competition during the season.

     

    In certain years, the best talent and coaching were not enough to claim the title as some upstart underdog teams played a perfect game to upset the heavily favored team along the way to putting their names in the history books.

     

    With that being said, let’s get to the best teams that came up short in their quest of cutting down the nets after mad March.

     

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1997-1998 Arizona Wildcats

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    Strength of Schedule: 23rd in the nation out of 306 teams

     

    Regular Season: 30-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the Regional Final against the Utah Utes

     

    Head Coach: Lute Olson

     

    Players of Note: Mike Bibby, Jason Terry

1994-1995 Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Strength of Schedule: 10.45 (seventh out of 302)

     

    Regular Season: 32-7

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against UCLA

     

    Head Coach: Nolan Richardson

     

    Players of Note: Clint McDaniel, Corey Beck, Corliss Williamson

1978-1979 DePaul Blue Demons

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season: 26-6

     

    Postseason: Lost in National Semi-final against Indiana State

     

    Head Coach: Ray Meyer

     

    Players of Note: Mark Aguirre, Gary Garland

1977-1978 Duke Blue Devils

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season: 27-7

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Kentucky

     

    Head Coach: Bill Foster

     

    Players of Note: Jim Spanarkel, Mike Gminski, Gene Banks, Kenny Dennard

1984-1985 Georgetown Hoyas

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    Strength of Schedule: 5.76 (41st out of 282)

     

    Regular Season: 35-3

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship Game against Villanova

     

    Head Coach: John Thompson

     

    Players of Note: Patrick Ewing

1986-1987 Georgetown Hoyas

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    Strength of Schedule: 8.01 (23rd out of 290)

     

    Regular Season: 29-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the Regional Final against Providence

     

    Head Coach: John Thompson

     

    Players of Note: Reggie Williams

1989-1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Strength of Schedule: 10.33 (10th out of 292)

     

    Regular Season: 28-7

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Semifinal against UNLV

     

    Head Coach: Bobby Cremins

     

    Players of Note: Dennis Scott, Brian Oliver, Kenny Anderson, Malcolm Mackey

1982-1983 Houston Cougars

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    Strength of Schedule: 4.97 (49th out of 274)

     

    Regular Season: 31-3

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against NC State

     

    Head Coach:  Guy Lewis

     

    Players of Note: Michael Young, Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Larry Micheauux

1991-1992 Indiana Hoosiers

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    Strength of Schedule: 12.44 (second out of 298)

     

    Regular Season: 27-7

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Semifinal against Duke

     

    Head Coach: Bob Knight

     

    Players of Note: Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham, Alan Henderson, Eric Anderson

1978-1979 Indiana State Sycamores

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season: 33-1

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Michigan State

     

    Head Coach: Bill Hodges

     

    Players of Note: Larry Bird, Carl Birks

1988-1989 Illinois Fightin’ Illini

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    Strength of Schedule: 12.42 (fourth out of 293)

     

    Regular Season: 31-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Semi-Final against Michigan

     

    Head Coach:  Lou Henson

     

    Players of Note: Nick Anderson, Kenny Battle, Kendall Gill

1996-1997 Kansas Jayhawks

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    Strength of Schedule: 7.94 (39th out of 305)

     

    Regular Season: 34-2

     

    Postseason: Lost in the Regional Semifinal against Arizona

     

    Head Coach: Roy Williams

     

    Players of Note: Paul Pierce, Scot Pollard

1974-1975 Kentucky Wildcats

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season:  26-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against UCLA

     

    Head Coach: Joe Hall

     

    Players of Note: Kevin Grevey

1991-1992 Michigan Wolverines

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    Strength of Schedule: 12.26 (third out of 298)

     

    Regular Season: 24-9

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Duke

     

    Head Coach: Steve Fisher

     

    Players of Note: Jalen Rose, Chris Webber

1976-1977 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season: 28-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Marquette

     

    Head Coach: Dean Smith

     

    Players of Note: Phil Ford

1980-1981 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Strength of Schedule: 10.05 (fourth out of 264)

     

    Regular Season: 29-8

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Indiana

     

    Head Coach: Dean Smith

     

    Players of Note: James Worthy, Sam Perkins

2006-2007 Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Strength of Schedule: 9.02 (13th out of 325)

     

    Regular Season: 35-4

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against the Florida Gators

     

    Head Coach: Thad Matta

     

    Players of Note: Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr

1987-1988 Oklahoma Sooners

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    Strength of Schedule: 7.61 (35th out of 290)

     

    Regular Season: 35-4

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Kansas

     

    Head Coach: Billy Tubbs

     

    Players of Note: Stacey King, Harvey Grant, Ricky Grace

1993-1994 Purdue Boilermakers

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    Strength of Schedule: 9.90 (12th out of 301)

     

    Regular Season: 29-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the Regional Final against Duke

     

    Head Coach: Gene Keady

     

    Players of Note: Glenn Robinson

1984-1985 St John's Red Storm

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    Strength of Schedule: 7.05 (59th out of 282)

     

    Regular Season: 31-4

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Semi-finals against Georgetown

     

    Head Coach: Lou Carnesecca

     

    Players of Note: Chris Mullin, Walter Berry, Bill Wennington, Mark Jackson, Ron Rowan, Shelton Jones

1988-1989 Seton Hall Pirates

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    Strength of Schedule: 9.15 (46th out of 293)

     

    Regular Season: 31-7

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against Michigan

     

    Head Coach: P.J. Carlesimo

     

    Players of Note: John Morton, Andrew Gaze

1986-1987 Syracuse Orange

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    Strength of Schedule: 8.21 (18th out of 290)

     

    Regular Season: 31-7

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Semifinal against Indiana

     

    Head Coach: Jim Boeheim

     

    Players of Note: Sherman Douglas, Rony Seikaly, Derrick Coleman

1973-1974 UCLA Bruins

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season: 26-4

     

    Postseason: Lost in National Semifinal against Kansas

     

    Head Coach: John Wooden

     

    Players of Note: Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes

1990-1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

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    Strength of Schedule: 4.34 (72nd out of 295)

     

    Regular Season: 34-1

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Semifinal against Duke

     

    Head Coach: Jerry Tarkanian

     

    Players of Note: Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony

1958-1959 West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Strength of Schedule: N/A

     

    Regular Season: 29-5

     

    Postseason: Lost in the National Championship game against California

     

    Head Coach: Fred Schaus

     

    Players of Note: Jerry West

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