There are no fluke winners of the annual NCAA men's basketball tournament. Whoever wins does so only after winning six games over teams from all over the country, teams that all won at least 20 games and belong in the Big Dance. Every champion in the past quarter-century has deserved to win.
Inevitably, though, there are lesser and greater champions. Some teams truly dominate all season and all through the tournament; others surge unexpectedly beginning in mid-March. Still others never seem all that impressive, but find ways to win anyway.
Let's try to find the true gems, the teams that will be remembered fondly all month and throughout the years, and the ones who made us all shake our heads. Here are power rankings for the last 25 winners of the most exciting tournament in major American sports.