Reranking the Best College Basketball Teams of All-Time

Matt Ryan@Matlanta1989Correspondent IIApril 8, 2011

Reranking the Best College Basketball Teams of All-Time

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the net after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium
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    UConn's victory over the Butler gave the program it's 3rd national championship. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by six other schools. The Huskies latest championship has caused a debate about the program's place in college basketball history. Some feel UConn is now a blue blood in college basketball history, while others think they need to have success under different coaches before they can achieve that status. The 2011 championship run has secured a spot for UConn on this list, but how do they stack up against other historic programs?

No. 25 Temple

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    17 Mar 1996:  Temple coach John Chaney yells at the referee after a call during the first half of the Temple v Cincinnati second round Southeast regional game at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida. Cincinnati won 78-65. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/All
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    Conference Tournament Championships: 9

    NCAA Tournaments: 29

    Sweet Sixteens: 5

    Elite Eights: 5

    Final Fours: 2

    NCAA Championships: 0

    Pre-Tournament era championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1987-1988 Temple Owls, #1 overall seed in 1988 NCAA Tournament

    NBA Alumni: 33

    Interesting Fact: Most wins for a program that hasn't won the NCAA Tournament

No. 24 Marquette

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    NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 5:  Dwyane Wade #3 of Marquette University Golden Eagles advances the ball during the semifinal round of the NCAA Final Four Tournament against the University of Kansas Jayhawks at the Louisiana Superdome on April 5, 2003 in New Orlean
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    NCAA Tournaments: 29

    Sweet Sixteens: 14

    Elite Eights: 6

    Final Fours: 3

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1976-1977 Marquette Golden Eagles

    NBA Alumni: 31

    Interesting Fact: Never won a conference championship

No. 23 San Francisco

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    5 Dec 1995:  Forward John Duggan of the University of San Francisco Dons moves the ball against the California Bears during a game played at Memorial Gymnasium in San Francisco, California.  The Bears won the game, 83-70. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/All
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 16

    NCAA Tournaments: 15

    Sweet Sixteens: 11

    Elite Eights: 7

    Final Fours: 3

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 2

    NIT Titles: 1

    Best team in program history: 1955-1956 San Francisco Dons

    NBA Alumni: 33

    Interesting Fact: Won 55 games during a two championship run

No. 22 Houston

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    11 Nov 1997:  Guard Clyde Drexler and center Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets sit on the bench during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls won the game 110-86. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 7

    NCAA Tournaments: 21

    Sweet Sixteens: 11

    Elite Eights: 5

    Final Fours: 5

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 0

    Best team in program history: 1982-1983 Houston Cougars

    NBA Alumni: 29

    Interesting Fact: Had 27 consecutive winning seasons under Guy V. Lewis

No. 21 UNLV

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    17 Jan 1991: Forward Larry Johnson of the UNLV Rebels in action during a game against the University of California at Irvine Anteaters.
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    Conference Tournament Championships: 12

    NCAA Tournaments: 18

    Sweet Sixteens: 9

    Elite Eights: 5

    Final Fours: 4

    Title Game Appearances: 1

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1990-1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels

    NBA Alumni: 31

    Interesting Fact: Won less than 20 games only once during the 21 year reign of Jerry Tarkanian

No. 20 Florida

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    ATLANTA - APRIL 02:  Joakim Noah #13 of the Florida Gators fights for a rebound with Mike Conley Jr #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Georgia Dome on April 2, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Stree
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 5

    Conference Tournament Championships: 3

    NCAA Tournaments: 16

    Sweet Sixteens: 7

    Elite Eights: 5

    Final Fours: 4

    Title Game Appearances: 3

    NCAA Championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 2006-2007 Florida Gators

    NBA Alumni: 20

    Interesting Fact: No other team has made more than two title game appearances during the 2000's.

No. 19 Illinois

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    CHAMPAIGN, IL - FEBRUARY 12: Dee Brown #11 and Deron Williams #5 of the Illinois Fighting Illini wait for a member of the Wisconsin Badgers to shoot a free-throw on February 12, 2005 at the Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinoi
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 17

    Conference Tournament Championships: 2

    NCAA Tournaments: 31

    Sweet Sixteens: 10

    Elite Eights: 9

    Final Fours: 5

    Title Game Appearances: 1

    NCAA Championships: 0

    Pre-tournament era championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 2004-2005 Illinois Fighting Illini

    NBA Alumni: 39

    Interesting Fact: 2005 team tied record at the moment for most wins in a season at 37-2.

No. 18 Michigan

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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 12

    Conference Tournament Championships: 1

    NCAA Tournaments: 18

    Final Fours: 6

    Title Game Appearances: 5

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1988-1989 Michigan Wolverines

    NBA Alumni: 40

No. 17 Arkansas

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    3 APR 1995:   ARKANSAS COACH NOLAN RICHARDSON, RIGHT, HAS A WORD WITH FORWARD CORLISS WILLIAMSON ON THE BENCH DURING THE FINAL SECONDS OF THEIR 89-78 LOSS TO UCLA IN THE NCAA MEN''S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TONIGHT AT THE KINGDOME IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 24

    Conference Tournament Championships: 7

    NCAA Tournaments: 29

    Sweet Sixteens: 10

    Elite Eights: 10

    Final Fours: 6

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1993-1994 Arkansas Razorbacks

    NBA Alumni: 24

    Interesting Fact: Won NCAA Title, after losing four players to the NBA.

No. 16 Oklahoma State

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    CHICAGO - MARCH 24:  Head coach Eddie Sutton of the Oklahoma State Cowboys looks toward John Lucas #15 after Lucas just missed a game winning shot against the Arizona Wildcats in game two of the Chicago Regional in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Cha
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 4

    Conference Tournament Championships: 3

    NCAA Tournaments: 24

    Elite Eights: 11

    Final Fours: 6

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1945-1946 Oklahoma AnM Cowboys

    NBA Alumni: 24

    Interesting Fact: Won NCAA Title, after losing four players to the NBA.

No. 15 Arizona

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    2 Dec 1997:  Guard Mike Bibby of the Arizona Wildcats moves the ball during a game against the Kansas Jayhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Kansas won the game, 90-87. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 25

    Conference Tournament Championships: 4

    NCAA Tournaments: 28

    Sweet Sixteens: 14

    Elite Eights: 9

    Final Fours: 4

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1996-1997 Arizona Wildcats

    NBA Alumni: 40

    Interesting Fact: Made 25 consecutive NCAA tournaments form 1985-2009.

No. 14 Georgetown

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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 8

    Conference Tournament Championships: 10

    NCAA Tournaments: 27

    Final Fours: 5

    Title Game Appearances: 4

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1983-1984 Georgetown Hoyas

    NBA Alumni: 34

No. 13 NC State

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  A view of Jimmy Valvano on screen during the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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    Conference Tournament Championships: 17

    NCAA Tournaments: 20

    Sweet Sixteens: 9

    Elite Eights: 6

    Final Fours: 3

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 1973-1974 NC State Wolfpack

    NBA Alumni: 38

No. 12 Cincinnati

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    Conference Tournament Championships: 9

    NCAA Tournaments: 25

    Sweet Sixteens: 9

    Elite Eights: 7

    Final Fours: 6

    Title Game Appearances: 3

    NCAA Championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 1961-1962 Cincinnati Bearcats

    NBA Alumni:31

    Interesting fact: Made five consecutive years from 1959-1963.

No. 11 Syracuse

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    NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 7:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of Syracuse looks on against Kansas during the championship game of the NCAA Men's Final Four Tournament on April 7, 2003 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Syracuse defeated Kansas 81-78 win
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 8

    Conference Tournament Championships: 5

    NCAA Tournaments: 34

    Sweet Sixteens: 19

    Elite Eights: 7

    Final Fours: 4

    Title Game Appearances: 3

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Pre-tournament era championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 2002-2003 Syracuse Orange

    NBA Alumni: 36

    Interesting Fact: Won NCAA Title, after losing four players to the NBA.

No. 10 Michigan State

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans yells as he coaches against the UCLA Bruins during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 12

    Conference Tournament Championships: 2

    NCAA Tournaments: 25

    Sweet Sixteens: 15

    Elite Eights: 11

    Final Fours: 8

    Title Game Appearances: 3

    NCAA Championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 1999-2000 Michigan State Spartans

    NBA Alumni: 37

No. 9 Ohio State

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    ATLANTA - APRIL 02:  Greg Oden #20 of the Ohio State Buckeyes grabs a rebound against  Marreese Speights #34 of the Florida Gators in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game at the Georgia Dome on April 2, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Win McNa
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 21

    Conference Tournament Championships: 4

    NCAA Tournaments: 23

    Sweet Sixteens: 13

    Elite Eights: 12

    Final Fours: 8

    Title Game Appearances: 4

    NCAA Championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1959-1960 Ohio State Buckeyes

    NBA Alumni: 41

No. 8 Louisville

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    15 Mar 1996:  Head coach Denny Crum of the Louisville Cardinals looks on during a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Louisville won the game, 82-80. Mandatory Credit: Craig Jones  /Allsport
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    Conference Tournament Championships: 1

    NCAA Tournaments: 37

    Sweet Sixteens: 23

    Elite Eights: 11

    Final Fours: 8

    Title Game Appearances: 2

    NCAA Championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 1979-1980 Louisville Cardinals

    NBA Alumni: 45

No. 7 UConn

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    SAN ANTONIO - MARCH 28:  Jason Klotz #21 of the University of Texas Longhorns shoots over Emeka Okafor #50 of the University of Connecticut Huskies during the south regional semifinals of the NCAA Division I Men's Tournament at the Alamodome on March 28,
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 28

    Conference Tournament Championships: 7

    NCAA Tournaments: 29

    Sweet Sixteens: 16

    Elite Eights: 10

    Final Fours: 4

    Title Game Appearances: 3

    NCAA Championships: 3

    Best team in program history: 2003-2004 UConn Huskies

    NBA Alumni: 30

    Interesting Fact: Won 18 Yankee Conference Championships

No. 6 Indiana

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Bob Knight former head coach, looks on as an ESPN commentator during the CBE Classic games on November 24, 2008 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 19

    NCAA Tournaments: 35

    Sweet Sixteens: 19

    Elite Eights: 11

    Final Fours: 8

    Title Game Appearances: 6

    NCAA Championships: 5

    Best team in program history: 1975-1976 Indiana Hoosiers

    NBA Alumni: 53

No. 5 Duke

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24:  Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils comes out of the games towards the end as teammates Ryan Kelly #34, Seth Curry #30 and Miles Plumlee #21 look on against the Arizona Wildcats during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NC
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 22

    Conference Tournament Championships: 24

    NCAA Tournaments: 35

    Sweet Sixteens: 26

    Elite Eights: 18

    Final Fours: 15

    Title Game Appearances: 10

    NCAA Championships: 4

    Best team in program history: 1991-1992 Duke Blue Devils

    NBA Alumni: 51

No. 4 Kansas

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    LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 18:  Head Coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on from the bench area during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones on February 18, 2009 at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Kansas defeated Iowa State 72-55. (Pho
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 54

    Conference Tournament Championships: 25

    NCAA Tournaments: 40

    Final Fours: 13

    Title Game Appearances: 7

    NCAA Championships: 3

    Pre-tournament era championships: 2

    Best team in program history: 2007-2008 Kansas Jayhawks

    NBA Alumni: 55

No. 3 North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - MARCH 05:  The mascot of the North Carolina Tar Heels crowd surfs during their game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Dean E. Smith Center on March 5, 2011 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 35

    Conference Tournament Championships: 25

    NCAA Tournaments: 42

    Sweet Sixteens: 31

    Elite Eights: 25

    Final Fours: 18

    Title Game Appearances: 9

    NCAA Championships: 5

    Best team in program history: 1981-1982 North Carolina Tar Heels

    NBA Alumni: 76

No. 2 UCLA

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    ANAHEIM, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Former coach John Wooden poses together with the UCLA Bruins team, head coach Ben Howland and great grandson Tyler Trapani #4 after the John R. Wooden Classic game against the DePaul Blue Demons at Honda Center on December 13,
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 40

    Conference Tournament Championships: 3

    NCAA Tournaments: 42

    Final Fours: 18

    Title Game Appearances: 13 (a record)

    NCAA Championships: 11 (a record)

    Best team in program history: 1966-1967 or 1972-1973 UCLA Bruins

    NBA Alumni: 77

No. 1 Kentucky

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts from the sidelines against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2
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    Conference Regular Season Championships: 46

    Conference Tournament Championships: 28

    NCAA Tournaments: 51 (Nine more than any other school)

    Sweet Sixteens: 42 (a record)

    Elite Eights: 33 (a record)

    Final Fours: 14

    Title Game Appearances: 10

    NCAA Championships: 7

    Pre-tournament era championships: 1

    Best team in program history: 1995-1996 Kentucky Wildcats

    NBA Alumni: 71

    Most wins in college basketball history

    #1 recruiting class 3 years and counting with John Calipari as coach.

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