College Basketball's 25 Most Prestigious Programs

Jim FolsomContributorApril 18, 2011

College Basketball's 25 Most Prestigious Programs

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    WESTWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29:  Former coach John Wooden of the UCLA Bruins watches as the Bruins take on the University of California Golden Bears at Pauley Pavilion January 29, 2009 in Westwood, California. UCLA won, 81-66.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Gett
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    Here's a good offseason top 25 for you. What are the top 25 most storied programs in the game?

    I'm sure many of you will disagree with my rankings, but that's OK because, really, the part that cannot be argued is the top seven. After that, the debate is clearly on.

    How do we rate the most prestigious programs? Is it championships won? Is it the players that have gone to the NBA and done well? Does it depend on the conference the school is in?

    All of these are factors in determining the most prestigious programs in the game's history. Also, the coaches that have walked that school's sidelines is a big factor.

    So here are my top 25.

No. 25 Arkansas Razorbacks

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    ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10:  Marcus Britt #12 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts to a call during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers in the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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    Checking in at No. 25 are the Arkansas Razorbacks. Their resume includes six Final Four trips, two national championship game appearances and winning the 1994 national championship. Twenty-four former Hogs have been or are currently in the NBA. Perhaps the greatest player among these is Sidney Moncrief, who was a star for the Milwaukee Bucks for many years in the 1980s.

No. 24 Houston Cougars

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    SPOKANE - MARCH 19:  Aubrey Coleman #12 of the Houston Cougars shoots against the Maryland Terrapins during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena on March 19, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule J
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    The Houston Cougars check in at No. 24 on the list. When you think Houston, you have to think of Phi Slamma Jamma. The Cougars are more than just that era, however.

    Houston also had Elvin Hayes and beat UCLA at the Astrodome. It was, at the time, the largest basketball crowd ever. And to beat UCLA back then was quite a feat.

    But the Phi Slamma Jamma days were the pinnacle of Houston Hoops. Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon were the stars of those teams.

    Hayes, Drexler and Olajuwon all went on to become huge NBA stars.

    Houston has made five Final Fours and two national championship games in its illustrious history.

No. 23 Illinois Illini

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Head coach Bruce Weber of the Illinois Fighting Illini speaks with Demetri McCamey #32 during the third round game against the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Ok
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    At No. 23, we have Illinois. Illinois has made five Final Four appearances. What is impressive about the Illini is that they have been able to spread them out. Their first one was in 1942. The most recent was 2005.

    Notable players include Bulls legend Johnny "Red" Kerr, Nick Anderson, See Brown and Kendall Gill.

    The Illini have been to the Sweet 16 10 times, advanced to the Elite Eight in nine of those and the Final Four in five.

No. 22 UNLV Runnin Rebels

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Oscar Bellfield #0 of the UNLV Rebels looks to move the ball as D.J. Richardson #1 of the Illinois Fighting Illini defends during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa
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    The Runnin' Rebs check in at No. 22 on the list. Under Jerry Tarkanian, they were a dominant force for many years. UNLV won the 1990 national championship with a 30-point blowout of a good Duke team. In fact, those Dukies went on to win the next two titles in 1991 and 1992 and made the national title game again in 1994.

    The Rebs have appeared in four Final Fours in their history.

    Notable players include:

    Reggie Theus

    Sidney Green

    Larry Johnson

    Armon Gilliam

    Stacey Augmon

    Greg Anthony

No. 21 Marquette Eagles

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Jae Crowder #32 of the Marquette Golden Eagles in action against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Newark, New
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    Marquette checks in at No. 21 on the list. The Warriors/Eagles have had a couple of great eras in their history. The Al Maguire Era and the 2000s were the heydays.

    The greatest was during the run of Al Maguire, who led them to the 1977 NCAA tournament title. Maguire coached them from 1964-1977. During that time, Marquette made the Sweet 16 eight times.

    Marquette has been to three Final Fours and six Elite Eights. The most recent Final Four was in 2003, when a guy named Dwyane Wade led them. The Eagles have been to the NCAA tournament every year since 2006.

No. 20 Villanova Wildcats

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    CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Corey Fisher #10 of the Villanova Wildcats handles the ball against the George Mason Patriots during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Pho
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    At No. 20, we have the first group of Wildcats—Villanova.

    Villanova is most famous for winning the 1985 national championship over a powerful Georgetown team. Rollie Massimino was a legendary coach at 'Nova who led the Cats to 11 NCAA tournaments. His greatest year, of course, was 1985, when he led the underdog eighth-seeded Cats to the title.

    Villanova has been to the Elite Eight 12 times and the Final Four four times (their 1971 trip has since been vacated). Their first trip the the Final Four was the very first one in 1939. The most recent trip was in 2009. That's longevity.

No. 19 Michigan Wolverines

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Stu Douglass #1 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass around Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlot
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    At No. 19, we have the Wolverines of Michigan. Most famous for the "Fab Five" era of Webber, Rose, King, Howard and Jackson, Michigan has a very storied history in basketball.

    People think of football when they think Michigan, but here are some of their great hoops accomplishments:

    1989 NCAA tournament champions

    Four trips to the championship game (although two have been vacated).

    Six Final Fours (two vacated)

    22 NCAA appearances

    21 Michigan players named All-Americans

    Some of these players include:

    Cazzie Russell

    Rudy Tomjanovich

    Chris Webber

    Glen Rice

    Juwan Howard

    Jalen Rose

No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes

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    NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 25:  Jon Diebler #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against Darius Miller #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the east regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Prudential Center on March 25, 2011 in Ne
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    At No.18, we have another school more known for football, Ohio State.

    Don't be fooled. The Buckeyes are a basketball powerhouse. They won the 1960 NCAA tournament and have been to the championship game four times.

    Ohio State also has been to the Final Four 10 times (one vacated). They were in the first NCAA championship game in 1939, and their most recent trip to the title game was in 2007. Thirteen times the Buckeyes have been to the Sweet 16, including the last two seasons.

    Notable players include:

    John Havlicek

    Jerry Lucas

    Jim Jackson

    Evan Turner

    Greg Oden

    Mike Conley

    Jared Sullinger

No. 17 Arizona Wildcats

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Kevin Parrom #3 and Kyryl Natyazhko #1 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts from the bench against the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011
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    At No. 17, we have our second group of Wildcats—Arizona.

    Arizona won the 1997 NCAA tournament and appeared in the championship game in 2001.

    The Cats have made 15 Sweet 16s and nine Elite Eights in their illustrious history.

    Lute Olson is a coaching legend. He coached from 1983 to 2007. In those years, the Cats went to four Final Fours, six Elite Eights and 11 Sweet 16s.

    Notable players include:

    Steve Kerr

    Sean Elliott

    Damon Stoudamire

    Mike Bibby

    Miles Simon

    Jason Terry

    Loren Woods

    Luke Walton

    Andre Iguodala

No. 16 Syracuse Orange

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    CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 20:  Dion Waiters #3 of the Syracuse Orange handles the ball against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gr
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    Syracuse makes the list at No. 16. The Orange have long been a Big East powerhouse and, of course, a national power.

    Led by legendary coach Jim Boeheim, the Orange are always a contender.

    The Orange have been to 19 Sweet 16s, seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours, three title games and the 2003 team won the NCAA tournament.

    A Keith Smart buzzer-beater kept the Orange from another national title in 1987. In 1996, they lost in the title game to a great Kentucky team that many Wildcats fans feel was their best team ever.

    The Orange have a slew of great players to boast of, including:

    Carmelo Anthony

    Dave Bing

    Derrick Coleman

    Sherman Douglas

    Rony Seikaly

    Gerry McNamara

    Leo Rautins

    Pearl Washington

    Danny Schayes

No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Austin Freeman #15 and Markel Starks #5 of the Georgetown Hoyas look on in the second half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18
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    At No. 15, we have Georgetown. The Hoyas have been a national power now for the last three decades. They have included some of the game's greatest teams and players.

    In the early 1980s, the Hoyas appeared in the national championship game three times between 1982 and 1985. They won it all in 1984.

    Georgetown has been to five Final Fours—the most recent one was 2007.

    The Hoyas have been a dominant program in the powerful Big East, winning seven Big East tournaments since 1980.

    Notable players include:

    Patrick Ewing

    Sleepy Floyd

    Dikembe Mutombo

    Alonzo Mourning

    Allen Iverson

    Jeff Green

    Roy Hibbert

No. 14 San Francisco Dons

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 06:  Perris Blackwell #22 of the San Francisco Dons grabs a rebound over Marquise Carter #2 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during a semifinal game of the West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena March 6, 2
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    At No. 14, we have the San Francisco Dons. Many of you are saying "who?" But the Dons were once a very powerful program.

    The Dons won back-to-back NCAA tournament titles in 1955 and 1956. They also went to the Final Four in 1957.

    San Fran has seven Elite Eights and 11 Sweet 16s in their history. Although they have only made one NCAA tournament since 1982, they were no joke before that.

    Notable players include:

    Bill Russell

    KC Jones

    Bill Cartwright

    Ollie Johnson

    Quinton Dailey

No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Marshall Moses #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys drives with the ball on Mario Little #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks during their quarterfinal game in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on Mar
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    Oklahoma State is at No. 13 on the list. Formerly known as Oklahoma A&M when they won back-to-back national titles in 1945 and 1946, the Cowboys have a long and illustrious basketball history.

    They have reached the Final Four six times and the Elite Eight 11 times. Two of the game's greatest coaches, Henry Iba and Eddie Sutton, have coached at OSU.

    The program has overcome tragedy. In 2001, a plane crash killed 10 members of the team. By 2004, the Cowboys had recovered and were in the Final Four.

    Notable players include:

    Doug Gottlieb

    Don Haskins

    Byron Houston

    Bryant Reeves

    Bill Self

    John Starks

No. 12 Cincinnati Bearcats

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    WASHINGTON - MARCH 19:  Ibrahima Thomas #32 of Cincinnati celebrates with teammate Yancy Gates #34 against Connecticut during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Ni
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    At No. 12, we have the Cincinnati Bearcats.

    Cincy won back-to-back national championships in 1961 and 1962. They were the runner up in 1963.

    The Bearcats were also in the Final Four in 1959 and 1960. That's a five-year run as good as just about anybody in the game's history not named UCLA.

    They have been to nine Sweet 16s in their history and seven Elite Eights. They were also in the 1992 Final Four to go along with the five straight from 1959-63.

    Notable players include:

    Oscar Robertson

    Kenyon Martin

    Jason Maxiell

    Lance Stephenson

No. 11 North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 10:  C.J. Leslie #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack shoots against the Maryland Terrapins during the second half of the game in the first round of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 10,
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    At No. 11, we have North Carolina State. Who can forget their incredible run through the NCAA tournamnet in 1983, when they upset the Houston Cougars?

    Who can forget Jim Valvano running around looking for someone to hug? Who can forget Jimmy V's courageous fight with cancer and his famous ESPY speech?

    And how about the early 70s Wolfpack teams that finally slayed the dragon known as UCLA?

    The Pack won the NCAA tournament in 1974 and 1983. They have been to three Final Fours. They have been to six Elite Eights and nine Sweet 16s.

    Notable players include:

    David Thompson

    Thurl Bailey

    Sidney Lowe

    Derek Whittenburg

    Vinny Del Negro

    Chris Corchiani

    Tom Burleson

    Monte Towe

    Tom Gugliotta

No. 10 Florida Gators

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators shoots over Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orlea
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    At No. 10, we have the Florida Gators. Wait? Florida? The football school? Yes, that's right. Florida is one of the top basketball schools in the nation.

    The Gators have won two NCAA tournaments (2006, 2007).

    Florida has been to three NCAA championship games, four Final Fours, five Elite Eights and seven Sweet 16s. All of this has been since 1987, when UF made its first NCAA tournament appearance. Florida has had 13 straight 20-win seasons under Billy Donovan, who is well on his way to legendary status.

    Notable players include:

    Neal Walk

    Udonis Haslem

    Matt Bonner

    Joakim Noah

    Al Horford

    Corey Brewer

    David Lee

    Taurean Green

    Lee Humphrey

    Marrese Speights

    Chandler Parsons

    Jason Williams

    Vernon Maxwell

No. 9 Louisville Cardinals

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 17:  Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals handles the ball against the Morehead State Eagles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Do
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    At No. 9, we have the Louisville Cardinals. The Cards have had an illustrious basketball tradition in one of the most basketball-mad states in the country. Although they are the "little brother" in their own state, the Cards are one of the premier programs in the nation.

    The Cards list of accomplishments includes the NCAA championship twice (1980, 1986).

    They have been to eight Final Fours and 23 Sweet 16s.

    Notable players include:

    Pervis Ellison

    Milt Wagner

    Wes Unseld

    Felton Spencer

    Earl Clark

    Derrick Carracter

    Lancaster Gordon

    LaBradford Smith

No. 8 Michigan State Spartans

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 17:  Brendan Lane #21 of the UCLA Bruins defends against Draymond Green #23 of the Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida.
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    Michigan State cracks the list at No. 8. The Spartans are a dominant force in the game today, and have been for the past 15 years.

    State has won two NCAA titles (1979, 2000).

    The Spartans were also the runners up in 2009. They have been to eight Final Fours (six since 1998).

    They have also been to 11 Elite Eights and 15 Sweet 16s.

    They are coached by Tom Izzo, who is a legend and has a lot of years left to go.

    Notable players include:

    Magic Johnson

    Greg Kelser

    Jay Vincent

    Scott Skiles

    Steve Smith

    Sam Vincent

    Kevin Willis

    Zach Randolph

    Morris Peterson

    Mateen Cleaves

No. 7 Connecticut Huskies

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  The Connecticut Huskies react 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 on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Te
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    At No. 7, we have this year's champs, the UConn Huskies. The Huskies have now won three NCAA Tournament titles—all since 1999 (1999, 2004, 1011).

    The Huskies have been to four Final Fours, 10 Elite Eights (nine since 1990) and 16 Sweet 16s.

    The past two decades have seen UConn become one of the greatest programs in the game's history. They are one of only seven schools with three NCAA tournament Titles. Jim Calhoun will go down as one of the coaching greats of all-time.

    Notable players include:

    Ray Allen

    Richard Hamilton

    Kemba Walker

    Emeka Okafor

    Cliff Robinson

    Donyell Marshall

No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks looks on during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texa
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    Kansas is at No. 6 on the list. The Jayhawks are truly one of the game's most storied programs. A three-time NCAA tournament winner (1952, 1988, 2008), the Jayhawks boast of one of college basketball's best records. They are 2038-799 all-time.

    Kansas has been to eight NCAA championship games, 13 Final Fours and 26 Sweet 16s.

    Every coach that has been at KU since the start of the NCAA tournament has taken them to the Final Four.

    Notable players include:

    Wilt Chamberlain

    Clyde Lovellette

    Nick Collison

    Drew Gooden

    Paul Pierce

    Danny Manning

    Brandon Rush

    Kirk Hinrich

    Jo Jo White

    Jaques Vaughn

No. 5 Duke Blue Devils

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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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    At the No. 5 spot, we have the Duke Blue Devils. Duke has been a national powerhouse since the 1980s. Their coach is one of the legends of the game in Mike Krzyzewski.

    Coach K has won four NCAA tournaments in his career at Duke. That is a truly remarkable feat considering that Duke is a small private school located eight miles away from one of the nation's true basketball juggernauts, the big state university in Chapel Hill.

    Together Duke and North Carolina have become one of sport's greatest rivalries.

    The Blue Devils' list of accomplishments includes NCAA titles in 1991, 1992, 2001 and 2010. They also appeared in the championship games in 1964, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1999.

    Duke has been to 18 Elite Eights, 26 Sweet 16s, and ESPN named them the No. 1 men's program of the modern era.

    Notable players include:

    Danny Ferry

    Christian Laettner

    Bobby Hurley

    Mike Gminski

    Jim Spanarkel

    Tommy Amaker

    Grant Hill

    Shane Battier

    Carlos Boozer

    Corey Maggette

    Elton Brand

    Cherokee Parks

    Chris Duhon

    Seth Curry

    Kyle Singler

    Nolan Smith

    J.J. Redick

No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10:  (L-R) Verdell Jones III #12, Christian Watford #2, Victor Oladipo #4, Jordan Hulls #1 and Jeremiah Rivers #5 of the Indiana Hoosiers run towards the bench for a timeout against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first ro
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    Indiana checks in at No. 4. It's easy to forget about them since we haven't heard much from them lately. But make no mistake, this is a sleeping giant that could awaken at any moment and wreak havoc.

    No place has a more rabid fanbase in a more basketball-crazed state than Indiana. Look what happens when the Hoosiers find themselves in a down period. A tiny school like Butler becomes the beneficiary and finds itself in two straight title games. Imagine what will happen when the big dog wakes up.

    Indiana boasts of one of the game's greatest accomplishments. They have won five NCAA tournaments (1940,1953,1976,1981,and 1987).

    The Hoosiers also have had a national runner up in 2002. They have been to the Final Four eight times, the Elite Eight 11 times and the Sweet 16 19 times. Unfortunately for Hoosier fans, none of this has been since 2002.

    The Hoosiers haven't been in the tournament since 2008. They also missed it in 2004 and 2005.

    Notable players include:

    Dick Van Arsdale

    Tom Van Arsdale

    Kent Benson

    Scott May

    Quinn Buckner

    Isiah Thomas

    Landon Turner

    Randy Wittman

    Steve Alford

    Calbert Cheaney

    Keith Smart

    Eric Gordon

No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats moves the ball while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in
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    The Kentucky Wildcats make three sets of Wildcats in our top 25. They are clearly the top cat.

    Over 2,000 wins in their storied history (the first to reach that mark) and seven NCAA tournament championships are among the school's proud achievements.

    UK is known for perhaps the most loyal and passionate fans in the game. Wherever the Cats play, there is a sea of blue in the stands. Whether it's Maui in November or Atlanta in March, the Big Blue Nation snatches up the tickets.

    Kentucky won the NCAA tournament in 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, and 1998. They were the runner-up in 1966, 1975, and 1997.

    UK has been to 14 Final Fours, an astonishing 33 Elite Eights and 42 Sweet 16s. Amazing.

    Notable players include:

    Louie Dampier

    Frank Ramsey

    Dan Issel

    Pat Riley

    Kyle Macy

    Rick Robey

    Jack Givens

    Kevin Grevey

    Sam Bowie

    Kenny Walker

    Jamal Mashburn

    Tayshaun Prince

    Rex Chapman

    Keith Bogans

    Chuck Hayes

    John Pelfrey

    Rajon Rondo

    John Wall

    Demarcus Cousins

    Patrick Patterson

No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels

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    North Carolina checks in at No. 2 on the list. Truly one of the game's greatest national powers, the Heels have won five NCAA tournaments and over 2,000 games.

    Their national championships include 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009. UNC has also been national runner-up four times (1946, 1968, 1977,1981).

    The Heels have been in the Final Four an amazing 18 times. They have 25 Elite Eights and 31 Sweet 16s.

    Some of the greatest players in the game have come from UNC, including the greatest player of all-time, Michael Jordan. The Heels have had no real down periods either. The1958-1966 stretch was the longest they've been without a Final Four appearance.

    Notable players include:

    Michael Jordan

    James Worthy

    Sam Perkins

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Antawn Jamison

    Vince Carter

    Tyler Hansbrough

    Mich Kupchak

    J. R. Reid

    Mike O'Koren

    Eric Montross

    Rick Fox

    Brad Daugherty

    Kenny Smith

    Bobby Jones

No. 1 UCLA Bruins

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    TAMPA, FL - MARCH 19:  Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators drives against Anthony Stover #0 of the UCLA Bruins during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 7
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    And the all-time greatest college basketball program is none other than UCLA.

    UCLA dominated the sport like few teams have dominated at any sport for over a decade. UCLA has won 11 NCAA tournaments. All of them came between 1964 and 1975, except for their last one in 1995.

    The Bruins won every NCAA tournament between 1964 and 1975 except for 1966 (Glory Road) and 1974.

    Their record in Final Four games is unparalleled. They have 18 Final Four appearances. Thirteen times, they have advanced to the championship game. Eleven times, they won it all.

    UCLA is currently on a three-game losing streak in Final Four games. The Bruins won 24 of 26 Final Four games at one point. In games that matter, they are 24-6 all-time in the Final Four.

    They were once in 10 consecutive Final Fours (1967-1976). They once won 88 consecutive games (a men's record). They have four perfect seasons. They've made a Final Four appearance in every decade since the 1960s.

    Notable players include:

    Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

    Bill Walton

    Sidney Wicks

    Henry Bibby

    Larry Farmer

    Marques Johnson

    Gail Goodrich

    Ed O'Bannon

    Tyus Edney

    Kiki Vandeweghe

    Reggie Miller

    Kevin Love

    Aaron Afflalo

    Jordan Farmar

    Jamal Wilkes