10 Best National Championship Teams of All Time In College Basketball
College Basketball's 10 Best National Championship Teams
Every year in college basketball, a new champion is cutting down the nets. Over the years there have been magical championship runs and there have also been teams that have just dominated every single team they were put up against on their road to a national championship. Great teams always make history and that is why we remember those great championship teams that have won the national title throughout the years.
Now, we don’t see as many teams that dominate the field because all of the talented players leave college after one year. Most of the great championship teams have come from past decades. In those decades, you have every single star player playing four years in college and when they become seniors, they make their team a very good one.
Great teams make for great champions and every year a new one is crowned. There is no such thing as a bad championship team, but there is great championship teams. There have been roughly 70 champions crowned in the history of college basketball and of those 70, Duke, North Carolina, Indiana, UCLA and Kentucky have won a combined 33.
That is a major reason why they make up a great deal of the top 10 national championship teams of all-time and without further delay, here is my list of the 10 best championship teams in college basketball history.
10:'08-'09 North Carolina Tar Heels
The 2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels were a truly sensational team. The Tar Heels were expecting big things that season and that is exactly what Roy Williams got from his team. Carolina went 34-4 overall that season, but most importantly they won all six of their games in the NCAA tournament. In fact, they won all six of their tournament games by at least 12 points. They absolutely dominated the field with Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson, Ed Davis and Danny Green.
9:'06-'07 Florida Gators
Billy Donovan led Florida to their second consecutive national championship becoming only the second team in history in the last 20 years to do so. They were the No. 1 overall seed that year and finished at 35-5. Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Lee Humphrey and Corey Brewer were amongst the stars cutting down the nets at the end of the season for Florida.
8:'83-'84 Georgetown Hoyas
The legendary John Thompson was the coach of this magical Georgetown team who won the 1984 national championship. With the national championship, Thompson became the first ever African-American coach to win one. His team was led by star center, Patrick Ewing.
7:'73-'74 North Carolina State Wolfpack
A 30-1 season by the North Carolina State Wolfpack was eventually ended when they cut down the nets at the end of the year. 7-foot-4 center, Tom Burleson was a huge part of that run, but the Wolfpack also had great players around him, like David Thompson, Monte Towe, and Phil Spence.
6:'91-'92 Duke Blue Devils
This Duke basketball team was one of their best in history and defended their national championship becoming the first team to do so since UCLA’s dynasty run. Mike Krzyzewski was in fact the coach that long ago and he was surrounded with great assistants like Mike Brey and Jay Bilas. All-American, Christian Laettner led the Blue Devils on the court with Grant Hill and Bobby Hurley as well.
5:'75-'76 Indiana Hoosiers
Bob Knight’s legendary Indiana Hoosiers team to this day still remains the last team to finish a season without a single loss. In 1976, the Hoosiers were led by three All-Americans as they went a perfect 32-0.
4:'81-'82 North Carolina Tar Heels
This National Championship North Carolina team was coached by the legendary Dean Smith. The Tar Heels went 32-2 with both losses coming in conference play. Carolina was led to a title by a very young Michael Jordan, talented Sam Perkins and also James Worthy.
3:'72-'73 UCLA Bruins
Another championship for UCLA and John Wooden, but this one finished off a perfect 30-0 season. Bill Walton led the Bruins to the title this year when he had one of the greatest national championship game performances ever.
2: '95-'96 Kentucky Wildcats
The great Rick Pitino was the coach of the second best national championship team ever. Yes, he did once coach at Kentucky even though he coaches at Louisville now. The Wildcats went 34-2 that season and were led by Antoine Walker, Tony Delk and Walter McCarty.
1:'67-'68 UCLA Bruins
John Wooden won his fourth national championship to cap off a 29-1 season for the Bruins. Their one loss, ended a 47-game winning streak, but the Bruins got their revenge on Houston when they destroyed them in the Final Four. Lew Alcindor was the key player on the greatest title winner in college basketball history.