The Biggest Faculty Basketball Applications Ever: Rating the highest groups of all time, Nos. 68-51


In what has been the longest offseason within the historical past of recent faculty hoops, I made a decision to tackle bold private undertaking: searching for to objectively rank probably the most completed and profitable packages in males’s faculty basketball. 

And so I did, and so right here we’re. Over the following three days CBS Sports activities can be revealing the perfect packages within the sport’s historical past — or historical past as faculty basketball is destined to border itself. I didn’t return to the very starting (the late 1800s) when conferences, shot clocks, Adolph Rupp, the 3-point line, Bing Crosby, the NCAA Event, John Wood and dunks didn’t exist.

The NCAA Event is the gauge for greatness and relevancy. It has been that approach for many years and can stay that approach forevermore. So for our functions right here “faculty basketball historical past” begins with the daybreak of the NCAA Event, the 1938-39 season. That place to begin ensures each crew that existed way back to 1938 has a shot at inclusion — and you may study concerning the packages to reach afterward that also managed to win sufficient to make their approach into the rankings. We’re going with 68 as a result of NCAA Event themes and so forth., and so forth. 

The rankings have been compiled utilizing an goal statistical components primarily based on 13 classes: wins, losses, nationwide championships, Last 4 appearances, Elite Eight appearances, NCAA Event bids, regular-season championships, NIT championships (they held important worth way back), whole weeks ranked, wins over ranked opponents, top-10 NBA Draft picks, first-round/11-30 NBA draft picks and second spherical/31-60 NBA draft picks.

Every crew had their classes added up and that led to a degree whole. All appearances within the NCAA Event, Last 4, all vacated wins did rely on this state of affairs. The groups performed these video games, and received or misplaced them. They occurred, so that they rely. Greater than 100 colleges have been thought of for the checklist. Each crew that is made a nationwide championship sport, or reached at the least two Last Fours, or performed in at the least eight NCAA Tournaments and/or at present resides in considered one of faculty basketball’s seven main conferences (AAC, ACC, Massive East, Massive Ten, Massive 12, SEC, Pac-12) was tabulated. Groups didn’t get double credit score for NCAA Event success, that means if a crew made two Last Fours however considered one of them was a nationwide championship and the opposite was a loss within the nationwide semifinals, they have been credit score individually for the title, then individually credited for a Last 4. I’ll reveal the purpose values for every criterion after we publish the highest 25 on Thursday.

I relied on information from the NCAA document e book, Sports activities Reference, RealGM.com, CollegePollArchive.com, Stats Inc., college document books, KenPom.com and ESPN’s Faculty Basketball Encyclopedia. CBS Sports activities ace researcher Andy Tulin was completely important in researching every crew’s all time win whole vs. ranked opponents. Andy, thanks once more. 

Now let’s get to the last word checklist of the best males’s basketball packages within the NCAA Event period. 

68. Pitt

Document since 1938-39: 1,256-982  |  Common-season titles: 6 
NCAA Tournaments: 26  |  Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 258  |  High-60 NBA picks: 20
POINTS: 358.3

We kick issues off with the Panthers. Keep in mind, this rating’s standards begins with the primary season of the NCAA Event period (1938-39), so Pitt’s nationwide championships from 1928 and 1930 don’t apply.  Enjoyable reality: Pitt’s 57-37 win over Fordham in 1940 was the primary televised faculty basketball sport in historical past.  Pitt followers can thank Jamie Dixon for juuuust climbing onto this checklist. Dixon coached Pitt from 2003-16 and made the NCAAs all however two seasons, taking Pitt to the Elite Eight twice and profitable 73% of his video games (328-123). He altered the notion of this system, profitable large when the Massive East was a crowded, robust league all through the aughts. The Panthers have 111 wins over ranked groups of their historical past. Just one Last 4, again in 1941, and two extra Elite Eight showings in 1974 and 2009. If Dixon’s a very powerful coach in class historical past, Doc Carlson’s not far behind — he received extra video games than another (367) and coached Pitt from 1922-50. Greatest participant in class historical past? In all probability Charles Smith, who received Massive East Participant of the 12 months in 1988 — the identical yr probably the most well-known play in class historical past (“Ship it in, Jerome!”) occurred.

Document since 1938-39: 1,218-908  |  Common-season titles: 2 
NCAA Tournaments: 22  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 156  |  High-60 NBA picks: 31
POINTS: 362.6

I am going to admit to being fairly curious from the outset about whether or not DePaul was going to have sufficient to make it. Simply barely. Give it two extra years, and I am pondering the Blue Demons are someplace within the 70s. However 22 NCAA Tournaments and 31 draft picks (larger quantity than I spotted) will get it executed. Domination within the Forties and large play within the late ’70s/early ’80s assist DePaul’s case. The 1944-45 crew received an NIT title (again when an NIT title meant greater than an NCAA title) with George Mikan within the center. Mikan, Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings are the one consensus All-Individuals in program historical past — and so they have been all coached by the late, nice Ray Meyer, who was in control of this system from 1942-84. That looks as if a lifetime however is in truth just one yr longer than Mike Krzyzewski has been teaching Duke. The very fact DePaul can nonetheless make a listing like this regardless of having made one NCAA Event up to now 20 seasons (and none since 2004) speaks to the proud historical past there. So overdue for a resurgence.

Jason Kidd had a stellar two-season profession at Cal earlier than leaving for the NBA in 1994. 
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66. Cal

Document since 1938-39: 1,257-1,021  |  Common-season titles: 7
NCAA Tournaments: 19  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 97  |  High-60 NBA picks: 31
POINTS: 363.2

A bit bland as a basketball model, however understand that California has a nationwide title to it identify (1959) and has often popped right here and there. It received an NIT title in 1999 as properly. Alongside the way in which Cal’s had 31 NBA picks within the prime 60 for the reason that Forties. The Golden Bears have 5 Consensus All-Individuals of their historical past, the latest being Jason Kidd in 1994 (who was Freshman of the 12 months nationally a season prior). Three of the others got here earlier than 1939, whereas heart Darrall Imhoff was the important thing piece on the title-winning ’59 crew and the Last 4-bound 1960 squad. It was Imhoff’s put-back that received the 1959 championship within the closing seconds over Jerry West and West Virginia. These nice Cal golf equipment have been led by Corridor of Fame coach Pete Newell, who holds the excellence of being the perfect coach in program historical past with the shortest tenure: he was solely at Cal from 1954-60! Winningest coach in historical past is Ben Braun (219-154). As for Kidd, he offered a program peak in 1993 when he had 14 assists, and Lamond Murray had 28 factors, to elevate sixth-seeded Cal over No. 3 Duke, ending the Blue Devils’ reign after profitable the 2 earlier NCAA Tournaments. Unusual however true: Cal has nonetheless by no means received a convention event championship.

Document since 1938-39: 1,315-926  |  Common-season titles: 3
NCAA Tournaments: 15  |  Last Fours: 0
Weeks ranked: 204  |  High-60 NBA picks: 24
POINTS: 365.4

Vandy’s been simply ok simply usually sufficient to get previous safety right here. It additionally did not have a shedding season from 1948-49 till 1969-70. Just one Consensus All-American (Clyde Lee in 1966) in program historical past. Kevin Stallings’ 332 wins from 1999-2016 makes him probably the most profitable coach in class historical past, although issues ended with a thud there. However Stallings took Vandy to seven NCAA tourneys and made a pair of Candy 16s. The ‘Dores virtually made the 1965 Last 4, however that continues to be their solely Elite Eight displaying. Vanderbilt has 103 wins over ranked opponents up to now 60-plus years, which was essential to getting it onto the checklist. It is not an every-other-year factor for Vandy to have an ideal participant on a nationwide stage, however guys like Jeff Turner, Will Perdue, Shan Foster, John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor are program legends in their very own proper. And shouts to Festus Ezeli whereas we’re at it.

64. New Mexico State

Document since 1938-39: 1,251-869  |  Common-season titles: 17
NCAA Tournaments: 25  |  Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 64  |  High-60 NBA picks: 9
POINTS: 370.9

The Aggies have been working roughshod via the WAC for 13 years, that streak of domination (10 titles) simply flinging NMSU into these rankings. The coaches answerable for NCAA Event appearances in that span: Reggie Theus, Marvin Menzies, Paul Weir and, as of late, Chris Jans. Greatest coach in program historical past is the good Lou Henson, who additionally thrived at Illinois however completed with 307 wins after his ultimate season in teaching in 2004-05. Henson died on the age of 88 in July. It is a proud program tucked out in Las Cruces, New Mexico, its banner-defining season coming in 1970 when the Aggies made a run to the Last 4 earlier than being taken out by Sidney Wicks and UCLA. Greatest participant in program historical past is a person by the identify of Sam Lacey, a middle from 1967-70 and somebody who put up 17.7 factors and 15.9 boards in 1969-70 to make First Staff All-America. He went on to be the No. 5 decide within the NBA Draft. The very best NBA participant to come back out of NMSU is clear: Pascal Siakam, who quietly dominated (16.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.0 bpg from 2014-16) in two seasons (2015-16). Maybe the sweetest factor for Aggie followers: their crew made the checklist, however New Mexico (spoiler alert) didn’t.

Document since 1938-39: 1,372-912  |  Common-season titles: 12 
NCAA Tournaments: 21  |  Last Fours: 0
Weeks ranked: 48  |  High-60 NBA picks: 10
POINTS: 372.3

Again-to-back Aggie colleges. Sure, you are going to see a half-dozen-or-so packages make this checklist that can shock you. Maybe Utah State is a kind of packages. In any case: zero Last Fours, solely 48 weeks ranked, a mere 10 NBA picks and never one First Staff All-American. So what provides? Properly, 1,372 wins is what provides. That is the thirty fourth most in faculty basketball since 1938-39. That is the way you crack via. Take note this checklist is goal and statistical and can reward packages in smaller leagues who have been actually good for decades-long stretches. USU has been one of many ultimate eight groups remaining twice: 1939 and 1970. It additionally squeaked in a Candy 16 displaying in 1964. There’s one thing particular in Logan, and the I-believe-that-we-will-win ethos that is permeated for the reason that latter years of the Stew Morrill period have stored this crew extremely profitable for a lot of the previous twenty years. Utah State is 480-207 the previous 20 seasons, and through Morrill’s 17-year run with the Aggies, this system had the fourth-best profitable proportion in males’s D-I, trailing solely Gonzaga, Duke and Kansas. Within the right here and now, Utah State simply graduated considered one of its best gamers ever, Sam Merrill, and junior heart Neemias Queta might show to be much more useful by the point his time is up in Logan. Craig Smith has it rolling there.

Texas Western, coached by the legendary Don Haskins, made historical past by profitable the 1966 NCAA Event.
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Document since 1938-39: 1,333-915  |  Common-season titles: 11
NCAA Tournaments: 17 |  Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 60  |  High-60 NBA picks: 17
POINTS: 373

UTEP was referred to as Texas Western in 1966, when one of many best tales in faculty basketball historical past was written. The Miners beating Kentucky within the nationwide championship sport with a beginning 5 of all Black gamers was so necessary, it affected desegregation in faculty sports activities into the late Sixties and ultimately was made right into a film (2006’s “Glory Highway). I am going to reveal my factors system within the ultimate piece of this collection, however know this: profitable that title in ’66 vaulted UTEP into the rankings. It does not make it with out it. It deserves to be right here, although. Don Haskins guided UTEP from 1961 till 1999, profitable 719 video games (to simply 353 losses) and constructing a Corridor of Fame resume alongside the way in which. UTEP has bounced round leagues through the years, going from the Border Convention to the WAC to Convention USA in 2005. It is not the dependable 20-win machine it as soon as was (three NCAA Event bids since 1992). You won’t have realized: UTEP’s prime two alums in hoops are Tiny Archibald and Tim Hardaway. Kinda cool about how this checklist landed: UTEP and New Mexico State are fairly remoted on the D-I hoops map, however the colleges are 50 miles aside and they also all the time play a two-fer every year out of scheduling comfort. Virtually kismet how they wind up separate by simply two spots right here.

Document since 1938-39: 1,051-629  |  Common-season titles: 22
NCAA Tournaments: 16  |  Last Fours: 0
Weeks ranked: 7  |  High-60 NBA picks: 7
POINTS: 373.2

Fewest AP High 25 appearances of any college to make it, however the wins and excellent win proportion get the Wildcats onto the checklist. Possibly that is probably the most stunning inclusion of all. Damian Lillard’s alma mater can thank its runs via the Massive Sky. Weber State’s 22 league championships are the Twentieth-most in D-I relationship again to 1963-64, its first yr in a league. WSU, positioned in Ogden, Utah, did not actually have a program till 1962. That is actually spectacular and goes to indicate you that you may be prestigious and never must be in an influence convention. The Wildcats made the Candy 16 in 1969 and 1972. Lillard is after all the perfect participant in class historical past, however he by no means made the NCAA Event. Harold “the Present” Arceneaux did, although, and everybody over the age of 35 remembers what No. 14 Weber State did to mighty No. 3 North Carolina in 1999: 76-74 because of 36 from Arceneaux and a program-record 14 3-pointers. It stays the one time UNC has misplaced within the first spherical within the 64/68-team period.

Document since 1938-39: 1,330-977  |  Common-season titles: 11
NCAA Tournaments: 15  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 161  |  High-60 NBA picks: 15
POINTS: 374.6

Previously 10 years, Gregg Marshall elevated Wichita State to a top-40 program nationally. Coincidentally, this checklist publishes on the identical day Marshall has resigned from the college. Within the large image, Shockers followers can now boast about having one of many 60 finest packages, traditionally, within the sport. Marshall did not construct it alone; Wichita State was related in two durations earlier than. The 1963-64 crew, led by Dave Stallworth, was ranked top-five within the nation and made the Elite Eight after beating 9 ranked opponents that season. A yr later WSU was within the Last 4. Within the early Nineteen Eighties, Xavier McDaniel was a revelation for the Shockers on the time as a result of he was the primary participant in males’s D-I historical past to guide the nation in scoring and rebound common. McDaniel and Stallworth have been Consensus All-Individuals — a bar Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker, Cleanthony Early and Landry Shamet failed to satisfy. A pair of Last Fours, 4 Elite Eights, six Candy 16s. Ralph Miller, Gary Thompson, Gene Smithson and Mark Turgeon all laid the inspiration — then Marshall introduced this system to its most prominence and dominance ever. The 2013 Last 4 was an surprising run as a No. 9 seed, but it surely was the next yr’s undefeated common season run, punctuated by the No. 1 seed, that was the instance set that you possibly can be from a small league (bear in mind, the Shockers have been within the Missouri Valley then), beat good opponents and be rewarded with a prime seed. If not for one of many best video games in NCAA Event historical past — under-seeded Kentucky beating Wichita State within the second spherical — that Shockers crew’s legacy would shine even brighter.

Document since 1938-39: 1,131-890  |  Common-season titles: 3 
NCAA Tournaments: 14  |  Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 231  |  High-60 NBA picks: 32
POINTS: 380.1

The one Last 4 in class historical past is vacated. However I’m not eradicating the vacated wins. Minnesota’s educational fraud scandal ripped out each victory from 1993-94 via 1997-98 within the NCAA books. Not right here: Minnesota retains these 115 Ws. To hell with the Man, who’s with me! The Gophers have been the one Division I crew of their state ceaselessly (that modifications within the coming years with St. Thomas) however they’ve by no means been persistently related within the Massive Ten, which they have been a member of relationship again to 1905. Three NIT titles, although. And a few NBA legends as alumni: Kevin McHale and Mychal Thompson. Thompson was a Consensus All-American in 1978, whereas Dick Garmaker (1955) and Jim McIntyre (1948) additionally earned the dignity. The very best coach in class historical past is … Doc Cooke? He stopped teaching in 1924. Yeah: 1924. Fascinating program, this one. These 231 weeks ranked within the polls got here in helpful, I inform ya. This college additionally lands within the prime 5 of my gotta-go-there venues. By no means been to The Barn and would like to see a sport in these confines as soon as this entire pandemic factor passes us by.

Document since 1938-39: 1,247-947  |  Common-season titles: 4 
NCAA Tournaments: 18  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 179  |  High-60 NBA picks: 38
POINTS: 383.4

Undeniably eclipsed for many years by UCLA — and that is why USC has solely 4 regular-season titles — Southern Cal has nonetheless been ok and loaded with sufficient expertise to validate being a top-60 program. There was even a time, within the early Seventies, when USC was ranked No. 1 and UCLA No. 2. This program can declare three Consensus All-Individuals since 1939: Ralph Vaughn (1940), Invoice Sharman (1950) and Harold Miner (1992). The Last Fours got here in 1940 and 1954; the one different Elite Eight displaying was in 2001, when Henry Bibby was coach and Brian Scalabrine the star. USC’s 38 top-60 NBA picks ranks because the sixteenth most of any program in faculty basketball historical past — and a reminder of why I included producing NBA expertise as a criterion. It is not probably the most important, but when a trademark of your program is a capability to get gamers drafted, that’s important and displays your standing within the sport. Traditionally, USC has been a dependable place to advance your profession should you’re a high-end hoops expertise. That can bear out but once more this season, when Trojans freshman heart Evan Mobley inevitably goes on to be a top-five draft decide in 2021.

Document since 1938-39: 1,377-966  |  Common-season titles: 7 
NCAA Tournaments: 9  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 128  |  High-60 NBA picks: 25
POINTS: 384.8

Yeah, one other stunning small-conference crew, however take a look at the win whole, take a look at the weeks ranked and bear in mind two Last Fours. You do not routinely qualify for this checklist since you are in a significant convention. This is a program that’s completely ignored for its historical past. Bradley was considered one of 10-20 finest packages in faculty hoops for a whole decade — the Fifties — and as I am going to remind you a couple of instances on this collection, what a crew did in 1939 or 1954 means simply as a lot as what a crew did in 2006 or 2019. Bradley’s energy years are what will get it onto the checklist. This crew had a dude named “Squeaky” Melchiorre carry it to the Last 4 … however sadly Squeaky and a few of his teammates took bribes to shave factors throughout the 1951 NCAA Event. Not good! Chuck Orsborn’s .776 win proportion (194-56) included two NIT titles and 5 extra NIT showings within the Fifties and Sixties at a time when that event was thought of as reliable because the NCAA Event. We additionally should give a nod to Hersey Hawkins, probably the most thrilling participant in class historical past. Hawkins is considered one of fewer than 25 gamers in historical past to complete with greater than 3,000 factors (3,008).

Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan capped off his profession by profitable nationwide participant of the yr honors in 1997. 
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Document since 1938-39: 1,266-1,031  |  Common-season titles: 4
NCAA Tournaments: 23  |  Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 275  |  High-60 NBA picks: 25
POINTS: 386.5

Like many groups on this checklist, Wake Forest was hampered by one season; it did not play in 1943-44 due to World Struggle II. (That stated, Bradley did not play for 2 seasons due to WWII.) One thing that can make it easier to form perspective on this checklist and the standards taken into consideration: Wake Forest has been ranked for 275 weeks in class historical past. The 2020 preseason AP High 25 broke the tie with the Demon Deacons and … Gonzaga, which now sits at 276. Solely factor is, Wake Forest had a couple of five-decade begin on the Zags. When you take a look at the historical past of this system, it has been vulnerable to decades-long droughts and suffered from being the fourth-best North Carolina-based ACC college. Nonetheless, enjoying within the ACC has benefited Wake Forest to the tune of getting 25 gamers drafted and profitable 149 video games vs. ranked opponents, which averages out to roughly 2.5 wins per season over High 25 groups. Wake followers can thank Dave Odom and Tim Duncan, for it was the Odom period, with the height 1992-97, that vaulted the Deacs to top-20 standing within the sport for a lot of that span. Along with Duncan, Len Chappell (1962), Josh Howard (2003) and Chris Paul (2005) have been Consensus All-Individuals. And who is aware of what Wake would have turn into had Skip Prosser not died tragically and unexpectedly in 2007; Prosser was 126-68 in six seasons.

Document since 1938-39: 1,191-993 |  Common-season titles: 7 
NCAA Tournaments: 24  |  Last Fours: 4
Weeks ranked: 266  |  High-60 NBA picks: 17
POINTS: 391.6

There are a few colleges that have been damage by my resolution to not go all the way in which again to 1900 when taking into account the info for this checklist. Wisconsin is definitely considered one of them. Doc Meanwell and Harold Foster guided UW to what would appear to be top-10 standing within the sport pre- and publish World Struggle I. Foster was nonetheless round in 1941, when UW received the nationwide title, and he did not retire till 1959, so his success is mirrored on this checklist. However should you’re shocked to see Wisconsin at fifty fifth as a substitute of close to the highest 40 or inside the highest 30, you are seemingly beneath the age of 30. As a result of UW was downright dreadful for practically 50 years, from about 1950 up till the flip of the century. It went from no NCAA Event for four-plus a long time to being in it virtually yearly since 1997. Dick Bennett and Bo Ryan modified UW’s notion for good, a lot so {that a} hallmark of the Ryan period was some of the repeated info about his crew: it virtually all the time completed within the prime 4 of the Massive Ten standings, no matter preseason hype of (an absence of) four- and five-star expertise. The current peak was making back-to-back Last Fours in 2014 and ’15, the latter of which included Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and firm ending Kentucky’s bid for an undefeated season. Kaminsky joined Gene Euglund (1941), John Kotz (1942) and Alando Tucker (2007) as the one Consensus All-Individuals at Wisconsin since 1939. Amazingly, it had 14 gamers win the award between 1905-18.

Document since 1938-39: 1,147-768  |  Common-season titles: 0 
NCAA Tournaments: 20  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 143  |  High-60 NBA picks: 28
POINTS: 394.8

On the highest 5 checklist of most stunning issues I realized doing this checklist: Windfall hangs zero regular-season convention championship banners for males’s basketball. Nevertheless it makes the checklist regardless! Ed Cooley is answerable for 25% of PC’s NCAA Event showings — and he is coached on the college since 2011. PC’s been enjoying ball since 1917, do not you understand? The Friars have had large moments, for sure: Dave Gavitt teaching up Ernie DiGregorio and Marvin Barnes en path to the 1973 Last 4; Rick Pitino taking them again to the nationwide semis with Billy Donovan in 1987; Jim Calhoun virtually shedding his thoughts for not recruiting Ryan Gomes; Cooley utilizing a towel to cowl his rear after his pants ripped within the 2018 Massive East Event. 

Gomes, DiGregorio, Barnes and Jimmy Walker are the 4 Consensus A-As in class historical past, however I might be remiss to not point out Lenny Wilkens was the No. 6 general select of Windfall in 1960. You do not get the story of the Massive East with out Gavitt, so Windfall holds a particular place in faculty basketball lore, even when it is by no means persistently been a top-40 program within the sport. It is executed sufficient through the years to show it is borderline prime 50. The Friars maintain a fiery rivalry with URI, so PC followers, take into account this your trump card from right here on out.

Document since 1938-39: 1,254-964  |  Common-season titles: 7 
NCAA Tournaments: 17  |  Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 200  |  High-60 NBA picks: 31
POINTS: 397

Secure to say Mike Montgomery is sort of solely answerable for getting Stanford to this occasion. The Cardinal didn’t play in ONE NCAA Event between 1942 and 1989. Astounding — and but! And but, right here is Stanford. The 2 Last Fours got here in 1942 and 1998. Montgomery coached within the Cardinal from 1986-2004, profitable a school-record 393 video games and making the Massive Dance 12 instances. Montgomery has the next proportion of NCAA Event appearances for his college in its historical past than another coach for another college on this checklist with at the least 15 general NCAA Event appearances. That ’97-98 Cardinal crew is the height of this system, enjoying within the Last 4 in opposition to Kentucky however shedding 86-85 in extra time. Mark Madsen, Arthur Lee and Tim Younger proving that some of the prestigious educational establishments in America might compete on the prime of school basketball. Three years later, Casey Jacobsen would turn into the primary — and up to now solely — Consensus All-American to play at Stanford since 1938-39. For me, there’s one spotlight that lives ceaselessly in glory. It is 2003. Stanford is undefeated. Maples Pavilion has, over the course of practically a decade, turn into one of many 15-or-so most intimidating street environments within the nation. The Cardinal are enjoying in opposition to Arizona in probably the most anticipated matchup of the weekend — an early afternoon tip out West. The sport is headed to extra time, till Nick Robinson hits a working 35-footer to win it on the horn. “Sure! Sure! Sure! Sure!” Brent Musburger, you are superb. 

Document since 1938-39: 1,275-1,023 |  Common-season titles: 10
NCAA Tournaments: 22  |  Last Fours: 4
Weeks ranked: 215  |  High-60 NBA picks: 38
POINTS: 419

Bob Pettit, Pete Maravich, Chris Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Ben Simmons. All both received Freshman of the 12 months, Participant of the 12 months, was a Consensus First Staff All-American or made the Corridor of Fame. LSU has a proud hoops historical past, and it has been capable of construct that up regardless of all the time enjoying a distant second, third or fourth fiddle within the SEC. Maravich will most likely ceaselessly be the NCAA’s all-time scoring chief (3,667 factors), made all of the extra absurd by the actual fact he performed when there was no 3-point line. The person averaged 44.2 factors (!!), which isn’t getting damaged on the D-I stage. By no means. Dale Brown, who coached Jackson and O’Neal, is the second finest SEC basketball coach in historical past to Adolph Rupp. Present controversies with this system apart, LSU has lengthy been seen as a top-five SEC hoops job, although it exists beneath the humongous shadow of Tigers soccer. However on the courtroom, this has been a program with pop, making the Elite Eight six instances (1953, 1980, 1981, 1986, 1987, 2006) and cracking via to the nationwide semis 4 of these instances. LSU’s additionally had eight top-five picks, which ranks within the prime 10 within the sport. The ingredient that retains LSU exterior the highest 50 is that for the entire razzle-dazzle of evolutionary play Maravich dropped at basketball, he by no means made the NCAA Event.

Document since 1938-39: 1,327-1,003 |  Common-season titles: 11  
NCAA Tournaments: 17  |  Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 162  |  High-60 NBA picks: 36
POINTS: 421.7

That Last 4 look turned 67 this yr. Washington needs to be 10-15 spots larger, given how a lot expertise has come out of the better Seattle space up to now 25 years, however alas. The college has retired solely three numbers: Isaiah Thomas’ No. 2, Brandon Roy’s No. 3 and Bob Houbregs’ No. 25. Roy and Houbregs have been Consensus All-Individuals. Washington was rattling good within the early a part of the Twentieth century, however Hec Edmundson coached his ultimate sport in 1947. He completed with a 488-195 document and nonetheless stays, by far, the perfect coach in Huskies historical past. After that, this system largely was hit-or-miss. It did not make one NCAA Event from 1954-76. There was a climb again towards relevancy within the Nineteen Eighties, because of Chris Welp, who with 2,073 factors is the college’s all-time main scorer. Washington’s been ready to usher in draftable expertise extra commonly, but it surely hasn’t transformed to sustained success. In keeping with KenPom.com, which tracks information again to 1996-97, Washington rated as the perfect Pac-10/Pac-12 crew solely twice, in 2009 and 2011. UW did make the 2019s NCAAs, ending an eight-year drought. With Mike Hopkins in cost, the hope is Washington can push again to being a top-five crew within the convention on an annual foundation.

Coming Wednesday: groups Nos. 50-26.



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