The massive reveal is right here. Beneath are the 25 most profitable packages in males’s Division I school basketball for the reason that introduction of the NCAA Match in 1939. On this longest of offseasons, I used to be sparked to analysis the historical past of the game, and in doing so started to assemble a listing of the best faculties. From there, I wished to supply a rating constructed rather more on statistics and achievements than broad notion or subjective rankings.
CBS Sports activities’ meeting of the 68 finest packages in historical past (learn the rating of Nos. 68-51 and Nos. 50-26) was objectively pushed by the information. Nonetheless, I did have to provide you with classes and assign values to them. I relied upon wins and losses, NCAA Match success, convention dominance, NIT titles — as a result of it was a big match for many years, and even nonetheless is a marked achievement in at present’s age — and the cultivation of NBA expertise. These classes’ factors have been added up and the grasp order was decided.
- NCAA Match championships (20 factors)
- Last 4 appearances and not using a nationwide title (10 factors)
- Common-season titles (5 factors)
- Elite Eights with out making the Last 4 (3 factors)
- NIT titles (3 factors)
- NCAA Match bids (2 factors)
- Wins (0.5 factors)
- Losses (-0.5 factors)
- Wins over ranked opponents (0.5 factors)
- Weeks ranked (0.1 level)
- Prime-10 NBA picks (5 factors)
- 11-30 NBA picks (3 factors)
- 31-60 NBA picks (1 level)
I relied on information from the NCAA report e book, Sports activities Reference, RealGM.com, CollegePollArchive.com, Stats Inc., college report books, KenPom.com and ESPN’s School Basketball Encyclopedia. CBS Sports activities ace researcher Andy Tulin offered all information on groups’ wins over ranked opponents. The challenge was completed in early November, previous to the 2020 NBA Draft and the discharge of the preseason AP Prime 25 ballot. These information factors weren’t factored in. That is from 1938-39 by means of the 2019-20 season.
Drumroll, please. We proudly current the very best packages in school basketball.
File since 1938-39: 1,449-939 | Common-season titles: 14
NCAA Tournaments: 28 | Last Fours: 6
Weeks ranked: 269 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 23
Yeah, the listing feels proper beginning with the Pokes. Oklahoma State is behind within the all-time collection with Bedlam buddies Oklahoma, however the totality of the resume leaves little doubt that that is the higher program on the entire. The Cowboys additionally narrowly edged out Massive 12 brethren Texas to crack the highest tier, lifted partly due to two nationwide titles, 4 extra Last 4 appearances, then six extra Elite Eight showings that do not embody the earlier six Last 4 runs.
OSU was Oklahoma A&M (till 1957) when Hank Iba made historical past by turning into the primary coach, and thus A&M the primary crew, to win back-to-back nationwide titles in 1945 and ’46. Iba is a huge. He coached from 1934-70 (653-317), and he was so profitable that it is shocking to understand that the late, nice Eddie Sutton nonetheless trailed Iba by 285 wins when he left this system in 2008. Bob Kurland was the star of these early groups, a 7-footer at a time when school basketball had only a few folks 7-feet taking part in. Oklahoma State had studs like Byron Houston, Brooks Thompson, Bryant Reeves, Desmond Mason, Tony Allen, Marcus Good and James Anderson, however Kurland is the one consensus All-American in class historical past. Maybe Cade Cunningham modifications that in 2021. And in case you’ve ever puzzled who the “Gallagher” in Gallagher-Iba Enviornment is, Ed Gallagher was as huge a deal to Oklahoma State wrestling as Iba was to OSU hoops.
File since 1938-39: 1,491-862 | Common-season titles: 18
NCAA Tournaments: 33 | Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 157 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 25
The Owls comfortably sit sixth — sixth! — in all-time victories with 1,940, solely trailing Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse. This shouldn’t be a shock rating for the Temple followers who know their stuff. TU hoops is likely one of the oldest establishments in basketball, having performed its first sport in 1894. Harry Litwack received 373 video games (1952-1973), Don Casey added 151 extra (1973-1982) after which John Chaney seemed over this program and introduced it to a heightened stage of respect and consistency from 1982-2006, successful 516 video games and making the Elite Eight 5 instances, heartbreakingly by no means breaking by means of to the Last 4. He received to the NCAAs 17 instances and received eight A-10 titles.
After Chaney, Fran Dunphy serviceably saved Temple aggressive, however this system dipped a notch or two. The Owls’ journeys to the Last 4 got here way back underneath Litwack, in ’56 and ’58. Temple additionally simply missed the lower for receiving national-championship credit score; it received the Helms/NIT championship in 1938. Till earlier this decade, Temple received extra Massive 5 titles than any college, however Villanova has since surpassed it. The Owls depend Invoice Mlkvy (the Owl With out a Vowel) and Man Rodgers as their consensus All-People. Mlkvy was the No. 4 draft choose in 1952, performed one season, went into the Armed Forces and have become a dentist. However oh: he as soon as scored 54 straight factors in a sport, a report that may by no means, ever, ever, ever be damaged. Different basic Owls embody Mark Macon, Tim Perry, Eddie Jones, Aaron McKie (now the coach) and Pepe Sanchez.
File since 1938-39: 1,478-861 | Common-season titles: 1
NCAA Tournaments: 36 | Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 378 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 42
One more case of a faculty recognized overwhelmingly for its soccer however the truth is it is rattling good in basketball as effectively. Digger Phelps and Mike Brey can take the lion’s share of the credit score for that. Phelps bested Johnny Dee, who received 116 video games, taking on ND and going 393-197 earlier than exiting in 1991. Phelps coached program legends equivalent to John Shumate, Adrian Dantley, Orlando Woolridge, Kelly Tripucka, John Paxson and LaPhonso Ellis. The best participant of all, Austin Carr, performed from 1968-71 and is on the quick listing of finest school gamers in historical past. He averaged 34.6 factors in his profession.
The Preventing Irish have been completely placed on the school hoops map on Jan. 19, 1974, when UCLA’s 88-game successful streak was damaged by Phelps’ crew — a 71-70 Irish victory — dishing a younger Invoice Walton the primary lack of his school profession. Apparently, Notre Dame bookended defeats of UCLA, the Bruins’ most up-to-date loss to this one coming in January 1971. And it was throughout that season, lower than a month later, that Notre Dame was defeated by Fordham who, get this, was coached on the time by Phelps. This system has 15 wins over undefeated and/or No. 1-ranked groups. Here is an enormous ND stat: eight consensus All-People since 1939 (Leo Klier, Invoice Hassett, Kevin O’Shea, Carr, Shumate, Dantley, Troy Murphy and Jerian Grant). A word on Brey: he is the winningest coach in class historical past (437-233) and has taken the Irish to 12 NCAA tourneys with two Elite Eight runs and saved this system aggressive in a loaded, 15-team ACC.
File since 1938-39: 1,448-891 | Common-season titles: 16
NCAA Tournaments: 32 | Last Fours: 6
Weeks ranked: 266 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 23
This rating, this rating proper right here. That is what is going to revitalize however frustrate Razorback followers. As a result of the merciless fact is that Arkansas hasn’t been to the Candy 16 since 1996. Arkansas hasn’t been working like a top-25 program this century. Eddie Sutton or Nolan Richardson labored the sideline in Fayetteville from 1974-2002, and in that 28-year interval had the Hogs at a top-25 stage virtually yearly. Previous to that it was largely an up-and-down go of it, although Glen Rose did deliver Arkansas to a regional semifinal in 1958. In any other case, only one match look between 1950 and 1977.
Your Arkansas gamers to know: John Adams, Sidney Moncrief, Darrell Walker, Joe Kleine, Oliver Miller, Todd Day, Corliss Williamson, Scotty Thurman, Joe Johnson, Bobby Portis. The height got here in 1994, when Arkansas received the nationwide title and for the primary time in historical past a sitting United States president attended the Last 4. Richardson’s 40 Minutes of Hell tactic made Arkansas one of many 10 finest packages of the mid-Nineties, paced by Williamson and Thurman. The title was the apex, however Arkansas made two different Last Fours underneath Richardson and averaged practically 29 wins over a seven-year span from 1988-1995.
File since 1938-39: 1,541-834 | Common-season titles: 28
NCAA Tournaments: 23 | Last Fours: 1
Weeks ranked: 111 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 30
This lands because the final quasi-surprise on the listing. Kentuckians of a sure age will not be shocked to see WKU revered right here, however it is time to educate the remainder. Fewer weeks ranked than anybody within the prime 36, however the Hilltoppers are No. 16 on the all time wins within the sport and have received 28 league titles to go together with 30 NBA picks, which is a quantity that shocked even me. WKU has traversed the Ohio Valley to the Solar Belt to Convention USA, making the Elite Eight in 1940 (in an eight-team area) and the Last 4 in 1971, an look that was later vacated.
That 1970-71 unit had Jim McDaniels (29.3 ppg), whose settlement to signal a professional contract in the end had the Last 4 run taken off the books. McDaniels and Clem Haskins (1967) are WKU’s two consensus All-People, whereas Courtney Lee matched McDaniels’ mark for factors chief: every completed their profession with 2,238. In whole, 30 Western Kentucky gamers have earned first, second or third crew All-American standing. The fascinating side about WKU is, because of the reality it is by no means been in an enormous convention, it is had a lot extra teaching turnover than simply about any crew within the prime 50. E.A. Diddle is the exception: he coached from 1922-64, received 759 video games and is (simply perhaps?) the second best basketball coach within the historical past of Kentucky school hoops.
File since 1938-39: 1,420-868 | Common-season titles: 11
NCAA Tournaments: 30 | Last Fours: 5
Weeks ranked: 397 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 30
From right here on out, it is bona fide powerhouses. The Hoyas outlined the Nineteen Eighties greater than every other school program, the game’s prime crew in its prime decade. It was a nondescript program from 1906 till the early Seventies, making the NCAA Match solely as soon as, when it was runner-up in 1943. A ten-time winner of the Massive East common season championship, Georgetown stays a program with large nationwide enchantment because of what John Thompson Jr. constructed it as much as be, which was a extremely revered, extremely intimidating, irrepressibly proud type of basketball dubbed “Hoya Paranoia.” Georgetown received only one title, in 1984, however from 1982-1987 it was the most effective groups school basketball needed to provide.
Your consensus All-People to return out of Georgetown: Sleepy Floyd, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Williams, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Otto Porter Jr. Different greats embody Dikembe Mutombo, Mike Sweetney, Jeff Inexperienced and Roy Hibbert. Few faculties have had as many nice school huge males as Georgetown. Ewing, simply the very best participant in class historical past, is now the coach and stays as related to Georgetown as he’s with the New York Knicks. That is a rarity for somebody who turned a Corridor of Fame NBA participant. Like just a few different packages unfold all through this listing, Georgetown misplaced two full seasons attributable to World Conflict II (1942-44).
File since 1938-39: 1,456-874 | Common-season titles: 7
NCAA Tournaments: 27 | Last Fours: 3
Weeks ranked: 346 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 38
Two nationwide titles, 4 different Elite Eight pushes and 13 appearances in a Candy 16. You already know the 2 Analysis Triangle neighbors posted under, predictably ranked a lot increased than the Wolfpack, however NC State followers, I ask you bask on this. You could have the most effective packages in school basketball historical past and the numbers bear that out. Twenty-seven Massive Dance bids, and it could be extra if the match wasn’t auto-bid-only up till the mid-Seventies. NC State is concerned in probably the most well-known circumstances of tourney snubbing: the 1972-73 crew went 27-0 and didn’t play within the Dance as a result of the college was on probation. The next yr, NC State beat a four-loss Maryland crew for the second straight season within the ACC title sport. That wound up being the most recent and closing case of a extremely good crew being shut out of the NCAA tourney, opening up the at-large course of everyone knows at present.
The legendary 1973-74 crew bounced UCLA out of the Last 4, making ’74 the primary yr since ’66 that UCLA did not win all of it. David Thompson, one of many prime 10 school gamers ever, a three-time consensus All-American, performed for State and put this system on the nationwide map underneath Norm Sloan. (Sam Ranzino in 1951 and Ronnie Shavlik in 1956 are NCSU’s two different consensus A-As.) The most effective coach in class historical past? It is a shut three-horse race, actually. Jim Valvano main sixth-seeded NC State to the ’83 championship is the height Wolfpack second, however Valvano received 209 video games to Sloan’s 266 and Everett Case’s 377. The Case years (1946-64) are heralded partly as a result of NC State was a superior program to North Carolina and Duke for a lot of his tenure. This program has 188 wins over ranked opponents and has received 17 league tournaments. State followers are hoping Kevin Keatts can, in time, cement himself as the following nice State coach, the one who brings the Wolfpack again to the Last 4.
File since 1938-39: 1,252-847 | Common-season titles: 10
NCAA Tournaments: 29 | Last Fours: 8
Weeks ranked: 417 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 52
The swaggiest crew in school basketball historical past outlined an period, ushering in school basketball within the early Nineties and protecting it aggressive with the Jordan-bolstered NBA. Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson: the Fab 5. Freshmen who saved Michigan top-10 good just a few years after, oh hi there, this program received the nationwide championship in 1989. (Its solely NCAA title.) Michigan’s been taking part in school basketball since Jan. 9, 1908, and the outcomes are plain. But once more we have now a faculty a lot extra recognized for its soccer crew (soccer: sort of an enormous factor on this nation) nevertheless it’s practically pretty much as good in basketball. Michigan received 209 video games underneath Johnny Orr and made a number of deep match runs within the Sixties and ’70s. Invoice Frieder received 189 extra video games — earlier than Bo Schembechler canned him previous to the beginning of the 1989 NCAA Match, when it turned recognized Frieder had a handshake deal to take the Arizona State job after the season.
Steve Fisher took over, received all of it in ’89, however booster rulebreaking ultimately wound up costing Michigan a whole lot of wins within the report books. Then John Beilein introduced the Wolverines to 2 Last Fours and returned U-M to top-25 standing within the sport previously 10 years. It is not the very best program within the Massive Ten nevertheless it’s able to being the very best program as continuously as every other crew. Consensus All-People: Cazzie Russell, Rickey Inexperienced, Gary Grant, Chris Webber, Trey Burke. An onslaught of NBA picks past that, with Rudy Tomjanovich, Campy Russell, Roy Tarpley, Glen Rice, Rumeal Robinson, Robert Traylor, Jamal Crawford, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert lead that listing. Rice’s 184 factors within the ’89 NCAAs stays a match report. Russell is the very best participant in program historical past, the one two-time consensus All-American and somebody who completed his profession with 27.1 factors per sport.
17. St. John’s
File since 1938-39: 1,433-780 | Common-season titles: 14
NCAA Tournaments: 30 | Last Fours: 2
Weeks ranked: 291 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 42
The Johnnies rank seventh in all-time victories and seventeenth in win share — however have fallen from No. 10 to No. 17 in 11 years’ time. Lou Carnesecca turned a Queens-based basketball outfit right into a Massive East energy within the Nineteen Eighties, and we’ll get to that in a minute, however St. John’s was persistently good within the Nineteen Fifties, ’60s and ’70s, recruiting in native expertise on the common to maintain the college aggressive within the Metro New York convention and as an unbiased from 1963-76. Within the Nineteen Thirties and Nineteen Fifties, Joe Lapchick set the usual (334-130). Carnesecca’s first tenure ran from 1965-70 and ended with an NIT or NCAA run every season; the late Sixties was when the NCAA Match actually overtook the NIT in status, so this was nonetheless a legit run.
Carnesecca returned in 1973 and for the following 19 years had New York Metropolis caring about school basketball practically as a lot because it did in regards to the Knicks. St. John’s performed within the postseason yearly underneath Carnesecca and received at the least 20 video games in 18 of his seasons. The 1984-85 crew made the Last 4 with Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Invoice Wennington and Walter Berry. Mullin and Berry have been consensus All-People, becoming a member of Harry Boykoff in 1943 in incomes that honor. Different basic Johnnies: Tony Jackson, Dick McGuire, Malik Sealy and Ron Artest. Because it ought to, St. John’s holds a successful report in opposition to each New York-based crew it is performed at the least 10 video games in opposition to — besides Syracuse, which is arising quickly.
File since 1938-39: 1,551-843 | Common-season titles: 24
NCAA Tournaments: 29 | Last Fours: 4
Weeks ranked: 239 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 29
Hopefully Utah at No. 16 is educating you one thing you may not have recognized. Out in Salt Lake Metropolis they’ve had a superb basketball program for many years. If something, Utah becoming a member of the Pac-12 has oddly obscured that reality. The Utes rank 14th in all-time victories and have as many NCAA Match bids as top-60 draft picks: 29. In 1944 the Utes received the nationwide championship with a 22-4 report underneath coach Vadal Peterson, who went 385-230 in 32 seasons. Jack Gardner took over for Peterson in 1953 and coached till 1971 (339-154). The Utes have been hiding in plain sight out West, persistently successful 23, 19, 24, 22, 23, 23, 26 video games in a season.
When Rick Majerus took the job in 1989, this system was able to ascend to a brand new airplane. Majerus had 323 victories to his identify by the point he left in 2004, the excessive level coming with a visit to the nationwide championship sport in 1998. He was an X-and-O wizard; the concept of Majerus taking Utah to the title sport in a 64-team match in that period was kind of mind-blowing. That 1998 crew had no consensus All-People that season, however Keith Van Horn received it a yr earlier than and Andre Miller received one a yr after. Arnie Ferrin (1944, 1945), Billy McGill (1962) and Andrew Bogut (2005) are the others. Former Ute standouts past that: Tom Chambers, Danny Vranes, Delon Wright, Michael Doleac and Kyle Kuzma. I will all the time have a tender spot for Utah partly due to its dwelling area: the Huntsman Middle has been host to a handful of large NCAA Match video games over time.
File since 1938-39: 1,461-806 | Common-season titles: 12
NCAA Tournaments: 30 | Last Fours: 4
Weeks ranked: 453 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 44
That is the highest-ranked crew and not using a nationwide title. With 5 Last 4 appearances however no ring to indicate, Illinois sidles alongside Houston and Oklahoma for many Last Fours with out successful all of it. Let this rating be a reminder that Illinois ought to by no means fall removed from the highest 25 dialog. Because it occurs, this listing goes reside in the identical yr, and inside lower than two weeks time, of Illinois being a projected prime 10 crew in school hoops for the primary time in 15 seasons. However allow us to go method again first, as Illinois was a dependable Massive Ten bully lengthy earlier than the NCAA Match got here alongside, then made the Massive Dance (earlier than it was huge and earlier than anybody referred to as it a dance) in 1942, 1949, 1951 and 1952. Between 1952 and 1981, Illinois made the NCAAs as soon as.
Since then, it has been a unique story. Thirty tourney appearances in all, usually pulling in NBA expertise, 177 wins over ranked opponents and training greats Like Lou Henson, Lon Kruger, Invoice Self and Bruce Weber. The 2004-05 crew that misplaced within the title sport to North Carolina is likely one of the finest groups to not win all of it previously 40 years. Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther Head, Roger Powell and James Augustine set a program report with a 37-2 report, together with that unforgettable come-from-behind win within the Elite Eight in opposition to Arizona. Illinois’ different flirtation with immortality was in 1989, when it misplaced to Michigan (which it beat twice within the common season). Consensus All-People who have been Illini: Invoice Hapac, Andy Philip, Walton Kirk, Rod Fletcher, Dee Brown. School basketball is healthier when Illinois is related. We’ll see it as a fact this season.
File since 1938-39: 1,375-842 | Common-season titles: 16
NCAA Tournaments: 33 | Last Fours: 10
Weeks ranked: 469 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 44
Sparty. The uncommon program to get pleasure from solely using two coaches previously 45 years. Jud Heathcote begat Tom Izzo. Michigan State followers have it good, and certain will as long as Izzo is operating the present. Michigan State has made the NCAA Match 22 consecutive instances, which trails Duke and Kansas amongst lively streaks and is fourth longest in school basketball historical past. The Spartans rank sixth in all-time NCAA Match victories (69; good) and have grow to be synonymous with March success because of Izzo’s 52-21 NCAA Match report. Within the earlier than instances, when Benjamin F. Van Alstyne (appears like a pretend particular person Kramer made up on “Seinfeld”) coached this crew from 1926-1949, Michigan State received 231 video games and was within the throng of Massive Ten powers.
Forddy Anderson received the Spartans into the NCAAs in 1957 and ’59, nevertheless it wasn’t till Heathcote confirmed up in ’76 that issues modified for the higher. Michigan State has not gone greater than three seasons with out showing within the Massive Dance since 1988. It received the title with Magic Johnson and Greg Kesler in ’79 in what’s arguably a very powerful sport in school basketball historical past — and likewise the most-watched sport ever within the sport (35.1 million viewers). The Spartans have 214 wins over ranked opponents, the seventh-most ever. . MSU can maintain up its greats alongside nearly every other program: Johnson, Kesler, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith, Shawn Respert, Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterosn, Jason Richardson, Kalin Lucas, Draymond Inexperienced, Denzel Valentine, Cassius Winston and a dozen extra.
File since 1938-39: 1,457-808 | Common-season titles: 24
NCAA Tournaments: 35 | Last Fours: 4
Weeks ranked: 550 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 53
If Lute Olson by no means leaves Iowa to teach Arizona, it is doable to suppose U of A would not crack the highest 30 on this listing. However Olson modified the trajectory of a program. He was one in every of many Corridor of Fame coaches we misplaced this yr, and his affect was plain within the desert. The Wildcats personal 10 wins over No. 1-ranked groups and have become Level Guard U attributable to recruiting guys like Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Gilbert Arenas, Jason Gardner, Salim Stoudamire and Jerryd Bayless. Olson had Arizona within the NCAAs each season from 1985-2009. Arizona is thirteenth on this listing and it is thirteenth in most victories ever (1,834). Clearly UCLA is the very best crew within the historical past of the Pac-12/10/8, however Arizona is a really shut No. 2. Fred Enke received 509 video games (1925-1961), although Arizona solely made the NCAA Match as soon as and the NIT twice in his tenure.
Like I mentioned above, Olson modified all of it. He is the very best coach within the historical past of the Pac-10 and received 589 video games for Arizona, even holding a 71-game dwelling successful streak at one level. The ’97 title-winning crew continues to be the one one to beat three No. 1 seeds in the identical match, although you possibly can simply make the case that the ’87-88 crew with Kerr, Sean Elliott, Jud Buechler, Kenny Lofton (sure, the baseball participant) and Tom Tolbert is the very best crew in class historical past. That group completed 35-3. Elliott was a two-time consensus All-American, and Stoudamire, Bibby, Miles Simon, Jason Terry, Nick Johnson and Deandre Ayton take part him in that firm. Sean Miller has run the present in Tucson since 2009, and there is been off-the-court drama, however Arizona saved its relevancy for a lot of Miller’s tenure by making three Elite Eights, two different Candy 16s and having just a few recruiting courses land within the prime 5. Miller continued what Olson constructed, and it is a testomony to this program’s longevity on condition that its status previous to successful all of it in 1997 was that of a March paper tiger, attributable to what number of instances the extremely seeded Wildcats did not make the second weekend.
File since 1938-39: 1,312-792 | Common-season titles: 20
NCAA Tournaments: 33 | Last Fours: 11
Weeks ranked: 412 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 44
It is superb to contemplate how good Ohio State’s basketball program has been for the higher a part of seven a long time, and but it should endlessly pale within the shadows in opposition to Buckeye soccer. OSU hoops is not thought of a top-10 job within the sport, however all issues thought of, perhaps it needs to be? The entire assets with a fraction of the strain. An excellent metropolis that is not too small, not too huge, and positioned inside driving distance of a lot expertise. OSU has probably the most Last 4 appearances of any Massive Ten program. It received the title in 1960 with Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek in going-away vogue, with every win by a margin of at the least 17 factors. Lucas is, in full, the very best participant in class historical past, a three-time consensus All-America. Others who earned the distinction from Ohio State: Gary Bradds (1964), Jim Jackson (1991, ’92), Evan Turner (2010), Jared Sullinger (2011, ’12) and D’Angelo Russell (2015).
Harold Olsen (255 wins) and Fred Taylor (297) fall in line behind Thad Matta, who’s the undisputed GOAT of Ohio State basketball coaches. Matta made Ohio State a top-10 program throughout his 2004-2017 tenure, 337-128 and getting the Buckeyes to the 2007 title sport and 2012 Last 4. He recruited studs Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., Daequon Prepare dinner, Mark Titus and Turner into the fold and put Ohio State into the dialog as a top-10 program. Taylor had the longest tenure of any Ohio State coach, and the 1960 title nonetheless looms massive there, however Matta simply exceeded expectations. OSU has 20 regular-season titles and owns 173 wins over ranked opponents previously 70 years. The 2000 Last 4 run (underneath Jim O’Brien) as a No. 8 seed was later vacated, nevertheless it counts within the tally for us.
File since 1938-39: 1,467-704 | Common-season titles: 10
NCAA Tournaments: 40 | Last Fours: 6
Weeks ranked: 550 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 52
Jim Boeheim would by no means take sole credit score for this, however let’s come right: He is extra liable for his crew’s placement on this listing than any coach at any college. That is as a result of Boeheim has set a males’s Division I report for longest affiliation with any college in historical past. He performed at Syracuse, and if you embody his taking part in days and time as an SU assistant, Boeheim has spent all however practically three years of his grownup life at SU. Fifty-four of his 76 years on this soil contain him with this system. He’s Orange by means of thick and skinny — and sure there have been controversies, highs and lows and chapters upon chapters of SU hoops historical past. He’s that program, by means of thick and skinny — and sure there have been controversies, highs and lows and chapters upon chapters of Orange hoops historical past. He is received 1,069 video games in 44 seasons (although greater than 100 have been taken off the books).
Syracuse’s dwelling venue, the Service Dome, can be a part of the viewing tapestry of school hoops, because the stadium has been the rationale the college has led in attendance in most years over the previous three a long time and is exclusive to the game. The basketball crew performs there, versus a standard facility, partly as a result of the soccer crew for many years wasn’t in style sufficient to maintain it being a football-only venue. Your SU consensus All-People since 1939: Dave Bing (1966), Derrick Coleman (1990), Billy Owens (1991), Hakim Warrick (2005), Wes Johnson (2010). No, Carmelo Anthony was not a consensus choose in 2002-03, when he, Gerry McNamara, Warrick and Kueth Duany paced Cuse to its first and solely nationwide championship. Pearl Washington additionally didn’t crack the listing, however he, Anthony, Leo Rautins, Danny Schayes, John Wallace, Etan Thomas, Jonny Flynn, Dion Waiters and Tyler Ennis all have been top-20 picks popping out of school. Cuse has a detailed race for finest participant in class historical past: Bing, Anthony, Washington and Coleman are all proper there.
File since 1938-39: 1,542-765 | Common-season titles: 25
NCAA Tournaments: 33 | Last Fours: 6
Weeks ranked: 434 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 39
A light stunner within the prime 10. Cincinnati is probably not a prime 25 crew heading into this season, however for the reason that Forties Cincy has routinely offered Last 4-worthy groups, produced execs, been a staple within the AP Prime 25 and as a rule labored its solution to the highest of its convention. The Bearcats have been in 23 of the previous 28 Massive Dances and managed to maintain up with the joneses regardless of taking part in convention hopscotch, going from the Missouri Valley to independence to the Metro to the Nice Midwest to Convention USA to the Massive East and now previously eight seasons, the American.
No crew on this rating’s prime 25 has moved round greater than Cincinnati, however the college wasn’t pinned down by it. That is spectacular. UC received the 1961 and ’62 nationwide championships — nevertheless it additionally made the Last 4 in ’59, ’60 and ’63. Via the primary 15 years of the NCAA Match this was one of many 5 or 6 finest packages in school hoops. Fact is, Cincinnati hasn’t fallen off a lot since then. Oscar Robertson, who was NPOY in 1959 and 1960, is the GOAT of Bearcats. Different legends embody Ron Bonham, Tom Thacker, Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin and Steve Logan — all consensus All-People. Gary Clark and Jarron Cumberland have been big-time guys in latest seasons, however I am unable to shut out this capsule with out citing Nick Van Exel and Yancy Gates, a few guys who outline Bearcat basketball in addition to anybody.
File since 1938-39: 1,589-810 | Common-season titles: 13
NCAA Tournaments: 39 | Last Fours: 6
Weeks ranked: 403 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 37
No crew did extra for its standings on this listing previously half-decade than good ol’ Nova. A contemporary blue blood? Maybe greater than that. The Wildcats have three nationwide championships (1985, 2016, 2018) and have grow to be an annual preseason prime 10 crew. Jay Wright has constructed a Massive East dynasty and there’s no slowing on the horizon. Villanova’s prideful previous begins with the 1939 match (it was within the Last 4), and it has been tremendous regular since. Coached by Alexander Severance, Nova went 413-201 from 1936-60 underneath, then had much more success underneath Jack Kraft from ’60-73 and made the NCAAs or NIT yearly besides his closing one, together with the NCAA title sport in ’71.
Rollie Massimino had some robust seasons within the early ’70s however by 1980 Villanova was a ranked common, capping its existence with the unforgettable win within the’ 85 championship sport over mighty Georgetown. Massimino would win 355 video games with Nova, was changed by Steve Lappas, who went 174-110 and was considered as a setback. That is actually the bar, right here. Now Wright is 20 seasons into his Nova profession and has a 471-182 report with two nationwide titles, three Last Fours and is in charge of the Massive East. Consensus All-People to put on navy blue and white: Paul Arizin, Kerry Kittles, Randy Foye, Scottie Reynolds, Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson. Different all-time Villanova greats embody Kerry Kittles, Ed Pinckney, Tim Thomas, Allan Ray and Kyle Lowry.
File since 1938-39: 1488-784 | Common-season titles: 31
NCAA Tournaments: 33 | Last Fours: 5
Weeks ranked: 344 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 37
Storrs, Connecticut, can now declare to be dwelling to one of many 10 finest packages in school basketball historical past on the lads’s aspect — and definitely the very best in girls’s hoops. This implies UConn is the very best basketball college in America from a historic perspective. The Huskies have received 31 league titles, a hefty portion of these coming again throughout the Yankee Convention days. Once you suppose again to the Nineties, just a few packages stand out for a way they broke by means of to a brand new standing within the sport. UConn is on the prime of the listing. Jim Calhoun redefined what was doable at this northeast outpost when he arrived from Northeastern in 1986 and flipped the Huskies right into a nationwide energy in slightly greater than a decade’s time.
However UConn wasn’t solely good with Calhoun. It made the NCAAs in ’51, ’54, ’56-60, ’63-65, ’67, ’76 and ’79. So there was one thing there. Calhoun simply cracked open a behemoth and had among the prime expertise from across the nation opting into taking part in in a farm city tucked deep within the coronary heart of Connecticut. UConn’s win over Duke within the 1999 championship sport is the pivot second the place issues modified endlessly, guided by Richard Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, Kevin Freeman and Ricky Moore, Duke was the presumptive choose to win with one in every of its best rosters ever — however no. Since then, the professionals have poured by means of this system and UConn’s received three extra championships (2004, 2011, 2014). The Huskies declare six consensus All-People: Donyell Marshall, Ray Allen, Hamilton, Emeka Okafor, Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier. All however just a few of their NBA picks have come previously 30 years. The Huskies linking again up with the Massive East was a significant optimistic for this system, that league and school basketball. Calhoun most likely will not ever be usurped as the college’s finest males’s coach in historical past, and Kevin Ollie deserves a nod for successful that surprising title in ’14, however Dan Hurley is in a spot now to maintain UConn going as a top-25 program. As you may see, the bar is even increased than that.
File since 1938-39: 1,476-773 | Common-season titles: 19
NCAA Tournaments: 39 | Last Fours: 8
Weeks ranked: 560 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 61
And now’s about that point the place the listing hits the predictable faculties — and but Indiana falling outdoors the highest six of the “conventional” blue bloods means a redefining needs to be so as. Indiana has lengthy liked its basketball, as a state, as a lot as any on this nation. The Hoosiers are a very powerful sport on the town. Bob Knight created an establishment in Bloomington, Indiana, successful 659 video games vs. 242 losses, and at this level his tallest achievement is that he is the final coach to information an undefeated crew. The 1975-76 Hoosiers went 32-0 one season after the 31-1 squad that misplaced within the Elite Eight. Knight and IU additionally received the entire thing in ’81 and ’87. Indiana was as distinguished a program as any in school basketball from 1973 by means of the mid Nineties. The Corridor of Famer had a vicious mood, and dogged stubbornness price him his job ultimately, however he is nonetheless beloved by a lot within the Hoosier State. His affect on basketball is endlessly there with the progressive movement offense. He has a quote that ought to stand taller than all of his others on the subject of basketball: “Basketball could have been invented in Massachusetts, nevertheless it was made for Indiana.”
The Hoosiers have been good earlier than Knight arrived, naturally, successful 399 video games from 1938-65 underneath Department McCracken and Harry Good, the crew’s first nationwide title taking place in 1940 and its second in 1953. The listing of Hoosiers greats is mighty lengthy, however the consensus All-People are a lower above: Ernie Andres, Ralph Hamilton, Don Schlundt, Scott Might, Kent Benson, Isiah Thomas, Steve Alford, Calbert Cheaney, A.J. Guyton, Victor Oladipo. The Hoosiers have taken a step again previously twenty years, although Mike Davis received the crew to the title sport in ’02 and Tom Crean helped this system discover its footing after NCAA sanctions underneath Kelvin Sampson slowed momentum. Archie Miller was a broadly praised rent in 2017 and his groups have been higher yearly since.
File since 1938-39: 1,578-724 | Common-season titles: 23
NCAA Tournaments: 43 | Last Fours: 10
Weeks ranked: 652 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 55
Louisville forward of Indiana — and the race wasn’t too, too shut. Whereas the Hoosiers have bobbed and weaved within the near-20 years since Knight left IU, Louisville has made a number of Last Fours, received the 2013 nationwide championship (which was vacated, however once more: we’re counting all these wins right here) and managed to maneuver from the Massive East into the ACC and never lose its footing nationally. Rick Pitino’s exit was extraordinarily messy and crammed with controversy. However this can be a program that is but to have a foul coach courting again to the early Forties. Peck Hickman went 443-183 from 1944-67, then John Dromo was there and out in 4 seasons however nonetheless received 75% of his video games (68-23).
Denny Crum left his job as an assistant coach UCLA in 1971 to information the Cardinals and pushed U of L into the highest tier of school basketball. Crum coached for 3 a long time (675-295), received two nationwide titles and had Louisville as aggressive as nearly any program within the Nineteen Eighties. He was succeeded by Pitino, who flamed out with the Celtics solely to return to school basketball and show he had not misplaced a step. Charlie Tyra, Wes Unseld, Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison, Clifford Rozier and Russ Smith have been consensus All-People. The most effective crew in class historical past figures to be that ’80 title-winning squad with the Medical doctors of Dunk, led by Griffith. Do you know: native legend has it that the “excessive 5” was popularized first by Cardinal hoops, someday across the late Seventies. From the Missouri Valley to the Metro to Convention USA to the Massive East, a pit cease within the American, and now within the ACC. I discussed Cincinnati’s league-by-league hopscotch above, and Louisville’s actually the one college to finest that. This system appears to be in nice arms now with Chris Mack, who got here by the use of Xavier and hasn’t seen a dip up to now.
File since 1938-39: 1,809-654 | Common-season titles: 42
NCAA Tournaments: 48 | Last Fours: 15
Weeks ranked: 786 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 62
There are packages that rank increased, however by way of pure school basketball historical past, does any college have extra star energy and icon attract than Kansas? Here is a laundry listing of names related to this system previously 120 years: James Naismith, Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Ralph Miler, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Brown, Roy Williams, Invoice Self. There’s loads of others, however that’s a lot school basketball historical past in and of itself. Kansas doesn’t fee as the very best program of all time nevertheless it’s on the prime of the listing for having probably the most distinguished and achieved names within the historical past of the game. Amid all of the information and achievements, probably the most outrageous one to me continues to be Self successful 14 straight regular-season titles (2005-2018). I do not suppose that can be duplicated on the power-conference stage within the subsequent 100 years.
Amid all this dominance, it is nonetheless shocking to know that KU has “simply” three nationwide championships (1952, 1988, 2008) however the Last 4 runs outdoors of which might be a lot (12) and KU’s 107 NCAA Match wins are fourth most in historical past. Kansas has made 30 straight NCAA Tournaments, a report, and has 240 wins over ranked opponents. Consensus All-People: Howard Engleman, Charlie Black, Clyde Lovellete, Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, Nick Collison, Wayne Simien, Thomas Robinson, Frank Mason and Devonte Graham. The listing of excellent Jayhawks requires a number of pages, frankly. Who’s the very best coach in class historical past? Allen has the constructing named after him — and it is perhaps the very best venue in school basketball — however Self’s dominance within the trendy period cannot be usurped. Allen received 590 video games, Self is sitting at 501, so he’ll want virtually 5 extra seasons to catch him. The followers even have a protracted custom of bringing out probably the most haunting cheer/taunt in school sports activities: Roooooooock / chaaaaaaaalk / Jaaaaayhaaaaaawk / Kayyyyyy-youuuuuu.
File since 1938-39: 1,732-725 | Common-season titles: 31
NCAA Tournaments: 49 | Last Fours: 18
Weeks ranked: 695 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 83
John Picket constructed a monolith of success and created a dynasty, the likes of which is able to by no means be seen once more in males’s Division I basketball. The Bruins received and received and received and have become one of many greatest tales in sports activities from the mid-Sixties all over 1975, when Picket surprisingly retired after successful his tenth and closing championship. That is a training report in males’s basketball that appears near-impossible to interrupt at this level and for the centuries to return. UCLA has 17 wins over No. 1-ranked groups in its historical past, and Picket’s period alone doesn’t characterize why UCLA is No. 4 all time in school hoops. The Bruins received a championship in 1995 underneath Jim Harrick and made three straight Last Fours — a uncommon feat within the post-Picket epoch — from 2006-08 underneath Ben Howland. This season, UCLA would possibly show to be the very best crew within the Pac-12 once more, doing so after rallying in its first season underneath Mick Cronin to tie for the convention championship.
Flashing again, although, it does begin with the Wizard of Westwood. UCLA was nothing earlier than he arrived, after which it created the best dynasty in school basketball historical past. Lew Alcindor and Invoice Walton is perhaps the 2 finest gamers ever in school hoops — they usually have been separated by three years at UCLA, again when freshmen weren’t eligible. Picket received 620 video games and coached from 1948-75. His picture and impression have been so daunting, UCLA turned considered as an underachiever within the near-two a long time after his retirement, although the Bruins continuously made the NCAA Match and all its coaches have been simply above .600 in win share. Picket did not alter the dynamic, he was the dynamic. I’ve made certain to listing every crew’s consensus All-People since 1939 in each capsule of this rating, however we’re reaching the purpose the place these prime groups have near or greater than 20 guys. A few of the finest to put on Bruin gold: Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Alcindor, Sidney Wicks, Walton, Keith Wilkes, Marques Johnson, David Greenwood, Ed O’Bannon, Kevin Love, Lonzo Ball. All consensus A-As. After all that is additionally the alma mater of Reggie Miller, Russell Westbrook and Toby Bailey!
File since 1938-39: 1,848-683 | Common-season titles: 22
NCAA Tournaments: 43 | Last Fours: 16
Weeks ranked: 833 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 78
When Mike Krzyzewski took the Duke job in 1980, on the age of 33, he was coming from his alma mater, Military, and there have been no visions of convention dominance. In actual fact, Krzyzewski was on the new seat three seasons in (38-47) and a few followers wished him out, however then-athletic director Tom Butters caught together with his coach. That act of endurance from an AD wasn’t unusual in 1983, however in trendy instances it is simple to see the way it might have gone otherwise. Fortunately for Duke and Kryzyzewski the choice to remain the course resulted in what could possibly be argued is the best teaching profession in males’s school basketball historical past. Earlier than Krzyzewski, Duke had its share of excellent instances, although. He made Duke the most well-liked — and polarizing — program within the sport, however from 1940-1979 Duke made eight NCAA Tournaments and 4 Last Fours. Its finest coach was Vic Bubas (213-67), who was in cost from 1959-69. Duke was a superb ACC program. Underneath Coach Ok, it is a platinum school basketball energy. So far Duke has 29 wins over No. 1-ranked groups, which is probably the most in school basketball. Its 114 NCAA Match wins ranked third all time. It has 316 wins over ranked opponents and its 1,848 wins are third most since 1939.
Krzyzewski’s received 1,084 video games at Duke and been to the Massive Dance all however 4 seasons of his profession. His 5 titles path solely Picket’s 10 NCAA championships — however he is thrived when attending to the Last 4 has been more durable, the game’s expertise pool is extra unfold out than ever and the competitors stays cutthroat. Hell, Wednesday’s NBA Draft marked the primary time in 10 years a Duke participant didn’t be picked within the first spherical. That is an incredible run. Duke’s had 80 gamers go within the prime 60 picks (and precisely 100 total) in NBA historical past. Consensus All-People have been a daily factor in Durham for 35 years, the largest names being Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Shane Battier, Jason Williams, J.J. Redick, Jahlil Okafor, Marvin Bagley III, RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson. Duke is the largest program in school basketball as a result of it attracts probably the most emotion from the game’s followers. Numerous love, a lot of hate, however no bigger TV draw than the college with 4 letters led by a person referred to with only one: Ok.
2. North Carolina
File since 1938-39: 1,890-663 | Common-season titles: 35
NCAA Tournaments: 50 | Last Fours: 20
Weeks ranked: 923 | Prime-60 NBA picks:75
Take it, Carolina followers. Your crew beat Duke by 195 factors. There’s only a bit extra historical past, slightly extra NCAA Match success, just a few extra wins vs. ranked opponents and 4 extra Last 4 showings. That is school basketball royalty in its most elegant kind. It is truthful to say that between Dean Smith and Roy Williams — who’ve mixed for six match titles and 1,764 profession wins — no program has a greater 1-2 of coaches than UNC. The Tar Heels received their first title in 1957 by going 32-0 underneath Frank McGuire, with Lennie Rosenbluth and Pete Brennan guiding the best way. The subsequent championship did not occur till a man named Jordan hit a shot with 17 seconds to go in opposition to Georgetown in ’82. However MJ wasn’t even UNC’s finest participant; he was a freshman understudy, taking part in third fiddle at finest to James Worthy and Sam Perkins.
Smith was the conscience of school basketball for greater than three a long time, and since his passing in 2015, Smith’s status has solely swelled attributable to his humanitarianism and battle for racial equality years earlier than these issues have been mentioned and persistently fought for inside and outdoors the world of sports activities. The Tar Heels declare 23 victories over No. 1-ranked groups. They’ve 126 NCAA Match wins. Their 339 victories in opposition to ranked opponents is much and away probably the most in school basketball historical past. And within the traditionally nice ACC, 35 regular-season titles places Duke’s 22 to disgrace. Additionally a report: 20 Last Fours. No college tops that. The identical goes for Candy 16 appearances: UNC claims 34 of them. No program has been higher at cultivating extra actually good NBA gamers, both. Once you’ve received Jordan, you’ve got received the successful hand. However this is a slew of different consensus All-People to play in Chapel Hill: Bob McAdoo, Phil Ford, Worthy, Perkins, Kenny Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison, Tyler Hansbrough, Brice Johnson. Then you definitely’ve received Vince Carter, Raymond Felton, Sean Might, Ty Lawson, Rasheed Wallace — simply stud after stud.
At one level UNC made 27 straight NCAA Tournaments, a report solely just lately damaged by Kansas. Smith continues to be thought of the best coach in UNC historical past however Williams has extra nationwide titles and is a 1B at worst. North Carolina and Duke have saved one another within the prime three in some ways, however there is no such thing as a birthright or assure to this. Williams took over at some extent in 2003 when UNC was beginning to hunch. He received a nationwide title in two years. These 2005 and ’09 championship groups have a case to be simply pretty much as good because the ’82 champs.
File since 1938-39: 1,984-540 | Common-season titles: 47
NCAA Tournaments: 59 | Last Fours: 17
Weeks ranked: 918 | Prime-60 NBA picks: 100
Kentucky is blowing away this area with 1,931.8 factors. The distinction, actually, is the SEC championships and the NBA expertise John Calipari has recruited to the Bluegrass State for the previous decade. It is astounding. Kentucky is unequivocally probably the most profitable and constant program in school basketball previously 10 years, the previous 20, 30, 40, 60 and even 80 years. UK’s 131 NCAA Match wins: most ever. Its 2,320 wins in historical past: most ever. How about this: it has made 21 Elite Eights NOT together with the years it additionally went to the Last 4, which provides one other 9 to that pile. By far probably the most ever. Kentucky’s 102 top-60 NBA picks since 1946: most ever. It has been ranked for 919 weeks, tops in school basketball historical past. The 59 NCAA Match bids outpaces No. 2 North Carolina by NINE. Its domination of the SEC is foolish; these 47 regular-season titles, along with 17 Last Fours, catapulted Kentucky previous the competitors.
Adolph Rupp received 876 video games and constructed Kentucky into a university hoops colossus. When he retired in 1972, he’d received 4 nationwide titles and had UK because the No. 2 program within the sport behind UCLA. Joe B. Corridor took over, received a title in ’78 and received to 297 wins. Eddie Sutton had success that was tarnished by rule-breaking, and so in swooped Rick Pitino to supply school basketball with its most entertaining crew of the Nineties. The 1995-96 Kentucky crew that went 34-2 and received the title is on the Mount Rushmore of best groups in historical past and might be the very best non-undefeated crew to ever win all of it.
Tubby Smith took over after Pitino left for the NBA, received a championship with Pitino’s gamers in ’98, and saved Kentucky atop the game for many of his time. And now we have now Calipari. I mentioned UNC has the very best 1-2 teaching combo ever, and that is true. However Kentucky by far has the very best trio of elite coaches in basketball historical past: Rupp, Pitino, Calipari. Since 2009, Calipari has redefined the best way to recruit and thrive in school hoops, peeling off the best run of execs in school basketball historical past. Together with Wednesday’s draft, 44 gamers have come out of Kentucky the final 11 seasons and been drafted. UK has made extra Last Fours than any college in Calipari’s tenure and received the nationwide title with one other all-time nice crew in 2011-12. The listing of absurd expertise to play within the Commonwealth would require a chapter unto itself, so this is a dollop: Alex Groza, Ralph Beard, Cliff Hagan, Dan Issel, Jamal Mashburn, Tony Delk, Ron Mercer, Tayshaun Prince, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Tyler Ulis. Whereas school basketball has a formidable group of blue bloods sitting at its desk, solely program belongs on the head: Kentucky.