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Greatest college basketball programs

Postby DrJay » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:33 pm

I was starting to work up a thread, with a lot of #s, about which is the best college hoops program, historically, then I found some guy had already done that pretty well. I was also going to include things like 1st team All-Americans, 1st round NBA draft picks, etc, but he hit on the main stats. As much as I'd like to pick UNC #1, I think UK is the right choice. UCLA vs. UNC for #2 is tough, for reasons the guy points out. Duke might overtake UCLA with one or maybe two more titles.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1306 ... f-all-time
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby DrJay » Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:37 pm

The short answer:

1. Kentucky
2. UCLA
3. North Carolina
4. Duke
5. Kansas
6. Indiana
7. Louisville
8. Michigan St
9. Connecticut
10. Ohio St

Honorable mention went to Syracuse, Cincinnati, Utah, NC State, Oklahoma St.
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby bijanc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:01 pm

For men: UCLA, Kentucky, UNC, Kansas, Indiana, Duke, Louisville, Virginia Union, UNLV.
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby lonewolf » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:09 pm

Virginia Union?????? Does the school have another official or informal name? I have never heard of it in any context. :?
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby bijanc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:20 pm

FYI:

Dream Team:

http://www.vuusports.com/news/2010/10/25/GEN_1025101027.aspx

The 1938-39 Panther squad was known as “The Dream Team,” and VUU had won the first of it's 23 CIAA conference titles that season.
McDaniel is the last surviving member of that team. “We were really good,” he said. “We won two straight CIAA titles and should have won three.”
This dynasty was built during a time when VUU's student population numbered around 300. VUU's coach and athletic director, Henry Hucles, had built the basketball team into a powerhouse.
Too powerful for a college team, some said.
Vicious rumors and whispers started about the Panthers. Some couldn't believe that a small, private university could field such a great team without the lure of payment to the players.

1958-1961 squad featured All-American and 23 rebound a game (6'3 and a half) Jumpin' Jackie Jackson of Boys High, All-CIAA playmaker Eddie "Czar" Simmons, also of Boys. They composed 2/3 of Connie Hawkins' great Brooklyn three-on-three squad, and 3/5 of Brooklyn's Rucker Tourney team in those days.


Under the leadership of head coach Dave Robbins since 1978, the Panthers basketball program has been to the Division II "Final Four" seven times (1980, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006) and have won three NCAA Division II national championship titles (1980, 1992, 2005). The team was the 2006 National runner-up with a record of 30-4. The team has also captured the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference championship 20 times.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=4906523
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby lonewolf » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:35 pm

Thanks, bijanc. I guess I have to look beyond D1... I am sure VU never heard of me either. :)
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby bijanc » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:49 pm

No biggie, it comes w/ my gig.
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Re: Greatest college basketball programs

Postby 26mi235 » Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:06 pm

I started paying attention to college basket ball in the early 1960s where the local team, despite being undefeated, was an underdog to the great eastern teams. about 13 years later they finally lost an NCAA tournament game by a little bit in the Final, if I recall correctly. It is true that the third year of that string they did not play in the NCAA tournament, but their biggest loss was to the freshman team -- the freshman could not play varsity games then and I have little doubt that they would have won the title that year as well.

No team, before or since, has come remotely close to doing that for a third as long, much less matching it. An NBA team might have lost more tournament games...
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