Top 25 NCAA Basketball Teams of All Time

1. 1976 Indiana (32-0): Hoosiers featured three All-Americans (Kent Benson, Scott May, and Quinn Buckner). IU rolled past Michigan 86-68 in the title game. May, Benson, and Tom Abernathy made the All-Tournament team.

2. 1992 Duke (34-2): Christian Laettner’s long jumper gave Duke a 104-103 overtime victory against Kentucky in the Elite Eight, giving the Blue Devils a boost toward the title. They won that, defeating Michigan, 71-51.

3. 1982 North Carolina (32-2): Fred Brown’s errant pass helped the Tar Heels preserve a 63-62 victory against Georgetown and Patrick Ewing in the title game. Tar Heels featured James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and a player who later became the best in the game, Michael Jordan.

4. 1973 UCLA (30-0): Center Bill Walton led the Bruins, who won 10 championships in 12 years under coach John Wooden. Walton hit 21 of 22 from the floor to defeat Memphis State 87-66 in the title game.

5. 1991 UNLV (37-1): Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony, and Anderson Hunt all finished careers with more than 1,500 points and may have been Jerry Tarkanian’s best-ever team, but it could not conquer Duke in the Final Four.

6. 1990 UNLV (35-5): Blitzed Duke 103-73 for the title as Anderson Hunt drilled 29 and Larry Johnson 22. Hunt became the first Final Four MVP since 1954 to never play in the NBA.

7. 1968 UCLA (29-1): Houston ended UCLA’s 47-game win streak, 71-69, but the Lew Alcindor-led Bruins came back to blow the Cougars away, 101-69, for the title.

8. 1974 North Carolina State (30-1): After winning a torrid 103-100 victory vs. Maryland to take the ACC tournament, the David Thompson led Wolfpack knocked off Marquette, 76-64, for the NCAA title.

9. 1973 North Carolina State (27-0): Ineligible for the NCAA tournament, the Wolfpack were led by David Thompson, Tom Burleson, and Monte Towe.

10. 1975 Indiana (31-1): After Scott May was injured, the Hoosiers were knocked off by Kentucky, 92-90, in the Sweet 16. Team may have been better than the 1976 team until May got hurt.

11. 1972 UCLA (30-0): Walton’s 24 points and 20 rebounds led the Bruins past Florida State, 81-76, for the championship.

12. 1970 UCLA (28-2): Sidney Wicks, Curtis Rowe, and Steve Patterson led the Bruins past Jacksonville and 7-foot-2 Artis Gilmore for the title, 80-69.

13. 1979 Michigan State (26-6): Earvin “Magic” Johnson had the better supporting cast against top-ranked Indiana State and Larry Bird in the finale, 75-64. Johnson outscored Bird, 24-19.

14. 1980 Louisville (33-3): Darrel Griffith’s 23 points and the Cardinals’ tough defense stopped UCLA, 59-54, in the championship game.

15. 1991 Duke (32-7): Although ranked only sixth, the Blue Devils won the first of two straight national titles, 72-65 vs. Kansas.

16. 1968 Houston (29-1): Elvin Hayes helped the Cougars stop UCLA’s 47-game win streak, but the team could not repeat its Astrodome victory, losing the championship game, 101-69.

17. 1964 UCLA (30-0): Though they lacked size, the Bruins had plenty of great performers in Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Keith Erickson and 6-5 center Fred Slaughter. Defeated Duke, 98-83, for the title.

18. 1954 Kentucky (25-0): Cliff Hagan and Frank Ramsey, future NBA stars, led the Wildcats. Kentucky had three starters ineligible by NCAA standards and turned down a bid to the tournament. During the regular season, Kentucky defeated eventual NCAA champ LaSalle, 73-60.

19. 1957 North Carolina (32-0): Lennie Rosenbluth helped the Tar Heels defeat Kansas and sophomore Wilt Chamberlain in three overtimes, 54-53, for the championship.

20. 1956 San Francisco (29-0): This season was part of USF’s 60-game win streak. The Dons were led by Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, future NBA greats.

21. 1988 Temple (32-2): Owls finished top-ranked but fell in the NCAA quarterfinals to Duke. Owls tied school record for victories.

22. 1961 Ohio State (34-2): Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek could not overcome Cincinnati in the final, losing 70-65 in overtime.

23. 1962 Cincinnati (29-2): Bearcats made it two titles in a row, again at Ohio State’s expense, this time 71-59.

24. 1966 Texas Western (later UTEP) (28-1): Despite having three starters under 6-foot-1, the Miners knocked off top-ranked Kentucky, 72-65, for the crown.

25. 1978 Kentucky (30-2): Jack Givens led coach Joe Hall’s Wildcats past Duke in the final. Other key player included Kyle Macy, Rick Robey, James Lee, and Mike Phillips.