Ten Best College Basketball Champions of the last 25 years

But the 1990 team was able to go all the way and lead UNLV to its lone title.

. and Carlos Boozer. This particular Blue Devils team has left a lasting legacy as a pedigree and measuring stick for all Duke teams to come after.

5) Indiana 1987- this Hoosiers team led by coach Bob Knight posted a 30-4 record on the way to a national championship. With a 34-2 record, Duke who was coming off a championship the previous season, found their way back to the championship after a much harder fought and tougher road. the Wildcats run to the title was difficult and compelling as they made history along the way.

4) UNLV 1990- The Running Rebels led by coach Jerry Tarkanian, were a well powered offense with plenty of talent. Perhaps the most memorable moments of Duke’s season came against Maryland, in which they came from behind in two games. The team the following season may have actually been better going 27-0 through the regular season, but coming up just short in the final 4 against eventual champion Duke. Buckeyes in the championship. Led by guards Michael Dickerson Jr., Mike Bibby, and Miles Simon Jr. Syracuse would go on to defeat #1 seeds Oklahoma and Texas before beating the Jayhawks in the championship. Despite some close games including the title game in which Hoosier Keith Smart hit a jump shot with just a few seconds to play, Indiana was clear cut best team of that season and proved it. Led by star player Tyler Hansbrough and coach Roy Williams, UNC overpowered Oklahoma, Villanova, and Michigan St. Led by Mike Krzyzewski, more commonly known as Coach K, and star players Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, and Grant Hill, the Blue Devils defeated Michigan in the title game. It was their quarterfinal match up with Kentucky that everyone seems to remember however, as Laettner caught an out of bounds pass from Grant Hill on the opposite side of the court, and hit a turnaround jumper as time expired. Led by star player Steve Alford, Indiana defeated UNLV in the final 4 and Syracuse in the title game. The Huskies would finish the year 34-2, a national champion, and the best Huskies’ men’s basketball team of all time.

8) Duke 2001- this version of the Blue Devils, also coached by Coach K, was supremely talented and dynamic on the court. Led by Shane Battier and Jayson Williams, Duke won with its excellent defense and three point shooting, and also got key contributions from Mike Dunleavy Jr. The title was a long time coming for Hansbrough who led the Tar Heels for four seasons, and a few heartbreaks along the way. With the help of a solid junior class of star guards Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington, and forwards Deon Thompson and Danny Green, UNC was overwhelmingly stacked with talent, but they also played an excellent team that allowed them to post a record of 34-4 with their 4 losses coming by a total of just 16 points.

6) Arizona 1997- The Wildcats who were coached by Lute Olson, won the championship as a 4 seed, defeating three #1 seeds along the way. The first being a comeback from 10 points down with 54 seconds left to force and overtime where the Blue Devils would go on to win by 2. Connecticut served as the class of college basketball most of the season being ranked at the very top or near the very top, although they were huge underdogs against a Duke team that may have been the best team to not win the NCAA title. In addition to Carmelo Anthony, the team had Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick by his side giving them an offensive threat at several positions. Coming off a championship with mainly sophomores, the core of players decided to return for their junior years, posting a 26-5 regular season record and a perfect 9-0 postseason record. This team despite being very young with mainly freshman and sophomores, was able to keep their poise and determination which guided them to the ultimate victory.

1) Florida 2007- the 2nd of back to back championships for the Gators, who ran through a stacked talent pool of players and teams.

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Before I get started, I made this list based on the most recent quarter century of champions. This would end up being Bob Knight’s last NCAA title and Indiana’s last appearance in the title game until 2002.

3) North Carolina 2009-this edition of the Tar Heels was a building process that started the season after their 2005 NCAA title. Perhaps most impressive was their 103-73 beating of the Duke Blue Devils in the title game, which was their third 30 point victory in the tournament. The reason this team ranks so high is because their ability to handle the pressure all season long of being the top dog in basketball. Team records, strength of opponents, and overall dominance and impact are what I base my rankings on.

7) UConn 1999- the Huskies of 1999, were coached by Jim Calhoun, and led by star players Richard Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, and Jake Voskuhl. It was UConn who got the stops and made the plays down the stretch winning 77-74 in an excellent game pulling off the upset and being crowned champions. Coached by Bill Self, Kansas defeated the Cinderella story Davidson led by Stephen Curry in the elite 8, followed by a crushing of perennial favorite North Carolina, and an overtime classic victory over Memphis which included Mario Chalmers’ three pointer that forced overtime. in the final three rounds on their way to the championship. With a record of 37-3, and a consistent ranking at the top or near the top, the Jayhawks dominated the 2007-2008 season, winning their first title in 20 years.

9) Syracuse 2003- The Orangemen led by superstar freshman Carmelo Anthony and coached by Jim Boeheim defeated Kansas in the title game to give the Boeheim his first title. The Orangemen’s run to the title was impressive with a 30-5 record, big time victories throughout the season and postseason and a body of work that continued to get better and better as the tournament went along. The only question this team didn’t answer was whether they could have gone for three titles in a row had Brewer, Horford, Noah, and point guard Taurean Green not left college to play in the NBA.

2) Duke 1992- this edition of the Blue Devils may have been the best of all time. Finishing with a record of 35-4 and a national championship, this Duke squad could be considered to be one of the best teams ever. The Gators led by Corey Brewer, Al Horford, and Joakim Noah defeated UCLA in title game rematch in the Final 4 and the Ohio St. With a roster that included Larry Johnson, Stacy Augmon, Greg Anthony, and George Ackles, the Rebels were heavy favorites from the beginning of the season, and rolled through the competition, finishing 35-5. Arizona’s improbable run took off with a huge victory over the overall #1 seed Kansas, followed by victories over Providence, #1 seed North Carolina in the final 4, and #1 seed and defending champion Kentucky in the title game. UConn was able to fend of challenges from the likes of Gonzaga and Ohio St, before clashing with Duke in a much anticipated championship game between two championship teams. The 2nd comeback came in the final 4, after trailing by 22 points against Maryland the Blue Devils willed their way back into the game, turning the deficit into a lead and eventual victory, saving the game, their season, and their title hopes.

10) Kansas 2008- the 2008 Jayhawks squad, consisting of Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Darrel Arthur, and Darnell Jackson put together one of the more impressive runs in recent memory. The Blue Devils ran through the ACC tournament defeating North Carolina in the finals, and the NCAA tournament as well going through Maryland in the Final 4 and Arizona in the title game

Sports Trivia: Questions and Answers

and Ken Griffey Jr.

Which type of ball was basketball played with until 1929?

Soccer ball

Who is the only player to have blasted 100 international centuries?

Sachin Tendulkar

Which NFL team is known as the ‘ain’ts’ when on a losing streak?

The New Orleans Saints

What is the highest possible break in snooker?

155

Who is the only wild card entrant to have won Wimbledon?

Goran Ivani?evi?: 2001

Who beat Ivan Lendl in a French Open final using underhand serves?

Michael Chang

Who is the only tennis player to have won each of the four grand slam events at least four times?

Steffi Graf

Which country dominates Olympics basketball like no one else?

USA has won the gold 14 times out of 18 editions

American Football

Who is the only coach to win both a Super Bowl and a Rose Bowl?

Dick Vermeil

Michael Phelps

Retired American swimmer Michael Fred Phelps II is easily the most successful Olympian ever. To name a few, sports like soccer, cricket, football, tennis, basketball, and baseball, have hundreds of millions of fans all over the world. volleyball player to win three Olympic gold medals?

Karch Kiraly. Fry

What is an NBA player deemed to be if he has received the Maurice Podoloff Trophy?

The most valuable player (MVP)

After retiring as a player, with which team did baseball great Babe Ruth spend one year as a coach?

The Brooklyn Dodgers: 1938

Which country won the first World Cup held in 1930?

Uruguay

In which sport are the terms ‘stale fish’ and ‘mulekick’ used?

Snowboarding

Who was the 1st non-European to win the Tour de France?

Greg Lemond from the US

Tennis

Which is the only country to have played in each and every World Cup?

Brazil

Which was the only team to win two World Series in the 1980s?

The Los Angeles Dodgers

Various Sports

Cricket

Who was the first U.S. A sports trivia, with amazing facts and figures in just what’s needed then.

Here is an easy sports trivia, which will be thoroughly enjoyed by kids too.

Soccer

Which boxer was an underdog with odds of 42:1 when he stunned Mike Tyson?

Buster Douglas: 1990

What is the maximum time limit allowed to look for a lost ball in golf?

5 minutes

Which team is as well-known for their comic antics as for their on-court skills?

Harlem Globetrotters

What three movements are required for an athlete to successfully complete a triple jump?

Hop, step, and jump

Which 2 counties did umpiring legend Dickie Bird play for?

Yorkshire and Leicestershire

How many World Cups have been won by Australian?

Four: 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007

Which sport did George Washington play with his troops?

Cricket

Why did the year 1994 see no baseball World Series?

Player’s strike

In cross-country bike racing, what do the initials BMX represent?

Bicycle moto x (cross)

Who is the youngest winner of a Ladies Singles title in the Open Era?

Martina Hingis: Winner in 1997 at 16 years of age

Baseball

In which year was the first Wimbledon tournament held?

1877

The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was the first keeper for which English football club?

AFC Portsmouth

Before the NFL mandated the use of helmets in 1943, who was the last player not to use one?

Chicago Bears lineman Dick Plasman

What sport used the term ‘home run’ long before baseball?

Cricket

Which was the first televised game of the NFL?

Oct 22, 1939: The Brooklyn Dodgers Vs. Charlotte Cooper of Great Britain was the first gold medalist.

Weren’t these sports trivia questions and answers really amazing? If you have other such interesting sports facts, do share them in the comments section below, for everyone to enjoy.

Who was the first athlete to fail an Olympic drug test?

Pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall in 1968

In 1990, two baseball greats created history by becoming the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back homers in an MLB game.

Ken Griffey Sr. Philadelphia Eagles (broadcast by NBC to 500 TV sets)

Which sport is played on the biggest pitch in terms of area?

Polo

Which is the coldest game in NFL history?

1967 NFL Championship game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers: -13 degrees

How many home runs did baseball great Ty Cobb hit in the three world series in which he played?

None

Which sporting great was dubbed ‘the boy from Bowral’?

Sir Donald Bradman

What is ‘El Clásico’?

A game between club giants Real Madrid and Barcelona

Basketball

In horse racing, what is a Yankee?

11 individual bets

What was banned from 1967 to 1976?

Slam dunk

Which cricketer was even offered the throne of Albania?

C.B. Out of those, 18 are gold, more than double the next best Olympian.Arguably, every person on this planet loves some sport or the other. He has won a whopping 22 medals at the 3 Olympics he has taken part in. How many world records did swimmer Mark Spitz set when he won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics?

Seven-one in each of the races in which he competed.

Which was the first African country to qualify for a World Cup?

Egypt: 1934

What was the first sport in which women were invited to compete at the Olympics?

Tennis, at the 1900 games in Paris. As a true fan you’d always be wanting to gather more and more information about your favorite sport, and more likely the team you root for

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