NCAA Men’s Basketball: 5 Great Past Teams

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College basketball has brought us so many incredible teams that have had the talent, motivation, and attitude to win championships. But some of them have been so great that they almost personify perfection. Headed by inspirational coaches who put together a talented group of athletes with no-quit attitudes, their impressive seasons speak for themselves.

Here are five of the greatest National Collegiate Athletic Association teams to ever play men’s college basketball.

Note: Photos may not match exact team/year described.

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1. 1968 UCLA

With coach John Wooden at the helm, the 1968 Bruins had a dominant 29-1 record. They also were fortunate enough to have one of the greatest players in NCAA history, Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). After dunking was temporarily outlawed in the sport, his innovative and un-guardable “sky hook” shot took the team a long way. Rounding out the starting five was Lucious Allen, Lynn Shackelford, Mike Warren, and Mike Lynn. Although they lost the “game of the century” against Houston for their only defeat, the Bruins came back in a huge way in the NCAA tournament by beating their opponents by an average of 21 points. They went on to thrash North Carolina in the championship game by 23.

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