The 25 Most Successful College Basketball Teams Since 2000, Scored By NCAA Tournament Bracket Rules

How far did Louisville move up?

Everyone loves to debate which college basketball schools should be considered the most “successful”. But how do you define success? Is the NCAA Tournament the sole measuring stick available to determine bragging rights? Do conference titles matter? Should conference tournament titles count? Then, of course, there’s the time period you’re measuring. Success is measured by accomplishment within a given time frame.

As you can see, there are many ways to go about creating a list like this. We decided to start a project, using just NCAA Tournament data, with the goal of determining the most successful college basketball programs since 2000. In honor of the recent completion of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, we decided to score each school based on how most bracket pools are tabulated:

Syracuse in the top 10?

Round of 64 loss = 0 points
Round of 32 loss = 1 point
Sweet 16 loss = 2 points
Elite Eight loss = 4 points
Final Four loss = 8 points
Championship Game loss = 12 points
National Champions = 16 points

So theoretically, if you are the type of person who picks the same team to win the NCAA Tournament every year, you might want to take a look at No. 1 on this list – because that team has (since 2000) statistically performed better than any other over time. 

Without further ado, here are the schools ranked 25-11. The top 10 start on the next slide.

Dwyane Wade (marquetteu)

24. Oklahoma State (tie) – 16 Points
24. Pittsburgh (tie) - 16 Points
24. Xavier (tie) - 16 Points
24. Gonzaga (tie) - 16 Points
22. Villanova (tie) - 17 Points
22. West Virginia (tie) - 17 Points
21. Marquette – 18 Points
19. Indiana (tie) – 19 Points
19. Oklahoma (tie) – 19 Points
16. Texas (tie) – 24 Points
16. Wisconsin (tie) – 24 Points
16. Memphis (tie) – 24 Points
15. Illinois – 25 Points
12. Maryland (tie) – 31 Points
12. Butler (tie) – 31 Points
12. Ohio State (tie) – 31 Points
11. Arizona – 32 Points

Next: >> Schools Ranked 10-6

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Matt is a Co-Founder at College Spun. He can be reached at matt@collegespun.com.