The 25 Most Successful College Basketball Teams Of The 21st Century, Scored By NCAA Tournament Bracket Rules
4. Florida (tie) – 59 Points
We all remember the dominance of both the 2006 and 2007 teams that won their respective NCAA titles, but it’s also worth noting that the Gators reached the championship game in 2000, falling to Michigan State. Florida has also made three straight Elite Eight appearances, meaning that the Gators have won at least three games in the NCAA Tournament in six out of the past 14 years. Five seasons without an NCAA win cost Florida a chance at checking in even higher.
4. Duke (tie) – 59 Points
Like Florida, Duke has won two national championships in the 21st century – in 2001 and 2010. The Blue Devils have surprisingly only reached the Final Four one other year, 2004, when they were ousted by UConn in one of the greatest comebacks in NCAA Tournament history. Duke has reached the Sweet 16 in 11 seasons, but has advanced just four times to the Elite Eight. The Blue Devils are consistent, however, winning at least one NCAA game in 12 of the 14 years.
3. Michigan State – 63 Points
Tom Izzo is always mentioned as a great “March coach”, and the statistics completely back it up. Michigan State has reached the Final Four five times this century, winning it all in 2000 and finishing as the runner-up in 2009. Nine Sweet 16 trips in 14 years is another amazing accomplishment, as is the fact that the Spartans have never gone longer than five years in between Final Four appearances. For that theory to hold true, 2014 will need to be a big year in East Lansing.
2. North Carolina – 64 Points
Roy Williams returned the Tar Heels as an elite college basketball program in 2004 after leaving Kansas. He’s since won two national championships (2005 & 2009) at the school, along with notching another Final Four appearance (2008) and three more Elite Eight showings. Throw in the miracle Final Four run in 2000 under Bill Guthridge and you’ve got yourself a scoring machine (for our purposes, at least). But the real irony? It’s the school Williams left that checks in at No. 1.
1. Kansas – 68 Points
I’ll admit, I was even surprised. UNC, Duke, Florida and UConn have all won more championships this century than Kansas, so how could the Jayhawks come out on top? Consistency. Kansas has reached four Final Fours, winning the 2008 national title and finishing as the runner up in both 2003 and 2012. The Jayhawks also have three more Elite Eight appearances, making it seven years in which they’ve won at least three games. Like Duke, there are only two years (2005 & 2006) in which they didn’t win an NCAA Tournament game. When all the numbers were tallied, it was clear that Kansas is the team that has performed (statistically) the best in NCAA games this century. Rock Chalk.