The 25 Most Successful College Basketball Programs Of The 64-Team Era, Scored By NCAA Tournament Bracket Rules

UConn

Where does UConn rank following its most recent title?

When the Connecticut men’s basketball team cut down the nets at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas April 7, it was the fourth time since 1999 that the Huskies’ program won the NCAA Tournament championship. Led by senior guard Shabazz Napier, Kevin Ollie’s squad defeated freshmen-laiden Kentucky, 60-54. 

Where does UConn rank among the most successful men’s college basketball programs since 1985? Let’s find out. 

First, how do you determine “success”? How much weight do regular season and conference tournament championships hold? Should success just be based on performance in the NCAA Tournament? 

We ran a project using solely NCAA Tournament data along with typical NCAA Tournament bracket scoring, to determine the most successful college basketball programs since 1985. Again, we’re scoring each school based on how most bracket pools are tabulated:

Maybe not 2014, but a few other years.

Maybe not 2014, but a few other years.

Round of 64 loss = 0 points
Round of 32 loss = 10 points
Sweet 16 loss = 20 points
Elite Eight loss = 40 points
Final Four loss = 80 points
Championship Game loss = 160 points
National Champions = 320 points

Here are the schools ranked No. 25 to No. 11. The top 10 starts on the next slide.

25. Georgia Tech – 380 points
24. Butler – 390 points
23. Wisconsin – 410 points
21 (tie). Memphis – 450 points
21 (tie). Illinois – 450 points
20. Oklahoma – 480 points
19. Georgetown – 500 points
18. Ohio State – 530 points
17. Villanova – 580 points
16. UNLV – 590 points
15. Maryland – 600 points
14. Arkansas – 700 points
13. Indiana – 750 points
12. UCLA – 910 points
11. Michigan – 970 points

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