50 Greatest Programs of All-Time (Updated Through 2021)

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And I will update these tables. The metric I've been debating with the longest is how to quantify conference championships. This is what I think makes the most sense. And I realize the RPI is flawed, but it at least evaluates all of the D1 schools and doesn't stop at just 25 schools.


1939-1948: Collective Winning Percentage of a Conference
5 points- conference champ of a league in the top-third in the country in winning percentage
4 points-conference champ of a league in the middle-third in the country in winning percentage
3 points- conference champ of a league in the bottom-third in the country in winning percentage

1949-1980: AP Poll began in the 48-49 season.
5 points- Win the conference title, ranked, and 3 other schools in the conference are ranked
4 points- Conference title, ranked, and 1 other school in the conference is ranked
3 points- All other conference championships

1980-2001: RPI
5 points- Conference title, top 25 in the RPI, plus 3 other schools in the conference are in the top 25
4 points- Conference title, top 25 in the RPI, plus 3 other schools in the conference are in the top 50
3 points- All other conference champions

2002-Present: KenPom
-Same criteria as the RPI, but simply using the KenPom numbers.
Hey, whatever you think helps make Iowa #1, I'm all for it! :D
 

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The Field of 68 is following me on Twitter. Obviously trying to steal my ideas.
You're on Twitter?
 

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Beingthat its super evident that MULTIPLE teams were paying players wayyyyyy before NIL i move we reinstate the 2ff, 1 natty, and how many ever wins back to Louisville 🤣 lost it all for 3k and now players are literally making millions less than 10 years later. Not to mention all the players being paid during that time frame, lookin at you as the poster child AD
 
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Beingthat its super evident that MULTIPLE teams were paying players wayyyyyy before NIL i move we reinstate the 2ff, 1 natty, and how many ever wins back to Louisville 🤣 lost it all for 3k and now players are literally making millions less than 10 years later. Not to mention all the players being paid during that time frame, lookin at you as the poster child AD

I don't remove vacated final fours/titles from my spreadsheet. If they played in those games, it counts in my book. Not a big fan of a revisionist history. Heck, I actually have Louisville slightly ahead of Indiana. Table is updated through 2021.

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Devilz is putting off the update because he knows that Duke’s about to drop a spot. 😆

Hah I like that.

It's a combination of a few things. I'm finding myself busier than usual at work/home. And as far as compiling basketball stats, the only thing I'm working on right now is my transfer database. I'm going to release my top 150 transfers/top 25 recruiting classes soon.
 

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Hah I like that.

It's a combination of a few things. I'm finding myself busier than usual at work/home. And as far as compiling basketball stats, the only thing I'm working on right now is my transfer database. I'm going to release my top 150 transfers/top 25 recruiting classes soon.
Work, boy, work.

You root for the wrong school, but I love your posts. You deal with facts. That is a tough world in which to live, but I respect every little bit of it.
 

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-UNC could very easily pass UCLA for 2nd all-time next season; they're only 7 points behind.

-The top 22 schools have all won at least 1 national title.

-Baylor is ranked 53rd. They had a lot of negative points. 37 losing seasons (2nd worst among top 75 programs), and 13 seasons that were below .300 win percentage (worst of the top 75 programs).

Best Marks
Most NCAA Tournament Appearances: Kentucky, 60
Most Round of 32 Games: North Carolina, 44
Most Sweet 16s: Kentucky, 45
Most Elite 8s Kentucky, 38
Most Final Fours: North Carolina, 21
Most Title Games: UCLA, 13
Most Championships: UCLA, 11

Most Reg. Season Conference Championships (1939-Present): Kentucky, 47
Most Conference Tournament Championships (2002-Present): Gonzaga, 16
Most AP Top 10 Finishes: Kentucky, 46
Most AP Top 25 Finishes: Kentucky, 54
Most seasons with .800+ Win Percentage: Kentucky, 41
Fewest Losing Seasons: Kentucky, 2
Fewest Seasons with a sub .300 Win Percentage: Kentucky, Duke, and Iowa - 0
Most NIT Titles (1939-1956): St. John's, LIU Brooklyn- 2
 
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-UNC could very easily pass UCLA for 2nd all-time next season; they're only 7 points behind.
Crazy with UNC----Those dudes could easily have 8 National titles, right now.

Buzzer-beating loss to Nova
2nd half collapse vs KU..

How good they have been the past 6 years is sort of underrated, tbh...

2016---Runner-Up
2017---National Champs
2022--Runner-Up

Of course there was the 14-19 year....1st Round loss 2021----2nd round loss in 2018.

But still, 3 National title games since 2016 is impressive.
 
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Crazy with UNC----Those dudes could easily have 8 National titles, right now.

Buzzer-beating loss to Nova
2nd half collapse vs KU..

How good they have been the past 6 years is sort of underrated, tbh...

2016---Runner-Up
2017---National Champs
2022--Runner-Up

Of course there was the 14-19 year....1st Round loss 2021----2nd round loss in 2018.

But still, 3 National title games since 2016 is impressive.

A lot of 50-50 games, though. They were the benefactors of some close games, too.

1957: Triple Overtime over KU. UNC was down by 1 point with 8 seconds left and drew a foul, which was questionable, IMO. Go up by 1 point after the two free throws. KU turns the ball over after trying to force the ball into Wilt.

1982: After Jordan's go ahead-shot, which gave UNC a 1-point lead, Fred Brown subsequently threw a pass right to James Worthy, who wasn't guarding anybody.

1993: Chris Webber Timeout, which resulted in a technical.
 
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A lot of 50-50 games, though. They were the benefactors of some close games, too.

1957: Triple Overtime over KU. UNC was down by 1 point with 8 seconds left and drew a foul, which was questionable, IMO. Go up by 1 point after the two free throws. KU turns the ball over after trying to force the ball into Wilt.

1982: After Jordan's go ahead-shot, which gave UNC a 1-point lead, Fred Brown subsequently threw a pass right to James Worthy, who wasn't guarding anybody.

1993: Chris Webber Timeout, which resulted in a technical.
Oh they certainly had some breaks with 3 of their 6 titles...I mean no guarantee Gtown or Michigan score, win the game, but both plays were crushing. Up 2, with the ball and seconds to go was basically insurmountable---No 3 point shot. So one FT, and you were toast----And not only that, but the clock didn't stop after a made basket. So once the game got under 10 seconds, it was pretty much over...
 

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Oh they certainly had some breaks with 3 of their 6 titles...I mean no guarantee Gtown or Michigan score, win the game, but both plays were crushing. Up 2, with the ball and seconds to go was basically insurmountable---No 3 point shot. So one FT, and you were toast----And not only that, but the clock didn't stop after a made basket. So once the game got under 10 seconds, it was pretty much over...

Up 2 with the ball and No 3-point shot? What game was this?

Gonzaga was another close call, too. No guarantee the Zags would have delivered, but the Zags were on the wrong side of a very bad call. With 50ish seconds left (and Zags down by 1), Meeks and Goss-Williams tied up and Carolina had the possession arrow. But, Meeks' forearm was clearly on the baseline.

Guess what I'm getting at is, if you replay the last 3-5 minutes of all of Carolina's 12 Championship appearances, and maybe they do beat KU and Villanova - my guess is they'll come closer to winning 6 titles games than they are to winning 8. With a bunch of 50-50 games, a 6-6 record in title games is about right.
 

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Up 2 with the ball and No 3-point shot? What game was this?
Any game prior to the 1987 title game....

Disappointed you had to ask this question, brother...

Game I am specifically speaking of though is Gtown/UNC. Jordan hits shot, puts UNC up 62-60....Gtown throws ball away with 2 seconds left. Ball game.
 

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Any game prior to the 1987 title game....

Disappointed you had to ask this question, brother...

Game I am specifically speaking of though is Gtown/UNC. Jordan hits shot, puts UNC up 62-60....Gtown throws ball away with 2 seconds left. Ball game.

I did have to ask because the only game I mentioned where there was a deficit of 2 was the '93 game against Michigan. And that wouldn't make sense because obviously the 3-point line was already in play by that time.

Georgetown was up 62-61. Jordan hits a shot with 15 seconds to put UNC up 63-62. Brown turned the ball over with 7 seconds left.