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1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
The 1990 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets went 28-7 and made it to the Final Four behind perhaps the best three guard offense in NCAA history. Dennis Scott (27.9 pts., 6.6 reb.), Brian Oliver (21.3 pts., 6 reb., 3.3 ast.) and Kenny Anderson (20.6 pts., 5.5 reb., 8.1 ast.) all shot well inside and outside.
1990 LaSalle Explorers
The LaSalle Explorers went 30-2, but lost to Clemson, 79-75 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Explorers were led by All-American power forward Lionel Simmons (26.5 pts., 11.1 reb.). Simmons could score from anywhere on the floor, block shots, steal the ball and draw fouls. Simmons was supported by guards Doug Overton (17.2 pts., 6.6 ast.) and Randy Woods (13.3 pts., 3.5 ast.) outside.
1990 UNLV Runnin' Rebels
The 30-5 UNLV Runnin' Rebels are considered to be one of the greatest NCAA Championship teams of all time. The Rebels crushed Duke in the NCAA Finals 103-73. The Rebels were led by power forward Larry Johnson (20.6 pts., 11.4 reb.), center David Butler (15.8 pts., 7.4 reb.), swingman Stacey Augmon (14.2 pts., 6.9 reb., 3.7 ast.), and guards Anderson Hunt (15.9 pts., 4.1 ast.) and Greg Anthony (11.2 pts., 7.4 ast.).
1991 UNLV Runnin' Rebels
After winning the NCAA championship in 1990, the Runnin' Rebels faced NCAA sanctions for violated various NCAA rules. The Runnin' Rebels were permitted to defend their title in 1991, with the sanctions to take effect in 1992. The 1991 Runnin' Rebels outscored thier oppoinents by an average of 97.7 to 71. They hold the NCAA record for the most assists per game. The Runnin' Rebels were ranked number one from the start of the season to the end. They won every game until the NCAA semifinals. The 1991 semifinal game was a rematch of the 1990 final game, in which UNLV crushed Duke 103-73. In 1991, Duke was able to upset the Runnin' Rebels, 79-77. The Runnin' Rebels were led by Forward Larry Johnson (22.7 pts., 10.9 reb.), Guards Anderson Hunt (17.2 pts.) and Greg Anthony (11.6 pts., 8.9 ast.), and defensive player of the year Stacey Augmon (16.5 pts., 7.3 reb.). Johnson, Anthony and Augmon were all first round draft picks. Click here for a detailed article on the 1991 UNLV Rebels.
1992 Duke Blue Devils
The 34-2 Blue Devils wone their second NCAA Championship in a row in 1992, crushing Michigan 71-51 in the finals. The Blue Devils were ranked number one from the beginning of the season to the end. Their starters all averaged more than 10 points per game. Christian Laettner (21.5 pts., 7.9 reb.) led the team in scoring and rebounds and Point Guard Bobby Hurley (13.2 pts., 7.6 ast.) led the team in assists.
1992 Indiana Hoosiers
The Indiana Hoosiers went 27-7 in 1992, but lost to Duke, the eventual NCAA Champion, 81-76. A little known fact is that Indiana was trailing Duke 79-67 with less than 30 seconds to go, when reserve guard Todd Leary (3.8 pts., 54.2% 3FG) was brought into the game and made three three-pointers in 27 seconds, cutting the Duke lead to 79-76. After the third three-pointer, Duke inbounded the ball with a long pass to Christian Laetner at mid-court. Indiana guard Jamal Meeks (3.6 pts., 4.2 ast.) grabbed Laetner's arm, took the ball away and sunk the half-court three-pointer to seemingly tie the game at the buzzer. However, Meeks was (correctly) called for a foul, the basket was waived off and Laetner made the free-throws to seal the Duke victory. The 1992 Hoosiers had five players score double figures: swingman Calbert Cheaney (17.6 pts., 4.9 reb.), who could score inside or outside, solid outside shooting guards Greg Graham (12.8 pts., 4.0 reb., 2.6 ast.) and Damon Bailey (12.4 pts., 3.6 reb., 3.1 ast.), and inside forward/centers Alan Henderson (11.6 pts., 7.2 reb.) and Eric Anderson (10.9 pts., 5.1 reb.).
1992 LSU Tigers
The 1992 LSU Tigers went 21-10, but lost to Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 89-79. The Tigers were led by 7'1' Shaquille O'Neal (24.1 pts., 14.0 reb.) and 6'7' Vernel Singleton (14.3 pts., 6.6 reb.).
1993 Michigan Wolverines
The "Fab Five" are considered by many to be the greatest single recruiting class in college basketball history. They all started as Freshmen in 1992 and made it to the NCAA championship game before losing to Duke. In 1993, the Fab Five went to the NCAA championship game again, but lost to North Carolina. The trash talking, chest thumping Fab Five changed basketball fashion with their baggy shorts, which are now worn by everyone. Years later, the NCAA Infractions Committee would discover that Michigan violated numerous NCAA rules to bring in the Fab Five. The Chairman of the Committee said Michigan engaged in "one of the most egregious violations of NCAA laws in the history of the organization." Chris Webber, who received $280,000 from alumni from 1988 to 1993, led the 31-5 Wolverines with 19.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The rest of the Fab Five were Jalen Rose (15.4 pts., 4.2 reb., 3.9 ast.), Juwan Howard (14.6 pts., 7.4 reb.), Jimmy King (10.8 pts., 4.4 reb., 3.1 ast.), and Ray Jackson (9 pts., 4.1 reb.).
1994 Arkansas Razorbacks
The 31-3 Razorbacks won with a relentless pressing defense that led to lots of fast-break points. The Razorbacks outscored their opponents by an average of 93.4 to 75.6. The Razorbacks were ld by Forwards Corliss Williamson (20.4 pts., 7.7 reb.) and Scotty Thurman (15.9 pts., 4.5 reb.), but their real strength was their deep bench. Seven players played 18 minutes or more per game and ten players played 10 minutes or more per game. Click here for a detailed article on the 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks.
1994 Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue went 29-5 and lost in the Regional Finals behind the awesome play of Glenn Robinson (30.3 pts., 10.1 reb.). Although he did most of his damage under the basket, Robinson could step out and hit the three-pointer, making him all but impossible to defend.
1995 UCLA Bruins
The 31-2 Bruins won the NCAA Championship thanks to Ed O'Bannon. O'Bannon could score inside and outside. He averaged 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Center George Zidek averaged 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and, like O'Bannon, was a first round NBA draft pick.
1995 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The 26-6 Demon Deacons were led by Randolph Childress (20.1 pts., 5.2 ast.) outside and Tim Duncan (16.8 pts., 12.5 reb.) inside.
1996 Kentucky Wildcats
The 34-2 Wildcats had nine players who eventually played in the NBA, including five first round draft picks. NBA stars Derek Andersen (9.4 pts., 3.4 reb., 2.4 ast.) and Ron Mercer (8 pts., 2.9 reb., 1.4 ast.) averaged less than 19 minutes each in 1996. The Wildcats were led by Shooting Guard Tony Delk (17.8 pts., 4.2 reb.) on the outside and Power Forward Antoine Walker (15.2 pts., 8.4 reb.) on the inside. They crushed their NCAA tournament opponents by an average of 21 points per game. Click here for a detailed article on the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats.
1996 Massachusetts Minutemen
The 35-2 Minutemen went to the Final Four in 1996. They were led by inside scorer and shot blocker Marcus Camby (20.5 pts., 8.2 reb., 2.9 blks.). Carmelo Travieso (12.6 pts., 3.2 reb.) complimented Camby by shooting 40.3 percent from three-point range.
1997 Arizona Wildcats
The 25-9 Arizona Wildcats beat three number one seeds en route to an NCAA Championship victory over the Kentucky Wildcats, 84-79 in overtime. The Wildcats had six players that averaged at least 24 minutes and 8 points per game: swingmen Michael Dickerson (18.9 pts., 4.5 reb.) and Miles Simon (18.4 pts., 4.1 reb., 4.2 ast.), guards Mike Bibby (13.5 pts., 5.2 ast.) and Jason Terry (10.6 pts., 4.4 ast.), and big men Bennett Davison (9.7 pts., 6.4 reb.) and A.J. Bramlett (8.1 pts., 6.9 reb.).
1997 Kansas Jayhawks
The 34-2 Jayhawks entered the NCAA Tournament ranked number one, but lost a heartbreaker to eventual champion Arizona 85-82 in the third round. Kansas had a balanced attack led by 6'11' power forward Raef Lafrentz (18.5 pts., 9.3 reb.) and 6'10' center Scott Pollard (10.3 pts., 8.3 reb.) inside, guards Gerod Haase (12 pts., 3.7 reb., 3.1 ast.) and Jacques Vaughn (10.2 pts., 6.2 ast.) outside, and swingman Paul Pierce (16.3 pts., 6.8 reb.) everywhere. Click here for a detailed article on the 1997 Kansas Jayhawks.
1997 Kentucky Wildcats
The 1997 Kentucky Wildcats went 35-5 and made it to the NCAA Championship game with a chance to repeat as NCAA Champions, but the Wildcats lost to Arizona, 84-79 in overtime. Kentucky was led by 6'7' sophomore swingman Ron Mercer (18.1 pts., 5.3 reb., 2.4 ast.). Before tearing his ACL halfway through the season, senior guard Derek Anderson was averaging 17.7 pts., 4.1 reb. and 3.5 ast.
1997 Minnesota Golden Gophers
The 1997 Minnesota Golden Gophers went 31-4, but lost to Kentucky in the Final Four. The Gophers were led by their three guards, Bobby Jackson (15.3 pts., 6.1 reb., 4 ast.), Sam Jacobsen (13.7 pts., 4.5 reb., 1.7 ast.) and Eric Harris (11 pts., 2.3 reb., 3.8 ast.). It later turned out that basketball office manager Jan Gangelhoff had written over 400 papers for at least 20 Gopher men's basketball players over a period of years, and coach Clem Haskins had paid her $3,000 for her services.
1997 North Carolina Tar Heels
The 1997 North Carolina Tar Heels went 28-7, but lost to eventual champion Arizona in the Final Four. The Tar Heels had inside power players, including 6'9' sophomore Antawn Jamison (19.1 pts., 9.4 reb.) and 7'3' center Serge Zwikker (11.5 pts., 8.1 reb.), outside shooter 6'3' junior Shammond Williams (14.1 pts., 3.3 reb., 4.4 ast.) and unstoppable slasher 6'7' sophomore Vince Carter (13 pts., 4.5 reb., 2.4 ast.).
1997 Utah Utes
The 29-4 Utes made it to the Final Four, but lost to Kentucky 72-59. Utah played outstanding defense, holding opponents to a 38.2 percent shooting percentage. The Utes were led by 6'10' power forward Keith Van Horn (22 pts., 9.5 reb.) and 6'11' center Michael Doleac (14.4 pts., 7.7 reb.).
1998 Arizona Wildcats
The 30-5 Wildcats started the season as defending NCAA Champions, but they lost to Utah in the Regional Finals 76-51. Arizona had a tremendous perimeter game led by guards Mike Bibby (17.2 pts., 5.7 ast.) and Miles Simon (17.2 pts., 4.7 ast.) , small forward Michael Dickerson (17.9 pts., 4.5 reb.) and reserve guard Jason Terry (10.6 pts., 4.3 ast.).
1998 Kentucky Wildcats
The 1998 Kentucky Wildcats went 35-4 and won their second NCAA Championship in three years. The Wildcats had a balanced attack let by guard Jeff Sheppard (13.7 pts., 4 reb., 2.7 ast.) from the outside, and 6'10' Nazr Mohammed (12 pts., 7.2 reb.) and 6'9' Scott Padgett (11.5 pts., 6.5 reb.) on the inside.
1998 North Carolina Tar Heels
The 34-4 Tar Heels went to the Final Four, but lost to Utah 65-59. The Tar Heels were led by power forward/center Antawn Jamison (22.2 pts., 10.5 reb.) inside, and guard Shammond Williams (16.8 pts., 4.2 ast.) and small forward Vince Carter (15.6 pts., 5.1 reb.) outside. Feeding them all the ball was outstanding point guard Ed Cota (8.1 pts., 7.4 ast.).
1998 Stanford Cardinal
The 1998 Stanford Cardinal went 30-5 and made it to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual champion Kentucky, 86-85 in overtime. Outside, the Cardinal were led by guards Arthur Lee (14.5 pts., 4.6 ast.) and Kris Weems (12.6 pts., 2.3 ast.). Inside, the Cardinal were led by 6'9' forward Mark Madsen (11.7 pts., 8.1 reb.) and 7'2' center Tim Young (11.3 pts., 8.1 reb.).
1998 Valparaiso Crusaders
The 1998 Valparaiso Crusaders went 23-10 and made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders were led by sharpshooter Bryce Drew (19.8 pts., 4.2 reb., 5.0 ast.) outside and Zoran Viskovic (13.6 pts., 6.1 reb.) inside.
1999 Auburn Tigers
The 1999 Auburn Tigers went 29-4, but lost to Ohio State in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers were led by 6'7' freshman forward Chris Porter (16 pts., 8.6 reb.) and 6'5 senior forward Bryant Smith (11 pts., 6.1 reb.) inside and guards Scott Pohlman (11.8 pts., 2.2 reb., 1.6 ast.) and Doc Robinson (11.5 pts., 2.6 reb., 5 ast.) outside.
1999 Connecticut Huskies
The 34-2 Huskies shocked an awesome Duke team 77-74 in the NCAA championship game, but it shouldn't have been too big of a surprise. The Huskies played excellent defense and were led by Forwards Richard Hamilton (21.5 pts., 4.8 reb.) and Kevin Freeman (12.2 pts., 7.3 reb.), and Point Guard Khalid El-Amin (13.8 pts., 2.8 reb., 3.9 ast.).
1999 Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils had won 32 in a row coming into the NCAA championship game. They ended up 37-2. The Blue Devils were led by National Player of the Year Elton Brand (17.7 pts., 9.8 reb.) and sharp shooting Guards Trajon Langdon (17.3 pts., 3.4 reb.) and Will Avery (14.9 pts., 3.5 reb., 5 ast.). In all, the Duke Blue Devils roster contained five first round NBA draft picks. They outscored their opponents 91.8 to 67.2 per game, and outshot them 51.4 percent to 39.1 percent. Favored by nearly ten points in the NCAA championship game, the Blue Devils lost a thriller to Connecticut 77-74. Click here for a detailed article on the 1999 Duke Blue Devils.
1999 St. Johns Red Storm
The 1999 St. Johns Red Storm went 28-9, but lost to Ohio State 77-74 in the Regional Finals in the NCAA Tournament. St. Johns was led by guard Marvis 'Bootsy' Thornton (14.9 pts., 4.5 reb., 1.8 ast.) and swingman Ron Artest (14.5 pts., 6.3 reb., 4.2 ast.), both of whom could score inside or outside. The Red Storm's other three starters, guard Erick Barkley (13.5 pts., 3.2 reb., 4.7 ast.), forward Lavor Postell (13.1 pts., 6.4 reb.) and center Tyrone Grant (10.5 pts., 8.6 reb.) all scored in double figures as well.