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2000 Cincinnati Bearcats
The 2000 Cincinnati Bearcats went 29-4, but lost to Tulsa 69-61 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Bearcats were led by the inside game of Kenyon Martin (18.9 pts., 9.6 reb.) and Pete Mickeal (13.5 pts., 6.4 reb.) and the outside shooting of swingman Dermarr Johnson (12.6 pts., 3.9 reb.) and guard Steve Logan (9.8 pts., 3.5 ast.).
2000 Michigan State Spartans
The 32-7 NCAA Champion Spartans were led by Forward Morris Peterson (16.8 pts., 6 reb.) and Point Guard Mateen Cleaves (12.1 pts., 6.9 ast.). Cleaves was injured during the first 13 games of the season. As a result, the Spartans started out 9-4. When Cleaves joined the lineup, the Spartans went 23-3 and defeated every opponent in the NCAA tournament by double digits. Click here to read a detailed article on the 2000 Spartans.
2000 Wisconsin Badgers
The 2000 Wisconsin Badgers went 22-14, but made a shocking run in the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Michigan State in the Final Four. The Badgers ran a slow offense, rarely turned over the ball and played great defense. The Badgers beat their opponents by an average score of 59.9 to 55.8. The only Badger who scored in double figures was forward Mark Vershaw (11.7 pts., 4.3 reb., 3.3 ast.). Guard Jon Bryant (8.2 pts., 2.4 reb., 1.3 ast.) and reserve guard Duany Duany (5.2 pts., 1.7 reb., 0.4 ast.) provided an outside shooting threat.
2001 Arizona Wildcats
The 28-8 Arizona Wildcats lost the NCAA Championship game to Duke, 82-72. All five Wildcats starters averaged double figures in scoring: guards Jason Gardner (10.9 pts., 4.1 ast.) and Gilbert Arenas (16.2 pts., 3.6 reb., 2.3 ast.), forwards Michael Wright (15.6 pts., 7.8 reb.) and Richard Jefferson (13.2 pts., 5.4 reb.) and center Loren Woods (11.3 pts., 6.5 reb., 2.9 blk.).
2001 Duke Blue Devils
The 35-4 NCAA Champion Blue Devils dominated their opponents by an average score of 90.7 to 70.5. The Blue Devils were led by All American Jason Williams (21.6 pts., 6.1 ast.) on the outside and All American Shane Battier (19.9 pts., 7.3 reb.) on the inside.
2001 Stanford Cardinal
The 31-3 Stanford Cardinal entered the NCAA Tournament ranked number one, but lost to Maryland in the Regional Finals, 87-73. Stanford was led by the terrific outside shooting of Casey Jacobsen (18.1 pts., 4 reb., 47.2% 3ptr.) and Michael McDonald (8.0 pts., 4.9 ast., 51.4% 3ptr.) and the inside game of Jason Collins (14.5 pts., 7.8 reb.) and Jarron Collins (12.8 pts., 6.7 reb.).
2002 Indiana Hoosiers
The 2002 Indiana Hoosiers went 25-12, but made a surprising run in the NCAA Tournament, not losing until the NCAA Championship game against Maryland. The Hoosiers were led by forward Jared Jeffries (15 pts., 7.6 reb., 2.1 ast.), who could score inside or outside, and guards Tom Coverdale (11.9 pts., 3.2 reb., 4.8 ast.), Dane Fife (8.7 pts., 2.6 reb., 2.5 ast.) and Kyle Hornsby (7.7 pts., 2.6 reb., 1.9 ast.), all of whom were three-point threats.
2002 Kansas Jayhawks
The 2002 Kansas Jayhawks went 33-4, but lost to eventual champion Maryland 97-88 in the Final Four. The Jayhawks were powered by the inside game of Drew Gooden (19.8 pts., 11.4 reb.) and Nick Collison (15.6 pts., 8.3 reb.). Gooden and Collison were supported by the excellent outside shooting of Kirk Hinrich (14.8 pts., 4.8 reb., 5 ast., 48% 3FG) and Jeff Boschee (13.4 pts., 46% 3FG).
2002 Maryland Terrapins
The 2002 NCAA Champion Maryland Terrapins went 32-4. The Terrapins were led by the outside shooting of Juan Dixon (20.4 pts., 4.6 reb., 2.9 ast.) and the inside play of Lonny Baxter (15.2 pts., 8.2 reb.) and Chris Wilcox (12.0 pts., 7.1 reb.).
2003 Marquette Golden Eagles
The 2003 Marquette Golden Eagles went 27-6, but got blown out by Kansas, 94-61 in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Marquette was led by slashing guard Dwayne Wade (21.5 pts., 6.3 reb., 4.4 ast.), forward Robert Jackson inside (15.4 pts., 7.5 reb.) and guard Travis Diener (11.8 pts., 3.2 reb., 5.6 ast.) outside.
2003 Syracuse Orangemen
The 2003 NCAA Champion Syracuse Orangemen were led by super freshman forward Carmelo Anthony (22.2 pts., 10 reb.), who could do it all, scoring inside and outside, pulling down rebounds and, in the NCAA Championship game, dishing out 7 assists. Anthony was supported inside by Hakim Warrick (14.8 pts., 8.5 reb.) and outside by Gerry McNamara (13.3 pts., 4.4 ast.).
2003 Texas Longhorns
The 2003 Texas Longhorns went 26-7, but lost to eventual champion Syracuse 95-84 in the Final Four. The Longhorns were led by the driving and dishing of point guard T.J. Ford (15 pts., 7.7 ast.), the outside shooting of Brandon Mouton (14.8 pts., 4.2 reb.) and the inside game of James Thomas (11.1 pts., 11 reb.).
2004 Connecticut Huskies
The 2004 NCAA Champion Connecticut Huskies went 33-6. The Huskies were led by sweet shooting guard Ben Gordon (18.1 pts., 4.8 reb., 4.8 ast.) and center Emeka Okafor (18.5 pts., 11.6 reb.).
2004 St. Joseph's Hawks
The 2004 St. Joseph's Hawks went 27-0 in the regular season. The Hawks lost to Oklahoma State in the Elite Eight, 64-62. The Hawks were led by their guards: National Player of the Year Jameer Nelson (20.6 pts., 4.7 reb., 5.3 ast.) and Delonte West (18.9 pts., 5.4 reb., 4.7 ast.).
2005 Illinois Illini
The 2005 Illinois Illini went 37-2, but lost the NCAA Championship game to North Carolina, 75-70. The Illini were led by guards Luther Head (15.7 pts., 3.9 reb., 3.8 ast.), Dee Brown (13.5 pts., 4.5 ast.), and Deron Williams (12.6 pts., 6.7 ast.).
2005 North Carolina Tar Heels
The 2005 NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels went 33-4. The Tar Heels were led by inside force Sean May (17.1 pts., 0.9 reb.). Freeing up lots of outside shots for guards Rashad McCants (16 pts., 2.7 ast.) and Raymond Felton (12.7 pts., 4.2 reb., 6.9 ast.).
2006 UCLA Bruins
The 2006 UCLA Bruins were the first of three consecutive UCLA Final Four teams. In 2006, the Bruins went 32-7, but lost in the NCAA Championship game to Florida, 73-57. The Bruins were led by guards Arron Afflalo (15.8 pts., 4.2 reb.) and Jordan Farmar (13.5 pts., 5.1 ast.). Inside, the Bruins' top player was Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (9.1 pts., 8.2 reb.).
2007 Florida Gators
The 2007 Florida Gators went 35-5 and won a second consecutive NCAA Championship with the same starting five that won in 2006. All three of the Gators big men were top 10 NBA draft picks: Al Horford (13.2 pts., 9.2 reb.), Corey Brewer (13.1 pts., 4.7 reb., 3.1 ast.) and Joakim Noah (12.2 pts., 8.5 reb.).
2008 Kansas Jayhawks
The 2008 NCAA Champion Kansas Jayhawks went 37-3. Trailing by nine points with two minutes left in the NCAA Championship game, the Jayhawks came back, took the game to overtime and won. The Jayhawks were led by forward Brandon Rush (13.3 pts., 5.1 reb., 41.9 3pt%) and guard Mario Chalmers (12.8 pts., 4.3 ast., 46.8 3pt%). Darrell Arthur (12.8 pts., 6.3 reb.) and Darnell Jackson (11.2 pts., 6.7 reb.) provided inside rebounding and scoring help.
2008 Memphis Tigers
The 2008 Memphis Tigers went 38-2, but lost the NCAA Championship to Kansas in overtime, 75-68. The Tigers were led by shooting guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (18.1 pts., 4.1 reb., 41.3 3pt%.) and point guard Derrick Rose (14.9 pts., 4.5 reb., 4.7 ast.). Inside, the Tigers were led by Joey Dorsey (6.9 pts., 9.5 reb.) and Robert Dozier (9.2 pts., 6.8 reb.).
2008 UCLA Bruins
The 2008 UCLA Bruins went 35-4 and made it to the Final Four for the third consecutive year. The Bruins lost to Memphis in the Final Four 78-63. The Bruins were led by center Kevin Love (17.5 pts., 10.6 reb.), supported by guards Darren Collison (14.5 pts., 3.8 ast., 52.5% 3FG) and Russell Westbrook (12.7 pts., 4.3 ast.).
2009 North Carolina Tar Heels
The 29-4 Tar Heels won the NCAA Championship. North Carolina was loaded with talent at every position. Point guard Ty Lawson (16.6 pts., 6.6 ast., 47.2% 3pt), shooting guard Wayne Ellington (15.8 pts., 4.9 reb., 41.7% 3pt), small forward Danny Green ( 13.1 pts., 4.7 reb., 41.8% 3pt), power forward Deon Thompson (10.6 pts., 5.7 reb.) and center Tyler Hansbrough (20.7 pts., 8.1 reb.) were all outstanding. Reserve 6'10' forward Ed Davis (6.7 pts., 6.6 reb.) would have been a starter on any other team in the country.