1. 1971-72 UCLA Bruins
Back in the day, the UCLA Bruins were the best program in college basketball. Constantly going deep into the NCAA Tournament with one of the best coaches in the history of the game, John Wooden. This 1971-72 team was special, they ranked 5th in scoring and 8th in points allowed per game. This led them to a 30-0 record where they won the NCAA title. At UCLA Bill Walton was a force and there was nobody that could stop him. He averaged 21.1 PPG and 15.5 RPG and alongside Henry Bibby, 15.7 PPG 3.5 RPG, they were unstoppable. This Bruins team was one of the best and we will likely never see a team as good as them in the future.
2. 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers
The 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers were the last team to go undefeated and win the national championship. It is an enormous accomplishment and given what we see in this era, we will likely never see it again. This Hoosiers team was led by hall of fame coach Bob Knight and were able to dethrone the UCLA Bruins, who ran everybody out of the gym in previous college basketball seasons. They defeated UCLA in the national semi-final and then went on to win by 18 vs Michigan to secure the national title. The Hoosiers had 6 NBA players on their roster most notably Scott May who averaged 23.5 PPG and 7.7 RPG in this season.
3. 1967-68 UCLA Bruins
Another John Wooden era UCLA team to make our list is the 1967-68 squad that won the school’s 4th NCAA title under the legendary coach. The team was led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who went on to become an NBA legend and was one of the best college basketball players we have ever seen. UCLA didn’t have much of a problem this season only losing 1 game and destroying Houston in the Final Four, 101-69. The only reason they aren’t at the top of our list is that they lost 1 game and the two teams above are of the undefeated variety. There is no question many of John Wooden’s UCLA teams could make it on our list.
4. 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils
Another blue blood college basketball program is the Duke Blue Devils. Their entry onto our list is their squad from 1991-92 which was coached by legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. He had a great squad to work with that included 6 NBA future NBA players Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Brian Davis, Antonio Lang, and Cherokee Parks. However, Laettner was the clear leader averaging 21.5 PPG and 7.9 RPG and we all know about what he brought in terms of energy and toughness. This Duke team went on to go 34-2 and won the national championship in impressive fashion 71-51 over #6 Michigan.
5. 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky is known for churning out NBA level talent and that was no different in the 1995-96 season. Their roster, led by head coach Rick Pitino, had 9 future NBA players. These names include Tony Delk, Antoine Walker, Walter McCarty, Derek Anderson, Ron Mercer, Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, and Nazr Mohammed. These guys were known as “The Untouchables” and finished their season going 34-2 and went undefeated in conference play. They were one of the best scoring teams in the country, 2nd ranked with 91.4 PPG, and all of this while having a top 15 hardest schedule in the country. When you have this sort of NBA talent it’s hard to lose games in college.
6. 1956-57 North Carolina Tar Heels
The first North Carolina entry on our list is their 1956-57 team that went undefeated, 32-0, and edged out the Kansas Jayhawks 54-53 in the national championship. They didn’t have the most NBA level talent but they had some guys that could flat out play. Their leading scorer was Lennie Rosenbluth, who was a senior at the time, and he averaged 28 PPG and 8.8 RPG in this season. He was joined by 3 other players that scored in double digits for this team. Frank McGuire had his team playing amazing and that is why they find themselves as one of the best teams in the history of the game.
7. 1981-82 North Carolina Tar Heels
Our 2nd North Carolina Tar Heels team on our list is the 1981-82 team that featured arguably the best basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Jordan was only a freshman at the time but he was the 2nd leading scorer, 13.5 PPG, and he played alongside James Worthy who was great for UNC averaging 15.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG. Not only did they have 3 pretty high-level NBA talents, but they were also coached by Dean Smith, Smith is a hall of fame level coach that will go down as one of the best of all-time. UNC had some very close games in the NCAA Tournament but they ended up beating #1 Georgetown in the national championship 63-62 to bring their record for the season to 32-2.
8. 1989-90 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels
UNLV is the first program on our list that wouldn’t be considered a “blue blood” program. However, around this time period, they were one of the best teams to play for. Jerry Tarkanian was able to bring in loads of talent and even talent that went on to play numerous years at the next level. This 1989-90 team featured 3 future NBA players Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, and Greg Anthony. Larry Johnson was the clear star of the team with his average of 20.6 PPG and 11.4 RPG. It was a great sight for many when the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels took down the mighty Duke Blue Devils 103-73 to win the national championship.
9. 1965-66 Texas Western Miners
The story of Texas Western is one of the bests that you will see in sports. They went 28-1 and won the national championship. They were the first team to win the national championship with an all-black starting lineup. In a time where this was so uncommon, it was amazing to see as they took on an all-white starting lineup in the national championship game vs Kentucky. Bobby Joe Hill, Dave Lattin, along with coach Don Haskins will always be remembered in the history of sports for what they did and overcame in the 1965-66 season.
10. 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats
The most recent team to make our list is the 2011-2012 Kentucky Wildcats. This was one of their most loaded teams ever and it included 7 players who went on to play in the NBA. They were led by future NBA star Anthony Davis (14.2 PPG 10.4 RPG) and his supporting cast of Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrest, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, and Darius Miller were tough to beat. They ran the table in the SEC and went on to have a 38-2 record. John Calipari’s team was top 25 in both scoring offense and defense and posted a top 5 offensive rating. Whenever you have a player the caliber of Anthony Davis you will be successful and pair him with 6 other future NBA players, they will be really tough to stop.