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15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.
15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

This college basketball season has been characterized by one thing – parity – and it’s a label that has carried over into the NCAA Tournament. But that’s not always the case as there often has been a team that has clearly separated itself from the rest of the pack. However, that regular season or even early Tournament domination hasn’t always been punctuated with a national championship.

 

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.
These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.

The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.

 

The College Basketball Weekly 10: Coach K gets 1,000, Tyler Ulis Carries Kentucky

Frank Kaminsky, D'Angelo Russell make case for postseason awards
The College Basketball Weekly 10: Coach K gets 1,000, Tyler Ulis Carries Kentucky

In case you missed it, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a bit of news in college basketball this weekend.

 

Coach K’s 1,000th win was the headline of the college basketball week, but what might have been missed was Duke’s role in another trend.

 

The Blue Devils were one of four ranked teams to overcome a 10-point deficit on the road. Virginia did it against Virginia Tech. So did Northern Iowa did it against Illinois State.

 

College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten Coaches for 2014-15

Tom Izzo is No. 1 coach, others are gaining
College Basketball: Ranking the Big Ten Coaches for 2014-15

The Big Ten has taken its lumps during football season, but all that changes on the hardwood.

 

Much of that is due to the coaches on the bench, a deep group of some of the nation’s best coaches that’s only getting better.

 

Tom Izzo, John Beilein, Bo Ryan and Thad Matta make up a solid top four of coaches who have made a combined 10 Final Fours at their current stops, and Beilein and Ryan are leading their programs to new (or rather, renewed) heights.

 

2014-15 College Basketball: The Big Ten's Top Transfers and Freshmen

Our look at the top newcomers around college basketball starts with the Big Ten
2014-15 College Basketball: The Big Ten's Top Transfers and Freshmen

The top programs in the Big Ten, for the most part, take a more traditional route for building rosters. Sign high school players and develop them into veterans.

Sure, there are outliers. Ohio State pulls five-star recruits as well as any program in the country. Illinois under John Groce has been active in the transfer market.

Even though the standard practice in the Big Ten tends to follow Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan, plenty of new arrivals should make an impact in the league.

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.
These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament.

The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.

12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament

These teams are not bringing their best into the Tourney. How much will it hurt them?
12 Teams Begging to be Upset in the NCAA Tournament
Plenty of cases can be made for the anatomy of an upset and all the great things about potential Cinderellas.

At the same time, maybe not enough of the focus goes to the other half of the upset, the losing team heading back from the NCAA Tournament with its championship dreams shattered.

Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

Michigan State's duo claims the top spot
Ranking the Nation's College Coaching Tandems

Football is king in the SEC, but outside of pockets in Lexington and Gainesville, basketball never feels like a pressing issue.

The Big Ten, on the other hand, is where a balance between football and basketball success is trending upward. The league doesn’t have the names of the new ACC — Krzyzewski, Boeheim, Williams and soon Pitino — but Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan, John Beilein and Thad Matta stack up with any roster of basketball coaches in the country.

Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big Ten

Michigan State edges Ohio State in balanced crop of coaches
Ranking the Best Coaching Tandems in the Big Ten in 2014

The SEC has football dominance. The ACC has the defending football national champion and three Basketball Hall of Fame coaches. The American has the defending basketball national champion.

However, one of the strongest leagues in terms of football and basketball coaching tandems is the Big Ten.

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