March means college basketball, and I’ve watched a lot of basketball over the years. Since my earliest memories only go back to about 1980, here are the best college teams I remember watching (the year is the “spring date” of the season):
1) 1992 Duke Blue Devils: Christian Laetner, Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, Bobby Hurley – this team was a TEAM. They defended their ’91 title when the whole world wanted to beat them.
2) 1996 Kentucky Wildcats: Rick Patino never gathered a more talented and disciplined group.
3) 1984 Georgetown Hoyas: Patrick Ewing led team was dominating in every way.
4) 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels: It was hard to see Dallas native Larry Johnson play outside of Texas, but the pure talent on this team may be unmatched by any other team.
5) 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels: In the era of “one and done,” Roy Williams assembled a team that never was really challenged in the NCAA tournament.
6) 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks: A solid team led by Corliss Williamson, and cheered on by President Clinton. This was a fun era for the state of Arkansas.
7) 2007 Florida Gators: The most under-appreciated back-t0-back champions in NCAA history.
8) 1993 North Carolina Tar Heels: This incredibly talented team helped Dean Smith seal a legendary career, and quiet Michigan’s “Fab Five.”
9) 1983 Houston Cougars: The only team on my list that didn’t win it all. Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler led a team that should have never lost to NC State. However, the dominance of the Cougars made the NC States upset win more meaningful.
10) 2008 Kansas Jayhawks: This team could run, as they upheld the KU tradition of winning with Coach Bill Self’s first championships.