NCAA.com just released their list of the top ten NCAA Men’s Basketball teams that did not win the national championship. The list goes back to the year 2000, and includes many great teams including Kentucky’s 2014-2015 team that finished with a 38-1 record. However, the 2009-2010 (Coach Calipari’s first Kentucky team) Wildcats squad featuring John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins is nowhere to be found.
Considering the fact that Cal’s inaugural squad finished with a 35-3 record, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and tied the record with 5 players taken in the first round of the NBA draft (Wall, Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe, and Daniel Orton), you would think they would get a little love. Right? Instead, they chose the Kansas team from that year that lost to Northern Iowa in the second round and only saw 2 players drafted.
The teams were not ranked, but listed in reverse chronological order.
2010-11 Ohio State
2006-07 Ohio State
On the surface, it is obvious that there is some recency bias in this list. For example, almost half of the teams come from the last two years. But wait...I thought college basketball teams were better before one-and-done players became the norm?
This next take may not be popular with Big Blue Nation. But how is there not a single North Carolina team on this list? Only one Duke squad? Really? What about the 2007-2008 UCLA Bruins with Luc Mbah a Moute, Darren Collison, Kevin Love, and Russell Westbrook? Ever heard of any of those guys?
Don’t get me wrong, most of the teams on the list were strong. But it seems like the guys putting this list together did not start watching basketball until 2012, and they asked a Big 10 representative to fill the other spots. (Seriously, two Ohio State teams?)
Am I wrong here? Should any other Kentucky Wildcats teams have made the cut?