The Kentucky Wildcats are trying to be the first college basketball team to ever win a national championship while finishing the season 40-0, a mark that would put them among the best teams in college basketball history. However, they're hardly the first great team we've seen since the turn of the century. Here are the three best national championship teams since 2000:
Speaking of a team full of pros, this Kentucky team set the record for most players drafted in a single year (six) and had the No. 1 (Anthony Davis) and No. 2 (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) overall picks. They only lost twice all season and played 23 games ranked No. 1 in the country, a high number for a team stockpiled with freshmen.
Duke had five future NBA players in their starting lineup (Jay Williams, Chris Duhon, Mike Dunleavy, Shane Battier, and Carlos Boozer) and finished with a dominant 35-4 record. All four losses came against teams ranked in the top 16 in the country, and they cruised through the NCAA Tournament before trouncing the Arizona Wildcats in the national championship game.
Florida is one of just one of two teams that won back-to-back national championships since UCLA's dynasty in the 1960's and 1970's, and that cements them as the top team of the century so far. They had a few pros on their team (Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Marreese Speights), but their defense and team play is what set them apart from everyone else.
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