NCAA Champs

1969-1978: The Waltons

Most dominant NCAA Tournament champions (1969-1978)

 

The NCAA Tournament began in 1939. In this series of posts, we look at the most dominant championship teams by decade throughout the tournament’s history. In this fourth installment looking at the most dominant championship teams, we focus on the years from the champions from 1969 to 1978.

Our methodology uses the standard deviation of the point differential of each champion’s NCAA tournament games measured against the average for all teams in that year’s tournament. This will produce a champion’s Z Score.* Note that it is mathematically possible for the champion to not have the best Z Score of teams playing in the tournament. Our rating considers only tournament champions.

The tournament’s fourth decade concludes the UCLA Bruins’ run of 10 championships in 12 seasons. It includes the final year of Lew Alcindor’s prominence (1969), as well as the three Bill Walton-led champions, 1971-72, 73. It also includes the last team to win the championship undefeated, the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.

Here are the ratings for the champions, in order of strength, for the period 1969-1978:

Rank  Team, Year              Z Score

1     UCLA, 1973              1.88

2     UCLA, 1972              1.71

3     UCLA, 1969              1.70

4     UCLA, 1970              1.64

5     Indiana, 1976           1.55

6     N. Carolina St., 1974   1.27

7     Kentucky, 1978          1.01

8     UCLA, 1975              0.78

9     UCLA, 1971              0.76

10    Marquette, 1977         0.53

*You can find the definition of a Z Score elsewhere on this website.

 

 

1959-1968: The Alcindor Bruins

Most dominant NCAA Tournament champions (1959-1968)

 

The NCAA Tournament began in 1939. In this series of posts, we look at the most dominant championship teams by decade throughout the tournament’s history. In this third installment looking at the most dominant championship teams, we focus on the years from the champions from 1959 to 1968.

Our methodology uses the standard deviation of the point differential of each champion’s NCAA tournament games measured against the average for all teams in that year’s tournament. This will produce a champion’s Z Score.* Note that it is mathematically possible for the champion to not have the best Z Score of teams playing in the tournament. Our rating considers only tournament champions.

The tournament’s third decade is the period in which it is lifted to national prominence. In the early 1960s, the Cincinnati Bearcats won consecutive championships. UCLA began its remarkable run of 10 championships across 12 seasons in 1964, with Lew Alcindor leading his first two of three championship teams in 1967 and 1968.

Here are the ratings for the champions, in order of strength, for the period 1959-1968:

Rank  Team, Year              Z Score

1     UCLA, 1967              2.68

  1. Cincinnati, 1962 1.86

2     UCLA, 1968              1.70

3     Loyola Chicago, 1963    1.47

5     California, 1959        1.45

6     Cincinnati, 1961        1.35

7     UCLA, 1965              1.06

8     Ohio State, 1960        0.98

9     UTEP, 1966              0.65

10    UCLA, 1964              0.59

*You can find the definition of a Z Score elsewhere on this website.

 

 

 

1949-1958: The dominant Cats and Dons

Most dominant NCAA Tournament champions (1949-1958)

 

The NCAA Tournament began in 1939. In this series of posts, we look at the most dominant championship teams by decade throughout the tournament’s history. In this second installment looking at the most dominant championship teams, we focus on the years from the champions from 1949 to 1958.

Our methodology uses the standard deviation of the point differential of each champion’s NCAA tournament games measured against the average for all teams in that year’s tournament. This will produce a champion’s Z Score.* Note that it is mathematically possible for the champion to not have the best Z Score of teams playing in the tournament. Our rating considers only tournament champions.

The tournament’s second decade features some of the most heralded teams and players in history, among them the Bill Russell-K.C. Jones led San Francisco Dons, who won consecutive titles in 1955 and 1956. Also prominent on the list are the 1954 LaSalle national champions led by Tom Gola and Kentucky’s Wildcats, who won three championships during this period.

Here are the ratings for the champions, in order of strength, for the period 1949-1958:

Rank  Team, Year              Z Score

1     Kentucky, 1949          2.09

2     San Francisco, 1956     1.90

3     Kansas, 1952            1.68

4     LaSalle, 1954           1.46

5     Kentucky, 1958          1.28

6     Kentucky, 1951          1.09

7     North Carolina, 1957    0.95

8     San Francisco, 1955     0.92

9     Indiana, 1953           0.73

10    CCNY                    0.43

*You can find the definition of a Z Score elsewhere on this website.

 

 

Aggies, Ducks tie as most dominant NCAA championship teams of tourney’s first decade

Most dominant NCAA Tournament champions (1939-1948)

 

The NCAA Tournament began in 1939. In this first of a series of posts, we look at the most dominant championship teams by decade throughout the tournament’s history. We begin with the champions between 1939 and 1948.

Our methodology uses the standard deviation of the point differential of each champion’s NCAA tournament games measured against the average for all teams in that year’s tournament. This will produce a champion’s Z Score.* Note that it is mathematically possible for the champion to not have the best Z Score of teams playing in the tournament. Our rating considers only tournament champions. Here are the ratings for the champions, in order of strength, from the beginning of the tournament through 1948:

Rank  Team, Year              Z Score

1 (tie)Oklahoma State, 1945   1.71

1 (tie)Oregon, 1939           1.71

3     Indiana, 1940           1.51

4     Holy Cross, 1947        1.49

5     Kentucky, 1948          1.34

6     Oklahoma State, 1946    1.29

7     Wyoming, 1943           1.13

8     Wisconsin, 1941         1.01

9     Utah, 1944              0.63

10    Stanford, 1942          0.18

*You can find the definition of a Z Score elsewhere on this website.

 

 

 

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