1966-67 UCLA Bruins Chosen as Greatest College Basketball Team of All Time

March 23, 2011

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Sporting News will be settling the score on The Great Sports Debates. This month's debate puts to rest the argument of the greatest college basketball teams of all time, asking an All-Star panel of former players, current and former coaches and basketball contributors to cast their votes.

The 1966-67 UCLA Bruins came out on top. Starting the program's run of seven consecutive NCAA titles, coach John Wooden's 30-0 team averaged 90.2 points per game, won all four NCAA Tournament games by at least 15 points and introduced the world to sophomore Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, national player of the year and one of the most dominant forces in the game of basketball.

Abdul-Jabbar said about that remarkable team, "On the court, I believe we had the size and the balance to make us competitive with any college team that came before or after us. As a matter of fact, the only team I can think of outside of the great UCLA years that might have been at our level is Bill Russell's University of San Francisco team that won 60 games in a row (from 1954 to '56)--that was a dominant, great team. I learned how to play the game by watching him play. If you could've put our teams in the same era, it would've been quite a tough match for both of us."

The 1972-73 Bruins, whose 30-0 championship season laid the foundation for their men's record 88-game winning streak, are No. 2. The last NCAA champion to complete an undefeated season, the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers, are No. 3. The 1981-82 North Carolina Tar Heels, whose starters James Worthy and Michael Jordan went on to become two of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, come in at No. 4. Rounding out the top five are the 1954-55 San Francisco Dons. Led by center Bill Russell, the 28-1 NCAA champions began a 60-game winning streak that stood as a record until UCLA won 88 straight. The 1991-92 UNLV Rebels, 1973-74 N.C. State Wolfpack, 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils, 1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas and 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats make the list at six through 10, respectively.

The March 28 issue of Sporting News Magazine featuring Tim Lincecum on the cover is on newsstands later this week and also includes a preview of all 30 MLB teams and the Sporting News college basketball awards. For more information on the Sporting News 125th anniversary please visit: http://aol.sportingnews.com/125.

Greatest College Basketball Teams of All Time
1: 1966-67 UCLA Bruins
2: 1972-73 UCLA Bruins

3: 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers
4: 1981-82 North Carolina Tar Heels
5: 1954-55 San Francisco Dons
6: 1990-91 UNLV Rebels
7: 1973-74 N.C. State Wolfpack
8: 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils
9: 1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas
10: 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats

Beginning Monday (March 29), fans will have the opportunity to vote on the teams they think are the greatest of all time by visiting http://aol.sportingnews.com/125/story/2011-03-23/great-debates-whos-the-greatest-college-basketball-team-of-all-time.

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
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Lahaina, HI
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Los Angeles, CA
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Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA