This one was harder to narrow down the teams than the NCAAF thread. You could really make a case for any NCAA Tournament champion since it's so hard to win a 64/65 team, 6 round single elimination tournament. And there are great teams who didn't even win the tournament. But in the end I've narrowed it down to four teams who I feel stood out above the rest. 2000-01 Duke Blue Devils (35-4) I always hated Duke, but I found this team hard to cheer against because of how exciting they were to watch. They had an explosive offense, great 3 point shooting, and one of the best defensive players in recent memory in Shane Battier. Their only weakness was depth. They won their six NCAA Tournament games by an average score of 87-70. Starting Lineup Jason Williams Nate James Mike Dunleavy Shane Battier Carlos Boozer Key Bench Players: Chris Duhon 2004-05 North Carolina Tar Heels (33-4) When most people think of UNC over the last decade they remember the 08-09 team with Hansbrough, Lawson, and Ellington, but this team may have been just as talented and much deeper. There were 9 or 10 players who saw significant playing time, which is unheard of these days. They beat a great Illinois team (Derron Williams, Dee Brown) in the final who would have been on this list had the game gone the other way. Starting Lineup Raymond Felton Rashad McCants Jackie Manuel Jawad Williams Sean May Key Bench Players: Marvin Williams, David Noel, Melvin Scott 2006-07 Florida Gators (35-5) The Gators returned all five starters from the championship team the previous year, and were the first team to repeat since Duke back in '91-92. They had dominance inside with Noah and Horford, an experience point guard in Green, Brewer was a dynamic player who could shoot from outside as well as get to the basket, and Humphrey knocked down 3 point shot after 3 point shot. Like '01 Duke they didn't have any depth, but it didn't seem to slow them down. They breezed through the NCAA Tournament without much of a challenge. Starting Lineup Taurean Green Lee Humphrey Corey Brewer Al Horford Joakim Noah Key Bench Players: Chris Richard 2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels (34-4) Loaded with talent, plus had good depth. They had dominant size, speed, athleticism, good shooters, plus one of the greatest college basketball players of all time in Tyler Hansbrough. They won their NCAA Tournament games by an average of 20 points, and their closest game was 12 points. Plus they did all of that without Ginyard, who missed the tournament with an injury. Starting Lineup Ty Lawson Danny Green Wayne Ellington Deon Thompson Tyler Hansbrough Key Bench Players: Bobby Frasor, Ed Davis, Marcus Ginyard Honorable Mention: 1999-00 Michigan State Spartans: Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson, Jason Richardson. Tom Izzo is one of the finest college coaches of all time and is known for having competitive tournament teams. This was his best. 2001-02 Maryland Terrapins: Steve Blake, Juan Dixon, Lonnie Baxter, Chris Wilcox. Had a dominant run through the tournament. They were close to knocking off the great '01 Duke team in the Final Four the year before as well. 2003-04 Connecticut Huskies: Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor, Rashad Anderson, Charlie Villanueva, Josh Boone. I was really close to including them as a fifth team on the poll, however they did not win the Big East regular season title and were only a 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I do think they could compete with any of the teams on the poll though. 2004-05 Illinois Fighting Illini: Dee Brown, Derron Williams, James Augustine, Luther Head, Roger Powell. Like I said above, if they had won the title game against UNC they would have easily been on the poll. They started the year 29-0 before losing their final regular season game to Ohio State at the buzzer. 2007-08 Kansas Jayhawks: Sherron Collins, Darnell Jackson, Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Russell Robinson, Sasha Kaun. This team only lost three games all season. They knocked off Hansbrough's UNC in dominant fashion in the Final Four, and beat Derrick Rose's Memphis team in overtime in the final. A good case could be made for this team.