NCAAB Team of the Decade

Discussion in 'College Sports' started by Major, Feb 10, 2010.


best team of the decade?

  1. 2000-01 Duke Blue Devils

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  2. 2004-05 UNC Tar Heels

  3. 2006-07 Florida Gators

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  4. 2008-09 UNC Tar Heels

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  5. Other (please specify)

  1. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad V.I.P.

    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.

  2. StringerBell

    StringerBell Registered Member

    Why did you leave out the 2002-2003 Syracuse squad? Carmelo, Hakim Warrick, Gerry McNamera. That was a pretty sick squad. But...out of your list I gotta go with the Blue Devils.
  3. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad V.I.P.

    They were a good team, but you have to look at the whole body of work. They didn't win their conference outright. They didn't win their conference tournament. And they were a 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. They got hot when it mattered and upset Kansas in the final, who I think was the better team that year.
  4. SqueakScolari

    SqueakScolari Registered Member

    Tough call but I have to go with that Illinois team. I know they didn't finish the way the should have and that has a huge factor in things but that was the most talented CB team I saw all decade. I think if they played UNC in a series that year for the final, they would have come out on top (ya, bad theory I guess). I just really enjoyed watching that team and I think they were the best.

    The 2000-01 Dukies were pretty good too. Probably #2 on my list.
  5. StroShow

    StroShow The return shall be legenday! V.I.P. Lifetime

    I have to go with UNC. The Carolina tradition of this decade was firmly established and fine-tuned last season while winning their second national championship of the decade, The amazing thing about it was it wasn't won with the same group of players from the first title run, but with a tottaly different ball club, making it perhaps the greatest accomplishment I've probably seen in college basketball over these past 10 years IMO.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
  6. SuiGeneris

    SuiGeneris blue 3

    Out of the four you listed I'd have to go with the '04-'05 tarheels. Although, I do think the Jayhawks shouldn't be an honorable mention. They were one of the most disciplined and well coached teams to play in the NCAA in a long team, and the depth was disgusting. It was often said that when you played Kansas you played two #1 teams, because their bench was good enough to knock off anyone.

    Not to mention they pretty much destroyed the TarHeels (who had almost everyone playing who was on your '08-'09 team) in the Final Four, and beat Memphis who arguably was one of the strongest offenses I've seen in a while. I do think Memphis deserves a mention, even with the scandal surrounding the team, the players themselves were awesome.

    That being said, I think you have a very comprhensive list, I like it, I just think the '07-'08 Jayhawks deserve alittle more love. Atleast over the '08-'09 Tarheels! :p (Screw Roy Williams...haha)
  7. Major

    Major 4 legs good 2 legs bad V.I.P.

    You're supposed to be picking which team had the best year, not which team had the best decade. Which UNC team do you think was the best?

    By all means vote for '08 Kansas. That's why there is an "other" on the poll. ;) I agree they were a sick team. Like I said, it was really hard to narrow it down. There's not a lot separating the top 4 (in my mind) from the honorable mentions. You could easily make a case for any of them, plus some others that I didn't even mention. I don't want to discourage anyone from voting for the team THEY think was the best. Everything I wrote was just my opinion.
    By the way, I still haven't made up my mind. I think I'm leaning towards the '01 Duke team.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
  8. StroShow

    StroShow The return shall be legenday! V.I.P. Lifetime

    Definitely the 2004-2005 squad team. They had Marvin Williams coming off the bench...that's how good that team was. This team was almost unstappoble

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