Earlier this week I wrote a post about the Purdue basketball program being the must underrated college basketball program in the country. The crux of the argument was that because Purdue does not have a national championship since the NCAA Tournament began in 1939, whereas, for example, Indiana has five, the Boilermakers’ regular season accomplishments are not respected as they should be.
As usual, some people agreed and some people disagreed. What cannot disputed as we get ready to embark on March Madness 2011 and another NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament, is the importance of being the last team standing in March. As any Indiana fan can tell you, once you hang a banner for a national championship, no one can ever take it away from you – and it gives you a pretty strong trump card in any argument over teams with fewer or zero national titles.
So which school has the ultimate trump card? Well, UCLA does of course, with their 11 national titles. The table below shows you all the teams who have won the NCAA Mens College Basketball Tournament, and which schools have won it the most.
List of Schools with the Most NCAA Tournament Championships in Mens College Basketball History
|School||Number of NCAA Titles||Years|
|UCLA||11||1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995|
|Kentucky||7||1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998|
|Indiana||5||1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987|
|North Carolina||5||1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009|
|Duke||4||1991, 1992, 2001, 2010|
|Kansas||3||1952, 1988, 2008|
|Michigan State||2||1979, 2000|
|N.C. State||2||1974, 1983|
|Oklahoma State||2||1945, 1946|
|San Francisco||2||1955, 1956|
|Texas Western (UTEP)||1||1966|