4. 2003 Syracuse Orange 30-5
One of the youngest teams to win a national championship, the 2003 Syracuse team was led by a future NBA All-Star in Carmelo Anthony, who averaged more than 22 points per game in his only season with the Orange. The team was comprised of four freshman, three sophomores, a junior and a senior and still finished the year 30-5. The Orange were Big East Champions and national champions. Of course, it helps when four of the five starters average double figures for the season and you’re coached by one of the greats in Jim Boeheim.
3. 2001 Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devils were high and mighty in 2001, led by future NBA stars Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier, Mike Dunleavy and Chris Duhon. Duke won its third national championship in 2001 and finished the season 35-4 and 13-3 in ACC play. The Blue Devils won every game in the NCAA tournament by double figures and went 13-4 against ranked opponents that year. The four losses the Blue Devils suffered were by a combined 14 points (3.5 ppg).
2. 2007 Florida Gators
An entire starting lineup that won an NCAA title in the previous season returned to make the Florida Gators back-to-back champions. I’m not sure how Billy Donovan was able to convince all of his guys to stay, but what an incredibly fun team his 2007 Gators were to watch. Four of the five of the starting lineup of Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Al Horford, Taurean Green were all selected in the 2007 NBA Draft, Lee Humphrey being the odd man out, and all five averaged double figures for the season. Florida finished the season 35-5 and was the consensus No. 1 team all year.
1. 2009 North Carolina Tar Heels
The opposite of the 2003 Syracuse team, the 2009 Tar Heels were a senior-laden squad that sported a ton of talent. Not only was North Carolina one of the most dominant teams in college basketball in the 21st century, it was one of the most hated. Most of that can be attributed to the hard-working, tough-as-nails persona of forward Tyler Hansbrough. After finishing the year 28-4, the Tar Heels had no issue with their next six NCAA tournament games, winning by an average margin of 20.2 points per game. Following the season, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Danny Greene and Hansbrough were all selected in the 2009 NBA Draft.