History of the NCAA Titles Leaderboard

History of the NCAA Titles Leaderboard

Carolina is three wins from NCAA title #6, which would break the current tie with Indiana and a certain other Triangle school who does blue all wrong and put UNC alone in third place all-time behind UCLA and UK. The count through 2016:

11 UCLA (1964, 1965, 1967-1973, 1975, 1995)
8 UK (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012)
5 UNC (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009), Indiana (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987), Duke (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015)
4 UConn (1999, 2004, 2011, 2014)
3 Kansas (1952, 1988, 2008), Louisville (1980, 1986, 2013)
2 Oklahoma State (1945, 1946), San Francisco (1955, 1956), Cincinnati (1961, 1962), NC State (no, seriously, 1974 and 1983), Michigan State (1979, 2000), Villanova (1985, 2016), Florida (2006, 2007)
1 20 schools: Oregon (1939), Wisconsin (1941), Stanford (1942), Wyoming (1943), Utah (1944), Holy Cross (1947), CCNY (1950), La Salle (1954), Cal (1959), Ohio State (1960), Loyola (IL) (1963), UTEP (1966), Marquette (1977), Georgetown (1984), Michigan (1989), UNLV (1990), Arkansas (1994), Arizona (1997), Maryland (2002), Syracuse (2003)
Total 78 titles among 35 schools

Notable points in the history of this leaderboard are:
1946: OK State (then A&M) becomes the first multi-time (and first back-to-back) champ, taking the lead over the six schools who won the first six years
1949: UK joins OK State as two-time and back-to-back titlists; Holy Cross is the seventh school with a single win
1951: UK 3, OK St 2, CCNY the eighth one-time winner
1953: Indiana gets its second; KU is one-timer #9
1956: Russell and San Fran join the back-to-back club (Carolina really needs to get this accomplished sometime soon; there but for the grace of Donald’s shoulder…); ten including La Salle have 1
1957: Make it 11, as UNC finally gets on the board
1958: UK to 4
1962: Cincy goes back-to-back (come on, Roy, it’s clearly child’s play!), making it a 4-way tie for second
1964: Wooden joins the fray, tying 14 others with his first title; clearly he didn’t like the company in this room of the party, because…
1975: UCLA, having tied UK in ’68, has now rocketed to #1 with 10 titles in 12 years; UTEP and NCSU have in the meantime become the latest two of now 16 debutantes
1976: Indiana siezes third place with its 3rd
1978: UK stiff-arms IU with a 5th; Marquette has made it 17 one-timers
1981: The Hoosiers reach 4 after Louisville scratches
1982: Dean, James, and company make some noise and tie OK St, San Fran, and Cincy for 4th
1983: In some world, Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler are no match for Thurl Bailey and Sidney Lowe–and holy crap, it’s the actual world! Now five teams are in 4th.
1986: Louisville’s 2nd
1987: Indiana’s 5th
1992: dook’s back-to-back; with Kansas having notched #2 in ’88, 4th place is getting crowded with seedy-looking characters, so…
1993: Carolina finally assumes a really noticeable position on the list, knocking the two-timers down to 5th
1995: The Bruins forget it isn’t the 70’s anymore and tally #11 (I still say “Tyus Edney” sounds like a skin disease)
1998: More of the rich getting richer, as UK’s 6th and 7th have come in three seasons to put them back alone in 2nd place
2000: Michigan State joins the rings, plural, club
2001: The basketball Sith tie Carolina
2004: A Connecticut team just gushing pro-caliber talent makes the population of Two Title Town 6
2005: UNC steps back up into sole 4th place
2007: A seventh freaking school pulls off two in two years (Worthy, May, or Lawson couldn’t come back? Really?)
2008-2011: Kansas, Carolina, dook, and UConn jockey like horses coming down the stretch, as KU ties the Devils, UNC puts a cushion between themselves and those two and ties Indy for 3rd, dook climbs into 4th, and the Huskies catch the ‘Hawks
2012: Calipari mints his first (of what will surely become many, right? Right?) group of one-year, one-title wonders
2013-2015: More musical chairs: the ‘ville ties KU and UConn, but CT breaks that tie and ties dook, but the Leader breaks that tie and ties Carolina
2016: Speaking of tying Carolina, if there were any justice in the world…

So in 8 days we’ll hopefully be vying for our best rank ever on this list. And hey, history says that once you get #6, #7 follows in no time, so for so many reasons GO TAR HEELS!

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