college basketball team of the last 15 years???? Connecticut Huskies
Titles in 1999 over a virtually unstoppable Duke team.....one of the best college basketbal teams never to win a title, 2004 with Emeka Okafor, 2011 with Kemba Walker and now a chance for another title in 2014 with second year head coach Kevin Ollie. Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas can take a backseat.....The center of the college basketball world for the past 15 years has resided in Storrs, Connecticut. Oh yeah, the women's team is pretty good also.
For arguments sake, I know they've had 3 titles and going for a 4th but I'm not sure they've been more impressive than Duke.
Duke has had 2 titles but also they haven't missed the tourney, their lowest seed was a 6, and they've had 9 number 1 seeds in that time span. Pretty damn impressive. Uconn has missed the tourney 3 times, more than Duke, UK, and Kansas and they kinda came out of nowhere this year and their last title run. Not trying to take anything away from them but I think there is an argument to be made for Duke, UNC, and maybe even UK with their recent run.
Duke has had 2 titles. But has massively underachieved in the tournament besides that. They've been to 3 final fours in 15 years, 1999, 2001 and 2010. All those number one seeds and 2 titles and 3 finals fours in 15 years is not dominant. Two of the last three years they have lost to Lehigh and Mercer. I think I saw somewhere they have the most losses to double digit seeds being a 3 seed or higher. Duke has not dominated the ACC during that span either. Carolina has twice as many acc regular season titles than Duke during that span. I could go on and on. Yes, Duke is Duke, and K is the all-time winningest coach of all time. Eleven final fours and 4 titles, one of the best programs in the country, but for the last 15 years, Duke has not been impressive. Uconn has missed the tourney recently and Duke hasn't. Also Uconn has dominated Duke in the tournament. Beat them in the title game in 1999 and beat them in the semifinals in 2004. Tell a Uconn fan that Duke has been more impressive than Uconn...
I feel ya, but as much as I love the tournament it might be the worst way to decide a champion. For instance, this year UK and UCONN are both there as an 8th and 7th seed. There's just so much luck involved. I like to look at consistency all throughout the year and the teams that put themselves in position to win year in and year out. Duke has definitely been up there every year as at least a threat to win it all. UConn has missed 4 tourneys in 15 years and has only had 3 #1 seeds to Duke's 9. So 1 less title but 4 less tourney absences and 6 more #1 seeds, which means they had the target on their back much more than UCONN. And if we look at players, Duke has had 28 players drafted since 1999 and UConn 16.
The tournament is the worst way to decide a champion? Single.elimination, coming to play every night, lose and go home, Cinderella stories, mid majors have as good a chance as any other team? Duke has been a number one.seed.9 times......big friggin deal. You don't shown up and win just because you're an elite program. You.play the games and the best.team doesn't.always win. Connecticut doesn't have the glitz and glamour, number one seeds, McDonald's all Americans and.pro players duke.does. All they have are more.NCAA.titles.in the last 15 years and beat.duke in the 1999 title game.and the 2004 national semi-final. As I said, state your.argument to a die hard Connecticut fan and I would love to hear what the say to you.
Duke went to the Final 4 in 2004 to so that's actually 4 final 4 appearances
For all of CBB, not just mens, it's not even a debate.
PS anyone really counting last year is being dishonest as that was a clear tourney team.
This APR thing is crap considering NBA players leaving early hurts your score.
@The Q: NBA player's leaving early only hurts your APR if they don't complete their second semester. That's what Daniel Orton did at UK (and why he'll never be welcomed back). Otherwise, it's just like any other player that might decide not to play basketball for a second year. It's like a walk on who decides to not play: that doesn't hurt APR.
Which is still a bad system.
The pro process starts during the school year.
That's not the kid's, nor the school's fault.