College basketball teams with the most national championships

There are more than 350 schools in the Men’s Division I Basketball League. However, only 15 teams have won many national championships. UCLA comes in first with a score of 11. But which schools are nearby?

There are seven teams tied for ninth place in two tournaments each. Cincinnati (1961, 1962), Florida (2006, 2007), Louisville (1980, 1986), Michigan (1979, 2000), North Carolina (1974, 1983), Oklahoma (1945, 1946), and San Francisco (1955) , 1956).

Interestingly enough, four of these teams have won two championships in consecutive years.

College basketball teams with the most national championships

  • University of California – 11
  • Kentucky – 8
  • North Carolina – 6
  • Duke – 5
  • Indiana – 5
  • KS – 4
  • Ocon – 4
  • Vilanova – 3
  • Cincinnati – 2
  • Florida – 2
  • Louisville – 2
  • Michigan State – 2
  • NC State – 2
  • Oklahoma – 2
  • San Francisco – 2

*The irregularities committee canceled Louisville’s participation in the 2013 tournament.

Here’s a closer look, including the full list of champions table below:

8: Villanova – 3

Years: 1985, 2016, 2018

Vilanova knows how to win the championship in style. The Wildcats’ first title still holds the record for the lowest-ranked team to win an NCAA tournament, as 8-ranked Villanova beat top-seeded Georgetown in 1985. In 2016, Chris Jenkins carved his name in March tradition with a half-court whistle down North Carolina. . And in 2018, young goalkeeper Donte Divincenzo won the MOP title after scoring 31 points from the bench as the Wildcats won their second in three years.

T6: KS – 4

Years: 1952, 1988, 2008, 2022

Kansas is the latest national champion, beating North Carolina in a thriller in 2022. The Jayhawks’ last title before that was an OT win against the Memphis in 2008.

T6: Connecticut – 4

Years: 1999, 2004, 2011, 2014

Connecticut are tied with Duke and North Carolina in most national championships of this century, but there is a more prestigious record than that held by both huskies. UConn participated in four matches in the tournament and won each time. No other team has lost at least three matches in title matches.

T4: Indiana – 5

Years: 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987

Indiana’s first championship came via a former McCracken branch player. McCracken graduated from Indiana in 1930, and took up the coaching job in 1938-1939. In his second year, he led the Hoosiers to a 20-3 season that culminated in a 60-42 victory over Kansas in their second-ever National Championship game. Seven years after McCracken’s tenure ended, Bob Knight took over at Bloomington. Knight’s first championship with Indiana came in 1976 at the end of a 32-0 season—the last perfect season for a National Champion.

T4: Duke – 5

Years: 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015

All five of Duke’s championships come after 1981. Why is this such an important date? It’s the first season that Mike Krzyowski has taken charge at Durham. Prior to Coach K, Duke had two title matches, losing to UCLA in 1964 and Kentucky in 1978. Since then, they’ve reached nine, won five championships, and held the record for most championships since 1990.

3: North Carolina – 6

Years: 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, 2017

In 1957, a year after Bill Russell and San Francisco won 29-0 to win the National Championship, fifth-year coach Frank McGuire led North Carolina to the second-ever unbeaten National Championship season in NCAA tournament history. The Tar Heels wouldn’t return to the championship game until 1968, the seventh year for Dean Smith at Chapel Hill. It was the second of three consecutive Final Four trips without a title, but Smith’s first (and second to UNC) will come in 1982, thanks to a roster that includes James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and Michael Jordan. Smith would win another title in 1993. All the other three UNC championships came from his student Roy Williams.

2: Kentucky – 8

Years: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012

In the mid-20th century, long before they became famous for their team’s youth, Kentucky was a powerhouse. Adolph Rupp started in Kentucky in 1930-1931, but it wasn’t until his eighteenth season, in 1948, that the Wildcats won their first NCAA championship for the program. They were repeating in 1949, picking up two more before Rob retired. Since then, four different coaches have won a title with Kentucky: Joe B Hall in 1978, Rick Pettino in 1996, Toby Smith in 1998, and John Calipari in 2012.

1: University of California – 11

Years: 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995

In all college sports, it doesn’t get much better than the UCLA era during the ’60s and ’70s. From 1964 to 1975, UCLA had an overall record of between 335 and 22, with a winning percentage of 0.938. More than 12 years old. Through it all, the Bruins have racked up 10 national championships, including seven in a row – feats that will never be repeated.

The school The number of tournaments last tournament Running finishes
University of California 11 1995 2
Kentucky 8 2012 4
North Carolina 6 2017 6
duke 5 2015 6
Indiana 5 1987 1
Connecticut 4 2014 0
kansas 4 2022 6
Villanova 3 2018 1
Cincinnati 2 1962 1
Florida 2 2007 1
Louisville 2 1986 0
Michigan State 2 2000 1
North Carolina 2 1983 0
Oklahoma 2 1946 0
San Francisco 2 1956 0
Arizona 1 1997 1
Arkansas 1 1994 1
Baylor 1 2021 1
California 1 1959 1
CCNY 1 1950 0
George Town 1 1984 3
Holy Cross 1 1947 0
don’t ask 1 1954 0
Loyola (Illinois) 1 1963 0
market 1 1977 1
Maryland 1 2002 0
Ohio State 1 1960 4
Oregon 1 1939 0
stanford 1 1942 0
Syracuse 1 2003 2
UNLV 1 1990 0
Utah 1 1944 1
UTEP 1 1966 0
Virginia 1 2019 0
Wisconsin 1 1941 1
Wyoming 1 1943 0

*The irregularities committee canceled Louisville’s participation in the 2013 tournament.

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