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Mar 07 2018
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5 Universities With the Most NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Wins

By Lindsay Wigo - Mar 07 2018

With March Madness right around the corner, college basketball fans around the world are hoping that their team can reach the ultimate goal: the championship title. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to see which teams have racked up the most championship titles – here’s a look at the top 5.

Bruins, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Wins: 11

Taking the top spot on the champions list, UCLA has won a grand total of 11 times. Coach John Wooden was with the team for their first 10 wins. The New York Times wrote that Wooden, “made UCLA the most successful team in college basketball.” UCLA also holds the record for the most consecutive national titles. From 1967 to 1973, the team racked up 7 consecutive championships.

1964 vs Duke

1965 vs Michigan

1967 vs Dayton

1968 vs North Carolina

1969 vs Purdue

1970 vs Jacksonville

1971 vs Villanova

1972 vs Florida State

1973 vs Memphis State

1975 vs Kentucky

1995 vs Arkansas

Wildcats, University of Kentucky

Wins: 8

The runner-up for national titles, the Kentucky Wildcats added their first national title to their list in 1948. However, many may recall their most recent win in 2012 when Kentucky’s Anthony Davis broke the NCAA freshman block record, tallying up 183 for the season

1948 vs Baylor

1949 vs Oklahoma

1951 vs Kansas State

1958 vs Seattle

1978 vs Duke

1996 vs Syracuse

1998 vs Utah

2012 vs Kansas

Tar Heels, University of North Carolina

Wins: 6

Up next is UNC in the third place slot. Back in 1957, the Tar Heels actually won their first championship title in a third overtime period, which was the only three-overtime game in the history of NCAA finals. North Carolina is also the most recent national winner, claiming the title for their 6th time in 2017.

1957 vs Kansas

1982 vs Georgetown

1993 vs Michigan

2005 vs Illinois

2009 vs Michigan State

2017 vs Gonzaga

Blue Devils, Duke University

Wins: 5

Close behind the Tar Heels are the Blue Devils of Duke University. The Blue Devils took their first win a little later than the other teams, defeating Kansas in 1991 with a score of 72-65. Duke won again in 1992, serving back-to-back consecutive titles.

1991 vs Kansas

1992 vs Michigan

2001 vs Arizona

2010 vs Butler

2015 vs Wisconsin

Hoosiers, Indiana University

Wins: 5

Tied with Duke University for wins are the Indiana University Hoosiers. Coach Bob Knight led his team to an undefeated 32-0 record in their 1975-76 season, but their most recent victory in 1987 was because of the winning shots by guard Keith Smart. Smart had the two final shots, one of which was made with 5 seconds left on the clock, a near buzzer beater.

1940 vs Kansas

1953 vs Kansas

1976 vs Michigan

1981 vs North Carolina

1987 vs Syracuse

If you want to brush up on your Basketball knowledge before this year’s champion is decided, make sure to check out Rookie Road’s Basketball tutorial to understand more about what goes into the game.

Lead Image Credit: weisUNC via Flickr Creative Commons

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Lindsay Wigo - George Washington University

Lindsay is a journalism student and is very excited to be the Editorial Director of Fresh U. She hopes to work in the features and entertainment journalism industry in the future. For more of her work, visit her website:

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