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Ranking College Basketball's National Champions since 1985

College basketball owns the month of March (and oftentimes spills over into April). The extravaganza as we know it today really emerged in 1985, when the NCAA Tournament expanded from 48 teams to 64.

The 32 years since have provided hoop-heads with countless memorable moments. Tournament expansion gave rise to Cinderellas – those programs that come from nowhere to steal a win or two and become household names.

Beyond the addition of a play-in game in 2001, and expansion to 68 teams via the First Four in ‘11, the NCAA Tournament has remained largely the same since ‘85. Consider this is the modern era of the NCAA Tournament. This era has featured surprising champs and unforgettable Goliaths. Here is a ranking of all the teams that have cut down the nets since 1985.

1. 1992 Duke
Record: 34-2, 14-2 ACC

2. 1996 Kentucky
Record: 34-2, 16-0 SEC

3. 2001 Duke
Record: 35-4, 13-3 ACC

4. 2012 Kentucky
Record: 38-2, 16-0 SEC

5. 1990 UNLV
Record: 35-5, 16-2 Big West

6. 1999 UConn
Record: 34-2, 16-2 Big East

7. 1995 UCLA
Record: 31-2, 16-2 Pac-10

8. 2005 North Carolina
Record: 33-4, 14-2 ACC

9. 2009 North Carolina
Record: 34-4, 13-3 ACC

10. 2007 Florida
Record: 35-5, 13-3 SEC

11. 2008 Kansas
Record: 37-3, 13-3 Big 12

12. 1994 Arkansas
Record: 31-3, 14-2 SEC

13. 1987 Indiana
Record: 30-4, 15-3 Big Ten

14. 1993 North Carolina
Record: 34-4, 14-2 ACC

15. 2002 Maryland
Record: 32-4, 15-1 ACC

16. 2015 Duke
Record: 35-4, 15-3 ACC

17. 2016 Villanova
Record: 35-5, 16-2 Big East

18. 2004 UConn
Record: 33-6, 12-4 Big East

19. 2017 North Carolina
Record: 33-7, 14-4 ACC

20. 1991 Duke
Record: 32-7, 11-3 ACC

21. 2003 Syracuse
Record: 30-5, 13-3 Big East

22. 1997 Arizona
Record: 25-9, 11-7 Pac-10

23. 1998 Kentucky
Record: 35-4, 14-2 SEC

24. 2013 Louisville
Record: 35-5, 14-4 Big East

25. 2000 Michigan State
Record: 32-7, 13-3 Big Ten

26. 1989 Michigan
Record: 30-7, 12-6 Big Ten

27. 2010 Duke
Record: 35-5, 13-3 ACC

28. 2006 Florida
Record: 33-6, 10-6 SEC

29. 1986 Louisville
Record: 32-7, 10-2 Metro

30. 1988 Kansas
Record: 27-11, 9-5 Big 8

31. 2011 UConn
Record: 32-9, 9-9 Big East

32. 2014 UConn
Record: 32-8, 12-6 American Athletic

33. 1985 Villanova
Record: 25-10, 9-7 Big East