10 Most Impressive National Title Runs

Duke, 1992
Text: Andy Glockner
Photo: John Biever/SI


Duke, 1992

9-0, ACC tournament champs

SI's Andy Glockner ranked the championship run of every national champion since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The champs were evaluated on overall record (including conference tournaments), quality of opponents faced, margins of victory and perceived expectations for that team entering the postseason. Here are the results.

The Blue Devils comfortably rolled through the ACC tournament, including a thrashing of North Carolina in the final and only had two close calls in the NCAAs. One of those was the Christian Laettner game, the 104-103 win over Kentucky that is widely regarded as the best NCAA Tournament game of all time. They edged Indiana in the semis before crushing the Fab Five by 20 to repeat as national champs.

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