When putting together top 10 lists I always seem to forget about someone or some team. Today at Bull City I am going to do something that I haven’t tried to do exclusively in hoops in a while. I have chopped it up with some of the best basketball minds I know over the past few days and although we didn’t agree on every team I used, we did agree on the majority of them.
I get excited around this time of year as the college basketball teams begin their season with Midnight Madness. Just the fact that they are getting ready for the season is good enough for me because football is still going strong, however around December it's nice to have some basketball on the television during the weekdays.
I feel pretty good about my picks, and the reason I started at 1980 was because it was when I started to have a full understanding of the game and I can still remember a lot of the players from that era in college. You might not agree with the order, but you have to agree that the teams that were chosen were all worthy of top 10 contention.
I know some of you will argue that a couple of the teams didn’t win a championship but we are talking starting fives, not full team play. In a lot of cases teams had solid starting 5’s but they didn't have a strong bench or a good coach so they were unable to win a championship.
T10 - 1993 - 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks – Corliss Williamson, Scotty Thurman, Corey Beck, Dwight Stewart, Ken Bailey (40 Minutes of Hell)
T10 - 2006 - 2007 Florida Gators - Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, and Lee Humphrey **(won the year before with the same 5 players, the only team in NCAA history to ever repeat with the same starting 5)
9 - 1983 - 1984 Georgetown Hoyas – David Wingate, Freddie Brown, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jackson, Reggie Williams.
8 - 1992 - 1993 Michigan Wolverines - Chris Webber, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson **(had back to back championship appearances and lost to UNC and Duke)