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Earlier this week SB Nation teamed up with SLAM to put together a list of the 50 greatest men’s college basketball teams of all time and the 50 greatest women’s NCAA teams ever.
In addition to the list, college basketball fans around the country were surveyed using SB Nation Reacts to get their opinions on some of the more recent teams included on the list. Those fans were asked which team from the last 20 years would be most dominant in any era.
The women’s side saw more than 70 percent of the vote split between just two teams, with the 2002 UConn Huskies team narrowly edging out the 2016 UConn squad.
The great teams are almost always lead by at least one unique talent. According to the survey, a third of fans believe having a player like that is the most important aspect when comparing a team against other teams from different eras.
Fans around the country said the most versatile player in any era of the college game was North Carolina’s Michael Jordan. Blowing by Magic Johnson, who received roughly 20 percent of the vote.
When asked the same question about the women’s game, it was Diana Taurasi who earned the most votes.
Taurasi was a key part of a true basketball dynasty at UConn. The program has been so dominant through the years that there are two stretches of time that could stand as its own dynasty.
According to fans, a majority believe the UConn run from 2001-04 was the better stretch.
The current UConn team is in a familiar position, sitting at the top of the AP Top 25 and headed for a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, for now, fans don’t believe this year’s squad is deserving of a spot on the Top 50 women’s teams of all time.
Similarly, despite being undefeated, a slight majority of fans don’t believe the 2020-21 Gonzaga team has earned a Top 50 spot either.
While there are no shortage of dominant programs in today’s game, no one compares on the men’s side to the dominance of UCLA under John Wooden in the 1960s and 70s. The legacy of those teams still lasts today, with nearly three-fourths of fans believing the dynasty would still compete with today’s teams.
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