Once the calendar turns over to March, American sports fans have only one thing on their mind – the NCAA Tournament. Each year, 68 teams play in the massive three-week competition to decide the best team in college basketball.
While neutral viewers tune in to see how their bracket is doing or to witness a historic upset, fans of the best teams will hope their team can make a deep run and become a part of history by winning the NCAA championship.
To determine the last 30 NCAA Tournament champions, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data from sports statistics site Sports Reference. No tournament was held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last 30 years, the NCAA Tournament has seen a mix of blue blood programs and teams without a rick basketball history both win the title. Also in that time, schools like Duke and UConn have gone from schools with almost no basketball history, to perennial powerhouses.
In the last 30 years, 16 different schools have cut down the nets as March Madness champions (though one school technically had their title vacated due to NCAA rules infractions). Six different schools won multiple titles in that time, including one program that won five championships in the past three decades.
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