Kansas is your team of the century so far

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Sometimes I feel like we make evaluating performance more difficult than it needs to be. Like when I see people touting a point guard who shoots 29 percent on his threes as the preseason national POY. What if he golfed? “We’re pleased to announce our choice as the 2014 PGA Preseason Player of the Year. The one facet of his game that could use improvement is recording fewer strokes over 18 holes.”

Anyway, in the spirit of straightforward evaluation, here are your teams of the century. There’s a good chance Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon State, Providence, Rutgers and South Carolina will all merit mention here sometime before 2099. Their inspiration should be Minnesota, which just made the list in 2013.

NCAA tournament wins in the 2000s

1.  Kansas           37
2.  Duke             34
3.  Michigan State   33
    North Carolina   33
5.  Florida          29
6.  Kentucky         27
7.  Connecticut      26
8.  Syracuse         23
9.  Louisville       22
10. Arizona          21
    UCLA             21
12. Wisconsin        20
13. Ohio State       19
14. Texas            18
15. Butler           17
    Illinois         17
    Maryland         17
18. Gonzaga          15
    Memphis          15
    Pitt             15
    Xavier           15
22. Marquette        13
    Oklahoma         13
24. Indiana          12
    Purdue           12
    Villanova        12
    West Virginia    12
28. Oklahoma State   11
29. Georgetown       10
    Tennessee        10
31. Cincinnati        9
    Missouri          9
    Stanford          9
34. Oregon            8
    Washington        8
    VCU               8*
37. Georgia Tech      7
    LSU               7
    Michigan          7
    NC State          7
41. Baylor            6
    Boston College    6
    Iowa State        6
    Kansas State      6
    Notre Dame        6
    Temple            6
    Texas A&M         6
    USC               6
    Wake Forest       6
    Wichita State     6
51. Alabama           5
    George Mason      5
    Miami             5
    S. Illinois       5
    Tulsa             5
    Vanderbilt        5
57. BYU               4
    Cal               4
    Kent State        4
    Mississippi St.   4
    Nevada            4
    Saint Joseph's    4
    Utah              4
    W. Kentucky       4
65. Auburn            3
    Creighton         3
    Davidson          3
    Florida State     3
    Milwaukee         3
    Ohio              3
    Ole Miss          3
    San Diego State   3
    Seton Hall        3
    Texas Tech        3
    UAB               3
    UNLV              3
    Washington State  3
    La Salle          3*
    Saint Mary's      3*
    Siena             3*
81. Arizona State     2
    Bradley           2
    Bucknell          2
    Cornell           2
    FGCU              2
    Murray State      2
    New Mexico        2
    Northern Iowa     2
    Pacific           2
    Penn State        2
    Richmond          2
    Saint Louis       2  
    Morehead State    2*
    Northwestern St.  2*
    S. Florida        2*
    Vermont           2*
    UNC Asheville     2**
98. Arkansas          1
    Central Michigan  1
    Charlotte         1
    Cleveland State   1
    Colorado          1
    Colorado State    1
    Dayton            1 
    DePaul            1
    Fresno State      1
    GW                1
    Georgia           1
    Hampton           1
    Harvard           1
    Indiana State     1
    Iowa              1
    Lehigh            1
    Manhattan         1
    Minnesota         1
    Montana           1
    Norfolk State     1
    Old Dominion      1
    Pepperdine        1
    St. John's        1
    San Diego         1
    UNC Wilmington    1
    Utah State        1
    Virginia          1
    Virginia Tech     1
    Winthrop          1
    Wyoming           1
    Clemson           1*
    Florida A&M       1*
    James Madison     1*
    Monmouth          1*
    Mount St. Mary's  1*
    Niagara           1*
    NC A&T            1*
    Oakland           1*
    UA Pine Bluff     1*
    UTSA              1*

*  Includes one win prior to round of 64
** Includes two wins prior to round of 64

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