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The 2008 KU team was ranked as 12th best national champion in history

The Kansas players celebrated after winning the 2008 national title.
The Kansas players celebrated after winning the 2008 national title. deulitt@kcstar.com

On Monday night, a new men’s college basketball champion will be crowned.

There have been 77 other champions, so Paul Bessire and John Ewing of PredictionMachine.com ranked them all from best to worst.

According to a news release, the duo determined the rankings by simulating every team against the others (using strength of schedule adjusted statistics) 50,000 times each and ranked them by overall winning percentage of those games.

No. 1 overall is the 1972 UCLA team, and half of the top 10 squads are from UCLA.

Here is the list of the top 15 national champions (you can find the entire list here):

1. 1972 UCLA

2. 1956 San Francisco

3. 1968 UCLA

4. 1955 San Francisco

5. 1967 UCLA

6. 2012 Kentucky

7. 1973 UCLA

8. 1976 Indiana

9. 1969 UCLA

10. 1996 Kentucky

11. 1960 Ohio State

12. 2008 Kansas

13. 1993 North Carolina

14. 1963 Loyola Chicago

15. 2005 North Carolina

A couple of other notes:

Coming in at No. 77 (and last) was City College of New York in 1950. The 1952 Kansas team was ranked No. 69, while the 1988 KU champions were No. 63.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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