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Connecticut vs 25 National Champions Rankings

We simulate the last 25 NCAA Basketball Champions head-to-head

By Ryan Fowler - Whatifsports.com
Updated: April 11, 2011

Lost somewhere in the Butler Bulldogs failure to accomplish the main objective of basketball, was the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championship game. On the flip side of Butler’s 18.8 percent field goal percentage, was a Connecticut Huskies defense that blocked ten shots and outrebounded the Bulldogs by 11. As disturbing as this NCAA finale was, the record books will still state Kemba Walker carried a team on his back for the last month, head coach Jim Calhoun won his third title, the Huskies finished the season on an 11-game winning streak.

Although watching the 2011 NCAA Basketball Championship probably answered all we needed to know about this championship squad, Whatifsports.com wanted to learn where the 2011 Connecticut Huskies ranked among the last 25 national championship programs.

Using our college basketball simulation engine, we placed Connecticut in a round-robin tournament where each national champion played the other 51 times. This generated each team’s winning percentage and average points per game in a power rankings list.

It’s fitting that UConn, who managed to score 53 points in the national title game, would average the fewest points per game in this power rankings simulation and rank 24th. The Huskies 75.7 ppg. is 4.9 points fewer than the “worst” team in this power rankings. The 1987-88 Kansas Jayhawks, led by Danny Manning, averaged 80.6 ppg.

UConn 2011 vs Past 25 NCAA Basketball Champions
TeamWin%Avg PPG
2000-01 Duke Blue Devils90.097.0
1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats84.695.4
2004-05 North Carolina Tar Heels80.995.0
1989-90 UNLV Runnin' Rebels73.895.8
1997-98 Kentucky Wildcats60.984.9
2007-08 Kansas Jayhawks60.084.8
1991-92 Duke Blue Devils59.493.6
2003-04 Connecticut Huskies57.682.2
2008-09 North Carolina Tar Heels57.091.7
2001-02 Maryland Terrapins56.389.2
2006-07 Florida Gators54.185.3
1994-95 UCLA Bruins53.691.5
1993-94 Arkansas Razorbacks51.593.2
1992-93 North Carolina Tar Heels51.289.4
2005-06 Florida Gators48.184.2
1988-89 Michigan Wolverines47.290.7
1998-99 Connecticut Huskies42.384.0
1985-86 Louisville Cardinals42.089.3
1999-00 Michigan State Spartans40.583.3
1990-91 Duke Blue Devils40.090.0
2009-10 Duke Blue Devils38.382.6
2002-03 Syracuse Orange31.082.6
1986-87 Indiana Hoosiers27.386.8
2010-11 Connecticut Huskies22.175.7
1996-97 Arizona Wildcats20.985.4
1987-88 Kansas Jayhawks9.880.6

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Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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