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Indiana had a party all planned for the aftermath of the Ohio State game Tuesday night, and the Hoosiers weren't about to let a little thing like, uh, losing the game spoil their fun. Sure, they'd clinched a share of the Big Ten championship, and sure, it's pretty awesome to bask in the approval of your hometown fans while cutting down some nets, but still, talk about backing into an accolade.

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It was a tall order to study all 74 teams to have won the NCAA basketball tournament over the years and then rank them, but that's exactly what our team of college hoops experts have done. We'll make your job a little easier and just list their top 20 for you to put in order. Click on the logos below to submit your ballot.

Best NCAA tourney champions

Kentucky (2012)

North Carolina (2009)

Florida (2007)

UConn (1999)

UConn (1999)

Connecticut

Kentucky (1996)

Arkansas (1994)

Duke (1992)

UNLV (1990)

Georgetown (1984)

North Carolina (1982)

Indiana (1976)

NC State (1974)

UCLA (1973)

UCLA (1972)

UCLA (1969)

UCLA (1968)

UCLA (1967)

UCLA (1964)

Ohio State (1960)

San Francisco (1956)

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The Associated Press No. 1 team in men's college basketball has lost six times this season, with Thursday night's Illinois stunner of Indiana marking the fifth straight week in which the best team has fallen. We won't rag on the Hoosiers too much, although both times they've lost as a No. 1 team it's been to unranked squads. It's interesting to imagine what effect this will have on the NCAA tournament -- a 1-seed has never lost to a 16-seed, but if it were to happen, this year's as good as any.

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Unranked surprise?

Neither of its losses as No. 1 has to sit well with Indiana. Both were incredibly close, with the Butler loss coming in overtime.

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It's hard enough to convince that one diamond-in-the-rough college basketball recruit to come play for your school, and harder yet to find the supporting pieces during that player's time to contend for a national championship. Doing it all in one season? Well, that's what separates the elite programs from the pretty good programs. Below are 12 of the greatest recruiting classes of the last 25 years. Simply hover over the logos to see the future stars from that year's class and then click to set your rankings!

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    Greatest recruiting classes

    1989 Indiana

    1989 Indiana

    Lawrence Funderburke, Pat Graham, Chris Reynolds, Calbert Cheaney, Greg Graham, Chris Lawson

    1991 Michigan

    1991 Michigan

    Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson

    1993 N. Carolina

    1993 N. Carolina

    Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Jeff McInnis

    1997 Duke

    1997 Duke

    Elton Brand, Shane Battier, Chris Burgess, William Avery

    1998 UCLA

    1998 UCLA

    Dan Gadzuric, JaRon Rush, Jerome Moiso, Ray Young, Matt Barnes

    1999 Duke

    1999 Duke

    Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer, Casey Sanders, Mike Dunleavy, Nick Horvath

    2004 Florida

    2004 Florida

    Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah

    2005 Kansas

    2005 Kansas

    Julian Wright, Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, Micah Downs

    2006 N. Carolina

    2006 N. Carolina

    Brandan Wright, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Deon Thompson, Alex Stepheson, Will Graves

    2009 Kentucky

    2009 Kentucky

    John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Eric Bledsoe, Jon Hood

    2011 Kentucky

    2011 Kentucky

    Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer

    2013 Kentucky

    2013 Kentucky

    Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis

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    Sadly, at least for Michigan State fans, the Spartans have been knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Louisville. Michigan State is the first No. 1 seed to fall in the tournament, but both Kentucky and North Carolina could take the plunge this evening if all doesn't go according to plan. Three double-digit seeds will be looking to end some tournament dreams early and keep the clock from striking midnight on their own personal Cinderella stories, but will we see any more upsets in the second half of the Sweet 16?


    (1) Kentucky vs. (4) Indiana

    Kentucky has run roughshod over its first two opponents, while Indiana barely survived a scare against VCU.

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    (1) North Carolina vs. (13) Ohio

    No. 13 Ohio is the lowest-ranked team still remaining, having upset both Michigan and South Florida in the first two rounds.

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    (2) Kansas vs. (11) NC State

    Both NC State and Kansas survived close games in the round of 32 -- NC State upset Georgetown 66-63, while Kansas eked out a 63-60 win against Purdue.

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    (3) Baylor vs. (10) Xavier

    Baylor and Xavier are coming off of big wins in the round of 32, a far cry from the close games they won in the round of 64.

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    Which team will win this Sweet 16 matchup?

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