Which group is the one one since brackets expanded to make three title video games in a row? (And the way’d they do?)


Tony Delk
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We lined all of the groups to make two NCAA title video games in a row on this article… besides… I omitted one on goal with the best way I worded the query. As a result of there has solely been one group because the 1985 growth to make THREE last video games in a row. They gained it, misplaced it (in overtime), and gained it again. The primary classic spawned an eventual NINE NBA gamers. This group comes as near “dynastic” as we’ve had prior to now 35 years.

And it may solely be the 1996-98 Kentucky Wildcats. Rick Pitino took the primary two squads to back-to-back title video games earlier than leaving for the Boston Celtics, the place he would utter the legendary, “Larry Chicken isn’t strolling via that door.” Derek Anderson, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer, Nazr Mohammed, Mark Pope, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, and basket-making worker No. 8 Antoine Walker all went on to various NBA careers (or at the very least appearances). In ’96 the Cats bested Marcus Camby and UMass within the nationwide semifinal, and John Wallace and upstart Syracuse, a 4 seed, within the finals.

In ’97, Lute Olsen’s Wildcats of Arizona downed the defending champs 84-79 in extra time. Miles Simon led that Arizona squad, who additionally supplied Dean Smith’s swansong, as he retired after North Carolina misplaced to them within the semifinal. Kentucky bested Bobby Jackson’s Minnesota, of their first-ever Ultimate 4 look, to succeed in the championship. In the end, Kentucky fell 5 minutes shy of repeat glory.

However in ’98, Tubby Smith took the reins and guided Kentucky to it’s second title in three seasons. The Cats wanted OT within the semifinal to get previous Michael Madsen’s Stanford Cardinal. Utah took down 1 seed North Carolina to advance to the title sport, which they hoped could be revenge for a loss to Kentucky within the Regional Ultimate the yr prior. However nope. Kentucky took down the Utes 78-69 to place a cap on one helluva run. 

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