March 24, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -
NC State's 1974 National Championship team has been ranked the seventh-best team in NCAA history according to the Sporting News, which is ranking teams and moments in various sports in celebration of its 125th anniversary. An All-Star panel of former players, current and former coaches and basketball contributors all cast their votes to determine college basketball's greatest teams.
Sporting News' take on the Wolfpack:
• Ended UCLA's run of consecutive NCAA championships at seven with a double-overtime victory in the Final Four, 80-77. The Bruins had won 38 tournament games in a row when the Wolf Pack took them down in the semifinals.
• Were led by high-flying forward David Thompson, who averaged 26.0 points, fifth in the nation, and 7.9 rebounds. Thompson scored 49 points in two Final Four games.
• Lost only one game, earlier in the season to UCLA by 18 points, but had to beat a loaded Maryland team in overtime in the ACC Tournament merely to gain entry to the NCAA field. Only league champions were permitted to play in the NCAA Tournament in that era.
• Featured 5-7 point guard Monte Towe, who in 1974-75 won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith award as the best college player 6-0 or shorter, and 7-4 center Tom Burleson, who was a member of the 1972 Olympic basketball team.
Greatest College Basketball Teams of All Time
1: 1966-67 UCLA Bruins
2: 1972-73 UCLA Bruins
3: 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers
4: 1981-82 North Carolina Tar Heels
5: 1954-55 San Francisco Dons
6: 1990-91 UNLV Rebels
7: 1973-74 NC State Wolfpack
8: 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils
9: 1983-84 Georgetown Hoyas
10: 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats
The March 28 issue of Sporting News Magazine featuring Tim Lincecum on the cover is on newsstands later this week and also includes a preview of all 30 MLB teams and the Sporting News college basketball awards. For more information on the Sporting News 125th anniversary please visit: http://aol.sportingnews.com/125.