27. 1987 Syracuse Orangemen

Key Players: Rony Seikaly, Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman
Finish: National championship runner-up
Record: 31-7
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At the start of the '87 season, this team wasn't supposed to accomplish anything. But they began by winning their first 15 games en route to a Big East crown and continued fighting—by engaging in a brawl with Providence during the NCAA Tournament!—on their way to the title game. They ended up losing to Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers, but this ended up being a tough team filled with a bunch of future NBA players.