23. 1988 Kansas Jayhawks
Key Players: Danny Manning, Archie Marshall, Kevin Pritchard
Finish: Won the national championship
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This team's nickname—"Danny and the Miracles"—might not sound very badass. But this squad shocked a lot of people when they spent the last 12 weeks of the regular season unranked—and then somehow managed to string together a series of wins against teams like Kansas State, Duke, and Oklahoma in the tournament. It helped solidify coach Larry Brown's place at Kansas (a.k.a. making him want to immediately leave to coach the San Antonio Spurs) and made Manning the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. With the way the Jayhawks have been outperformed in the tournament the last few years, they wish they had the kind of luck the '88 team did right now.