18. 2000 Michigan State Spartans

Key Players: Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson, Jason Richardson
Finish: Won the national championship
Record: 26-7
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A year after losing to Duke in the Final Four, Tom Izzo rallied his team (led by Cleaves, Peterson, and Charlie Bell, a trio of players from hardscrabble, badass Flint, Mich., dubbed the Flintstones) together and got them to focus on playing tough Big Ten-style defense throughout the course of the season in order to not just make it back to the Final Four, but to win it. They hit some bumps in the road—how the hell did you guys lose to Wright State?!—but they also played ten ranked teams during the regular season to toughen them up. And, wouldn't you know it, it worked!