9. 1996 Kentucky Wildcats

Key Players: Antoine Walker, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty
Finish: Won the national championship
Record: 34-2

Five players on the 1995-96 Kentucky squad—Walker, Delk, McCarty, Derek Anderson, and Ron Mercer—were selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. So, it should come as no surprise that this team coasted to a 'chip in the '96 title game, winning their six NCAA Tournament games by an average of 21 points. And, even more impressively, head coach Rick Pitino got each and every player to buy into his system, earning him the praises of other top-flight coaches. "Rick's done a phenomenal job," Providence coach Pete Gillen said at the time. "How does he keep Ron Mercer happy playing 12 minutes a game? This guy was maybe the No. 1 high school player in the country last year, according to some magazines or newspapers or gurus. Rick's got to be the greatest psychologist since Sigmund Freud...He could sell freaking snow to the Eskimos. It's unbelievable." It certainly was.