Join Date: Feb 2011
Re: What college team should I support?
dook*, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and UCLA
All those programs have been historically great throughout the decades, have had dominant periods, have won multiple championships, have had influential coaches to the game of basketball as a whole, and put a number of great pros in the league. Each fan base is spread out across the country, exceptionally loyal, optimistic, arrogant, and irrational. Not necessarily in that order.
In terms of recent success (last decade):
UNC - 2 championships, 3 F4's, 6 E8's
UConn - 2 championships, 3 F4's, 4 E8's
UF - 2 championships, 2 F4's, 5 E8's
UoL - 1 championship, 3 F4's 5 E8's
KU - 1 championship, 2 F4's, 5 E8's
UK - 1 championship, 2 F4's, 4 E8's
DU - 1 championship, 2 F4's, 3 E8's
MSU - 0 championships, 3 F4's, 3 E8's
UCLA - 0 Championships, 3 F4's, 3 E8's
OSU - 0 championships, 2 F4's, 3 E8's
Other teams top teams:
Syracuse, Arizona, Georgetown, Michigan, Villanova, Marquette, Wisconsin, and a bunch of others. Most of the fan bases are very regionalized for these programs. But you live in Ireland, so I doubt it matters.
Possible up and coming teams:
VCU, Richmond, St. John's, Oklahoma State, Creighton, New Mexico, UVA, Oregon, LBSU, Providence, LSU, UNLV, and others. A few of those have a decently rich history as well. LSU, UVA, St. Johns, and UNLV off the top of my head.
If you plan to support this team for all sports, I'm not going to do the research but I believe UCLA, UNC, OSU, and Michigan are really good in other sports other than basketball. If it's just the big two (basketball and football) then UCLA, Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Michigan State are your best bets from the teams above. Also Texas deserves a mention, even though both their basketball and football programs are in shambles right now. Of course if you are more interested in football then there are a ton of programs missing.
I probably forgot a few. You should definitely check out each team and decide for yourself. The playing styles of most of those teams are substantially different. Some are more 3pt reliant, some run closer to NBA sets, some are more physical, some like to run nonstop, some use up the entire 35 second shot clock, some pressure on d, some prefer to give up 3s, some primarily play zone, and so on. College basketball is much more diverse than the NBA and the rules play an important role for that.
Forget to mention, some of those program could have a coaching change soon and some might fall off a bit because of the new conferences. Something to consider.
Last edited by IGotACoolStory : 09-29-2013 at 05:48 PM.