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64. Kentucky, 1948

Adolph Rupp is a legend in Kentucky for the four national titles he brought to the state. This was his first, and it was won in a way that would define the success of his tenure -- with hard-nosed defense. The Wildcats held Baylor to just 16 first-half points in their 58-42 championship game victory, which made Kentucky just the second program ever to win both the NIT and the NCAA title. And it got all those folks in Kentucky riled up about hoops for the first time. It's hard to imagine a universe in which this isn't the case, but it had to start somewhere.
--Eamonn Brennan