15. Connecticut, 1999
When Jim Calhoun took over at Connecticut in 1986, the idea that it would one day become a (if not the) Northeast power that would churn out NBA talent on a yearly basis, and would beat a star-studded Duke team to win a national title in 1999, was silly. But it happened thanks in large part to future NBA All-Star Rip Hamilton's sweet shooting and late-game heroics, with a formidable supporting cast led by backcourt mate Khalid El-Amin. The Huskies beat their Big East opponents by an average of 11.8 points per game during the 1998-99 season.
-- Eamonn Brennan