A dynasty is a team or individual that dominates their sport or league for an extended period of time. This can result in a frequent topic of debate among sports fans due to lack of consensus and agreement in the many different variables and criteria that fans may use to define a sports dynasty. Throughout the history of college basketball, there have been a few teams that have been able to dominate the sport for many years. Let’s take a look at who those three college basketball dynasties have been in the past
3. Tennessee Volunteers Women’s Basketball
In an 11 year span, the Lady Volunteers were able to capture a total of six NCAA championships being led by Hall of Fame head coach, Pat Summit. The Lady Volunteers were the most dominant team in all of Women’s College Basketball and there was no one that could really compete with them during the 90’s. They were always causing chaos on the court for opponents and even when they were not winning titles they were making deep runs into the NCAA Tournament. Summit was able to help her Lady Vols capture two more titles during the 2000’s for a total of 8 titles in Summit’s career. Summit and the dynasty she built at Tenessee may have been topped by another women’s team but it will certainly not be forgotten.
2. University of Connecticut Women Basketball
Usually, dynasties don’t last as long as this one has. In fact, this dynasty is still in the process of happening as the UConn Huskies have won 10 of the last 18 NCAA Championships in Women’s Basketball. Even though they haven’t won in the past two years, having been upset in the championship game. They have shown that they still have the star power to get far. Over the past five seasons, the Huskies have lost a grand total of 3 games! Their record is 188-3 which is absolutely ridiculous. Head coach, Geno Auriemma, has been very influential thanks to his aggressive recruiting and excellent coaching skills, helping turn this team into the greatest dynasty in all of Women’s College Basketball history.
1. UCLA Men’s Basketball
In a 12 year span, John Wooden put together the greatest dynasty of any program in all of College Basketball history. Leading his UCLA Bruins to 10 championships in 12 years is something that will probably never be duplicated by any other coach or program. During that span, Wooden helped coach the Bruins to seven straight championships from ’67 to ’73. From ’71 to ’74 the Bruins won 88 straight games which is one of the most dominant streaks in both men and women’s college basketball. What helped Wooden and his team be so dominant was his different style of coaching compared to his peers. Wooden liked to use a full-court press to force teams into mistakes and he allowed his players to play a free-flowing offense. This UCLA dynasty is the greatest dynasty of all time in both men’s and women’s college basketball and did things that will never be repeated because of the way the game has changed since then.