Rivals.com Top 10 Teams of the 64 Era

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Florida's run to a second consecutive national championship begged the question: Just how good were the Gators?

At Rivals.com, we've come up with an answer.

Our basketball staff congregated to determine the Top 10 Teams of the 64 Era, which is to say the best teams since the NCAA Tournament expanded the field to include 64 teams in 1985. We chose not to go any further back for a couple of reasons, chief among them that basketball talent is more dispersed than it was prior to 1985. That, and negotiating six games to win a title makes it that much more difficult.

We decided to consider only teams that had won the national championship or at least played for it. That gave us 46 teams to sift through for 10 spots, though honestly most runners-up fell by the wayside quickly. After that, we looked at several other factors, including overall record, strength of schedule, roster talent and NCAA Tournament performance.

You can make an argument for nearly every team that has won the championship since 1985. Heck, you even can bring a solid case for a few of the teams that didn't (and we will).

We'll unveil the list from 10-1 on a daily basis. Check out the list below:

Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at bmcclellan@rivals.com.

Top 10 Teams of the 64 Era
1. UNLV 1990
Final record: 35-5
Non-conference record: 19-3
Double-digit victories: 24
Average victory margin: 17.8
NBA first-round picks: Three (Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon, Larry Johnson)
Read their story
2. Duke 1992
Final record: 34-2
Non-conference record: 18-0
Double-digit victories: 26
Average victory margin: 15.5
NBA first-round picks: Four (Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Cherokee Parks)
Read their story
3. Kentucky 1996
Final record: 34-2
Non-conference record: 16-1
Double-digit victories: 30
Average victory margin: 24.0
NBA first-round picks: Six (Antoine Walker, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer, Derek Anderson, Nazr Mohammed)
Read their story
4. Florida 2007
Final record: 35-5
Non-conference record: 19-2
Double-digit victories: 25
Average victory margin: 20.8
NBA first-round picks: Three (Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah)
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5. Georgetown 1985
Final record: 35-3
Non-conference record: 17-0
Double-digit victories: 28
Average victory margin: 18.6
NBA first-round picks: Two (Patrick Ewing, Reggie Williams)
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6. North Carolina 2005
Final record: 33-4
Non-conference record: 19-2
Double-digit victories: 25
Average victory margin: 20.7
NBA first-round picks: Four (Marvin Williams, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants)
Read their story
7. UCLA 1995
Final record: 32-1
Non-conference record: 15-0
Double-digit victories: 22
Average victory margin: 15.5
NBA first-round picks: Two (Ed O'Bannon, George Zidek)
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8. Arkansas 1994
Final record: 31-3
Non-conference record: 17-1
Double-digit victories: 20
Average victory margin: 25.0
NBA first-round picks: One (Corliss Williamson)
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9. Connecticut 2004
Final record: 33-6
Non-conference record: 11-2
Double-digit victories: 24
Average victory margin: 19.4
NBA first-round picks: Six (Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Josh Boone, Marcus Williams, Hilton Armstrong, Charlie Villanueva)
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10. Oklahoma 1988
Final record: 35-4
Non-conference record: 20-1
Double-digit victories: 26
Average victory margin: 25.0
NBA first-round picks: Three (Stacey King, Mookie Blaylock, Harvey Grant)
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