Top tourney schools of the last 20 years

Updated: March 14, 2005, 11:24 AM ET
By Pete Tiernan | Special to Insider

It's been 20 years since the NCAA Tournament went to the 64-team bracket. Over the two decades of tourneys, there have been a number of great individual squads that could lay claim to being the best team of the modern March Madness era. Teams such as the UNLV Runnin' Rebels of the early '90s, the Hill/Hurley/Laettner-fueled Duke Blue Devils that dethroned UNLV, and the potent Kentucky Wildcats of the late '90s would make anyone's list of top tourney teams.

But success is fleeting. Today's UNLV squads are lucky just to make the tournament. And in the last five years – when 16 different schools have filled the 20 Final Four slots – no team's dominance has extended beyond a season. When you consider the entire span of the 64-team era, however, a number of schools have compiled a consistently strong record. The question is: Which of these schools have been the best tourney performers over the course of the last 20 years?

As far as identifying the top school, the answer is easy. By every measure, Duke has been the best school of the 64-team era. Based on overall record alone, Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils get the nod as the top tourney performer. Here are the overall records of the top 10 schools (out of 55) with at least eight appearances in the Big Dance: