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True National Championship Totals

From its inception in 1938 until 1950, the winner of the NIT, rather than the NCAA tournament, was considered the consensus national champion of college basketball. For a variety of reasons most elite teams elected to compete in the NIT rather than the NCAA tournament during this era. The NCAA tournament was started after the NIT and was, initially, the less prestigious event. Among other things, the glamorous NIT, held in Madison Square Garden, attracted far more media attention than the NCAA tournament. Some teams competed in both tournaments. (Only one, City College of New York, won both events in the same year -- 1950.)

All this changed in 1950-51 when the NCAA passed a rule requiring teams to participate in only one post-season tournament, basically forcing schools to compete for its own championship and forego the previously more important NIT title. Adjusting for historical accuracy, and updating with last night’s result, here are the true national championship totals for the most successful college basketball programs:

UCLA 11 (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 & 1995 NCAA)
Kentucky 6 (1946 NIT, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998 & 2012 NCAA)
North Carolina 5 (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 & 2009 NCAA)
Duke 4 (1991, 1992, 2001 & 2010 NCAA)
Indiana 4 (1953, 1976, 1981 & 1987 NCAA)
Connecticut 3 (1999, 2004 & 2011 NCAA)
Kansas 3 (1952, 1988 & 2008 NCAA)
Louisville 3 (1980, 1986 & 2013 NCAA)
San Francisco 3 (1949 NIT, 1955 & 1956 NCAA)
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