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Monday, November 21, 2011
Is UNC the new 'standard for excellence'?

By Robbi Pickeral

In his Sunday column in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Jerry Tipton polled several longtime college basketball observers with this question: Since the John Wooden-led UCLA dynasty ended in 1975, which program sets the standard for excellence?

None of quartet of writers who responded, he notes, chose Kentucky as No. 1. But both North Carolina and Duke were in the mix, for varying reasons:
The Tar Heels have won four national titles since 1975 (under two head coaches) and made 12 Final Four appearances during that timespan (under three coaches).

Does UNC set the new standard -- or does another team deserve the nod? What should be the standard? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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