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47. Indiana, 1981

Years before he carried the Detroit Pistons, Isiah Thomas carried Indiana on his back in the 1981 NCAA tournament. Thomas scored 23 points in the national title game, a 63-50 victory over James Worthy's North Carolina squad. But he didn't do it alone. Future first-round NBA draft picks Ray Tolbert and Randy Wittman helped him. With that trio, the Hoosiers could have competed with a lot of teams on this list. Plus, Bob Knight was approaching the prime of his career then. Those Hoosiers were tough and disciplined. There are certainly more talented teams in this assembly. Few grittier than this crew, though. -- Myron Medcalf