Kenny Sailors (right of trophy) led Wyoming to a national championship in 1943.
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73. Wyoming, 1943

If you're dismayed by the current epoch of conference realignment, have faith in the fact that conferences come and go all too quickly. This Cowboys team played in something called the Mountain States Conference. Yes, basketball was different then -- the Cowboys lost just two games that season, one to Duquesne, one to the Denver Legion team. Had all five starters for Illinois -- which was ranked No. 1 to end the regular season -- not had to serve in active duty in World War II that season, the eventual outcome might have been different. The tourney's MOP was Cowboys' guard Ken Sailors, who is widely credited for creating the modern jump shot. -- Eamonn Brennan