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40. Cincinnati, 1962

Oscar Robertson never won a national championship. After the Big O's departure, however, the Bearcats reached the pinnacle of the sport. A 6-foot-10 star named Paul Hogue was partially responsible. He was named most outstanding player for the 1962 NCAA tournament, after finishing with 22 points and 19 rebounds in a 71-59 win over Ohio State in the national title game. That Ohio State squad featured John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas. But Hogue wasn't a solo act. Tom Thacker, Tony Yates and others were key pieces for one of the best teams in the university's history. It was their second consecutive national title victory. With Hogue in the middle, the Bearcats would have competed for crowns in other generations, too. -- Myron Medcalf