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28. Syracuse, 2003

The beauty of basketball is that you need only five guys to play. If one of them happens to be a transcendent superstar, then you could very easily have a champion. That was Syracuse in 2003. There were good players on that team -- Hakim Warrick, Kueth Duany and Gerry McNamara -- but there was one great one. Carmelo Anthony is what turned a decent Orange team into the one standing tall at the end. Syracuse, as is always the case, played good defense. Warrick's length, after all, proved to be the difference-maker in the national title game. But really this team was about Melo, one player turning one team into a champion.
-- Dana O'Neil