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13. NC State, 1974

What did it take to end UCLA's run of seven straight national titles? A skywalker in National Player of the Year David Thompson, a skyscraper in 7-foot-4 center Tommy Burleson and marksman passing of point guard Monte Towe. And a desire to prove it was the best team in the nation after going 27-0 the previous season but missing the NCAA tournament because of probation. The Norm Sloan-coached team, which boasted such good chemistry that it relied on freelance passing more than set plays, went 57-1 over those two seasons, losing only to the UCLA -- who else? -- before besting the Bill Walton-led Bruins in the national semifinals in double overtime. State beat Marquette for the championship. -- Robbi Pickeral