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71. Russell Era ends

When San Francisco beat Iowa in the 1956 national championship, it was a bittersweet moment for the Dons. It was their second straight title, but it also brought an official end to the Bill Russell era. Russell averaged 20.7 points and 20.3 rebounds per game in his collegiate career, and legendary UCLA coach John Wooden once called him the "greatest defensive man I've ever seen." Russell, of course, would go on to win 11 NBA championships with the Boston Celtics and is remembered as perhaps the best basketball player to ever live.
-- Teddy Mitrosilis