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17. Akeem Olajuwon, Houston

The patron saint of "Phi Slama Jama" -- in this one-and-done era, it boggles the mind that Akeem Olajuwon, as he was then known, played alongside Clyde Drexler at Houston -- Olajuwon lays claim to the greatest NCAA tournament career of any player who never won a title. The Dream led the 1983 Cougars to a 31-2 record before losing to NC State in one of the most famous upsets in NCAA tournament history; he was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player despite the loss. He made a return trip to the final in 1984, when a Patrick Ewing-led Georgetown team stopped Houston short once more. He averaged 19.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game during the Cougars' 1983 and '84 tournament runs. -- Eamonn Brennan