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4. Bill Russell, San Francisco

How dominant was Bill Russell in the NCAA tournament? The NCAA changed the rules after he left, widening the lane and eliminating goaltending. Russell led the University of San Francisco to back-to-back titles in 1955 and 1956. Known for his defense, he simply dominated everything inside, setting a still-standing record with 50 rebounds in the 1956 Final Four, including 27 in the title game against Iowa. Had they kept blocked shots as a statistic back then, he surely would have set records in that category, too. But he wasn't just a defensive-minded player. In 1955, he was named Most Outstanding Player, scoring 23.5 per game in the Final Four. -- Dana O'Neil