The 8 Best Final Four Teams Ever

1983 Houston Cougars

How talented were the '82-'83 Houston Cougars? Well, they had two of the fifty best players in professional basketball history, amidst a roster of other draft picks and future pros. Individually Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon would spend years demonstrating their capacity to dominate NBA games and playoff series almost entirely on their own. As college teammates they ran roughshod over the competition, compiling a 31-3 record and bullying their way into the Final Four for the first of two consecutive years, only to lose to heavy underdog North Carolina State on an unlikely last-second dunk. The indelible image of NC State's ecstatic celebration juxtaposed with the astonishment and dejection of the Cougars' Phi Slamma Jamma superstars remains one of the most compelling in college basketball history. The Cougars would lose again in the finals the following year, begging the question of whether this was the single most talented squad never to get the job fully done. 

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