March Madness Champions History

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March Madness champions history
The most recent school to make the March Madness champions history list was Virginia, winning their first national championship in 2019. (photo credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

The March Madness champions history is filled with programs of the highest pedigree as well as names you might not normally think of as college basketball powerhouses today.

UCLA tops the March Madness champions history with 11 national titles, the most of any college basketball program. The school's last national championship came in 1995.

In all, 15 schools have won multiple national championships. Kentucky sits just behind UCLA, making March Madness champions history with 8 titles.

Florida is the last school to win consecutive championships, last doing so in 2006-07.

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March Madness Champions History – The past 5 NCAA Men's Basketball winners

YearWinner (Record)Opponent Score
2019Virginia (35-3)Texas Tech85-77 (OT)
2018Villanova (36-4)Michigan79-62
2017North Carolina (33-7)Gonzaga71-65
2016Villanova (35-5)North Carolina77-74
2015Duke (35-4)Wisconsin68-63

March Madness Champions History – All previous winners

YearWinner (Record)OpponentScore
2014Connecticut (32-8)Kentucky60-54
2013Louisville (35-5)*Michigan82-76
2012Kentucky (38-2)Kansas67-59
2011Connecticut (32-9)Butler53-41
2010Duke (35-5)Butler61-59
2009North Carolina (34-4)Michigan State89-72
2008Kansas (37-3)Memphis75-68 (OT)
2007Florida (35-5)Ohio State84-75
2006Florida (33-6)UCLA73-57
2005North Carolina (33-4)Illinois75-70
2004Connecticut (33-6)Georgia Tech82-73
2003Syracuse (30-5)Kansas81-78
2002Maryland (32-4)Indiana64-52
2001Duke (35-4)Arizona82-72
2000Michigan State (32-7)Florida89-76
1999Connecticut (34-2)Duke77-74
1998Kentucky (35-4)Utah78-69
1997Arizona (25-9)Kentucky84-79 (OT)
1996Kentucky (34-2)Syracuse76-67
1995UCLA (31-2)Arkansas89-78
1994Arkansas (31-3)Duke76-72
1993North Carolina (34-4)Michigan77-71
1992Duke (34-2)Michigan71-51
1991Duke (32-7)Kansas72-65
1990UNLV (35-5)Duke103-73
1989Michigan (30-7)Seton Hall80-79 (OT)
1988Kansas (27-11)Oklahoma83-79
1987Indiana (30-4)Syracuse74-73
1986Louisville (32-7)Duke72-69
1985Villanova (25-10)Georgetown66-64
1984Georgetown (34-3)Houston84-75
1983North Carolina State (26-10)Houston54-52
1982North Carolina (32-2)Georgetown63-62
1981Indiana (26-9)North Carolina63-50
1980Louisville (33-3)UCLA59-54
1979Michigan State (26-6)Indiana State75-64
1978Kentucky (30-2)Duke94-88
1977Marquette (25-7)North Carolina67-59
1976Indiana (32-0)Michigan86-68
1975UCLA (28-3)Kentucky92-85
1974North Carolina State (30-1)Marquette76-64
1973UCLA (30-0)Memphis State87-66
1972UCLA (30-0)Florida State81-76
1971UCLA (29-1)Villanova68-62
1970UCLA (28-2)Jacksonville80-69
1969UCLA (29-1)Purdue92-72
1968UCLA (29-1)North Carolina78-55
1967UCLA (30-0)Dayton79-64
1966UTEP (28-1)Kentucky72-65
1965UCLA (28-2)Michigan91-80
1964UCLA (30-0)Duke98-83
1963Loyola (Ill.) (29-2)Cincinnati60-58 (OT)
1962Cincinnati (29-2)Ohio State71-59
1961Cincinnati (27-3)Ohio State70-65 (OT)
1960Ohio State (25-3)California75-55
1959California (25-4)West Virginia71-70
1958Kentucky (23-6)Seattle84-72
1957North Carolina (32-0)Kansas54-53 (3OT)
1956San Francisco (29-0)Iowa83-71
1955San Francisco (28-1)LaSalle77-63
1954La Salle (26-4)Bradley92-76
1953Indiana (23-3)Kansas69-68
1952Kansas (28-3)St. John's80-63
1951Kentucky (32-2)Kansas State68-58
1950CCNY (24-5)Bradley71-68
1949Kentucky (32-2)Oklahoma A&M46-36
1948Kentucky (36-3)Baylor58-42
1947Holy Cross (27-3)Oklahoma58-47
1946Oklahoma State (31-2)North Carolina43-40
1945Oklahoma State (27-4)NYU49-45
1944Utah (21-4)Dartmouth42-40 (OT)
1943Wyoming (31-2)Georgetown46-34
1942Stanford (28-4)Dartmouth53-38
1941Wisconsin (20-3)Washington State39-34
1940Indiana (20-3)Kansas60-42
1939Oregon (29-5)Ohio State46-33

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