In College Basketball, ‘blue bloods’ are historically good programs. There are only a few schools that are a part of this elite class. I think most people can agree that UCLA, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina are historically classified as blue bloods based on their tradition and success.
Since this decade is coming to an end, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on the past nine seasons of college basketball to see who really has dominated the game. Throw all previous history into the trash. Which schools would be the ‘blue bloods’ of this decade?
Note: The 2009-2010 season is not included because it started in the previous decade. These stats are based on the nine seasons from 2010-11 to 2018-19.
The best way to measure this is by winning percentage and tournament success.
Here are the top 10 schools in winning percentage this decade:
One way to measure tournament success is based on the number of games played in the NCAA Tournament. This shows that the school is getting deep into the tournament a lot.
The last factor we will look at is Final Four appearances and National Championships of teams who appeared in the first two charts:
Taking all three of these stats into account, we can come up with our blue bloods.
Blue Bloods of this Decade:
The Blue Devils have continued their greatness this decade. They have the third-highest winning percentage and have won 25 or more games in all nine seasons under Coach K. Duke has been a 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament seven times and has reached the Sweet-16 six times this decade.
Gonzaga has won a ridiculous 85% of their games this decade. Sure, they play an easy conference schedule in the West Coast Conference, but their postseason results speak for themselves. The ‘Zags have reached five straight Sweet 16’s and no other team in the country has done that.
The Jayhawks have been ranked for every week of this decade. They won the Big-12 regular-season title EIGHT consecutive times this decade and own the second-highest winning percentage since the 2010-11 season. Kansas has been a 1 or 2 seed eight times this decade, making two Final Fours.
Calipari has led this Wildcats team to six Sweet 16 appearances and four Final Fours, giving Kentucky the most tournament games played this decade. They own the fourth-highest winning percentage and have played in two national championships, winning one. Kentucky has won a total of 26 games or more in seven seasons.
The Tarheels have finished first in the ACC five times this decade. Roy Williams has coached them to at least 24 wins in every season since 2010-11, making six sweet-16’s and two national championship appearances.
Villanova has won the new Big East regular-season title five out of six times and Jay Wright’s teams have put up four 30 win seasons this decade. Villanova’s two national championships are tied for the most this decade and they have the second-most wins (191) since the 2013-14 season.
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