Winterset Resurrection, on 21 March 2017 - 10:29 AM, said:
In defense of Coach K, the landscape of college basketball has also changed greatly over the past 20 years. With scholarship limits, there are countless players that could be part of a Duke or a UNC based on talent, but have to take their abilities elsewhere.
The result is a much deeper, more dangerous level of teams below the elite powerhouses, which absolutely can pull off upsets on a given night. It makes the tournament a heck of a lot more fun for non-fans of powerhouse teams, and is great for the sport overall, but prevents teams from having dynasties like they used to.
There may be some different names among the elite teams but I don't think there's any fewer powerhouse teams than there used to be.
And Duke sure isn't an argument. They are quite clearly still a powerhouse. Those fans are idiots. Didn't Duke just win a Championship like one fuckin year ago? I briefly looked it up.
1990s 32-7 2 championships
2000 23-9 1 championship
2010 19-5 2 championships
and they're on pace to equal the run in the 90s.
Here, look at this list of NCAA upsets.
There's been a bunch of no-name teams that beat dynasty teams back in the 80s and 90s.
edit: or just look at PSU's comment, a one game sample can easily lead to some upsets.