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FiveThirtyEight.com: UConn Programs Best Ever

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FiveThirtyEight.com: UConn Programs Best Ever

The giant Jumbotron screen at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas declares the UConn Huskies as national champions after the team's victory over the Kentucky Wildcats on April 7, 2014.

Want more reason to celebrate the two national titles the men's and women's teams added to the collection this week? Thanks to fivethirtyeight.com, here ya go: UConn is now, without question, the best college basketball program of all time.

According to author Carl Bialik, "The championships moved UConn into an indisputable lead as the most successful overall Division I college basketball program, when accounting for men’s and women’s achievements."

Previously, Jim Calhoun and Geno Auriemma first won simultaneous titles in 2004, and now, a decade later, it's happened again.

More via Bialik:

UConn’s men’s and women’s teams, combined, have the most titles, the most tournament wins, the highest winning percentage and the highest average margin of victory in the NCAA tournament in Division I since 1951. The race was a close one until a few weeks ago, but UConn’s success this year coincided with stumbles by its two closest rivals in the category: Duke and Tennessee. It’s a remarkable achievement for UConn, which two decades ago hadn’t won any Division I basketball titles, men’s or women’s.Heading into the Big Dance, UConn, Duke and Tennessee were all in the running for most successful programs, but Duke managed just one win between them, while the Vols accounted for four. The Huskies had 12.

In fact, according to Bialik, UConn's only real competition comes from UCLA, which won 10 national titles during the John Wooden era.

But the Bruins’ success has hardly been balanced: UCLA has won as many titles in the men’s tournament as it has won games in the women’s tournament. In fact, outside of Storrs, Conn., and a trio of Atlantic Coast Conference schools — Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — few of the leaders in combined basketball success have been truly successful in men’s and women’s hoops. Tennessee has a losing record in the men’s tournament even after this year’s run, and Stanford gets most of its wins from the women’s side.

If anything, it's a testament to the programs Calhoun and Auriemma built, and Kevin Ollie has sustained.

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