Can You Name These College Basketball Championship Teams from a Logo?

By: Monica Lee
Image: Loyola Chicago U/University of Cincinnati/University of Iowa/University of Connecticut

About This Quiz

Whether you can identify college basketball teams by the colors they wear or the team logos, there is a rich history behind the simple graphics of all the championship winners shown in this quiz. For instance, the unlikely Utah Ukes winning as a last-minute replacement for the Arkansas Razorbacks, or the ethical strength shown by Loyola Chicago by being the first to break the coach's "gentlemen agreement" by playing more than one or two black team members at the same time. 

The logos represent the teams who were counted on to bring victory to the fans. It represents the innovative coaches such as Bob Knight and John Wooden as well as the Most Valuable Players like Donte DiVincenzo of Villanova in 2018 and many others. Most of the logos shown are from teams that won the NCAA Men's Division Basketball Tournament but there are also some from the winners of The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC),  The Big 12 Conference and the Big Ten Conference, to name a few. 

This quiz may be harder than you think for even the biggest college basketball fan. It's a puzzle within the quiz as you will be shown a partial image of the logo and you'll need to compare the answers and eliminate unlikely choices to find the correct answer. Try it now. It may be a slam-dunk for you. 

This is the UCLA Bruins logo. UCLA holds the most national Men's Division Basketball Championships, with 11 national titles. The title of the winning-est coach goes to John Wooden, who coached UCLA to 10 of its 11 titles.

This is the logo of the The University of Kentucky (UK) Wildcats. After UCLA, the Wildcats are second in winning the most championships, with eight national titles.

North Carolina's Tar Heels' most recent win was in 2017, making it third among championships winners with six championships. Breathing on Tar Heels' neck to tie at third place are Duke and Indiana with five championships each.

Villanova Wildcats are the most recent champion, having defeated Michigan in the final of the 2018 tournament. A Catholic university, Villanova is located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The first NCAA Men's Division Basketball Tournament was on March 17, 1939. Oregon Webfoots were the first champions within this division.

Duke's Blue Devils won the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. Their coach, Mike Krzyzewski, became the first head coach in Division I men’s basketball history to win 1,000 games.

The Connecticut Huskies won the 2013-2014 NCAA Division I men's basketball. Due to sanctions resulting in penalties stemming from years of very poor GPA ratings, the Huskies were ineligible for all the postseason tournaments during the 2012-2013 season.

The 2012–13 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville and won the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. During that year, Peyton Siva became Louisville's 64th 1000-point scorer in a 64–38 victory over South Florida.

The Kansas Jayhawks won the 2007-2008 NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate basketball tournament, representing the University of Kansas. This was the third tournament title in the school's history and fifth national title overall.

Repeating their victory in the 2005-06 season, the 2006–07 Florida Gators men's basketball team won the NCAA Division I men's intercollegiate basketball tournament. The players, hailing from the University of Florida, also broke the NBA Draft record, with three players in Top 9 selections

The 2002–03 Syracuse Orangemen basketball team represented Syracuse University in the NCAA men's basketball competition Division I season. What was interesting was that the team won with just one senior, guard Kueth Duany.

The Maryland Terrapins won the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning the first national championship in school history. Gary Williams was awarded both the ACC Coach of the Year and the Eastern College Coach of the Year.

The 1999–2000 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team won the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship. That year, Mateen Cleaves received the award for the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

The Arizona Wildcats took away the championship from the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1996-1997 season. Several team players were drafted as first and second picks for the NBA during 1998 and 1999.

The 1993–94 Arkansas Razorbacks won the NCAA Division I men's basketball season over Duke in a 76-72 win. In that game, Scotty Thurman's high arching three-point shot with less than a minute to play earned the Razorbacks its first national championship in school history.

The University of Nevada's Runnin' Rebels basketball team won the NCAA Division I men's competition in the 1989–90 season. The nickname "Runnin' Rebels" is unique to men's basketball at UNLV. Usually the nickname for men's sports teams at the school is "Rebels", while all the women's teams are known as "Lady Rebels".

The head coach, Bill Frieder, did not coach the Michigan Wolverines and win the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Frieder was fired on the eve of the NCAA Tournament when athletic director, Bo Schembechler, learned he had accepted the head coach position at Arizona State for the following season.

The Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University in the 1986-1987 NCAA tournament, winning the title. The head coach at the time was Bobby Knight, who was in his 16th year. Knight was one of only two coaches to win NCAA championships—as a player and coach.

The Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team played for the Georgetown University in the 1983–84 NCAA Division I basketball season. They remain the only Georgetown men's basketball team to win a national championship.

It's not surprising that the North Carolina State Wolfpack men's basketball team won the 1973–74 NCAA tournament. The team finished undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season, then won the ACC Tournament.

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), formerly known as the Texas Western, made history by winning the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament with an all-black starting lineup. The Texas Western Miners were led by Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins.

The 1962–63 men's basketball not only won the NCAA tournament, they also broke the so-called "gentlemen's agreement" among coaches where no more than two black players would be on the floor at one time. Head coach, George Ireland, would regularly have three or four black starters.

The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team represented University of Cincinnati, won the National Championship for two years in a row (1961 and 1962). Cincinnati played its way out from under the shadow of in-state rival Ohio State by beating the Buckeyes in the title game each time.

Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team won the 1959-60 NCAA championship title, becoming the only basketball team to win a national title in Ohio State history. But they didn't just win, they won big. THe Buckeyes' shooting percentage was a remarkable 67.4 percent, and its victory margin was the largest in the 22-year history of the NCAA finals.

The California Golden Bears men's basketball team from the University of California, Berkeley won the 1958–59 NCAA Championship. One major winning factor was their coach, Pete Newell, and his team-oriented, defensive style.

The 1949–50 CCNY Beavers men's basketball team from the City College of New York was made up of "kids from the sidewalks of New York City." Unlike today, where colleges recruit players from all over the country, the 1950 CCNY team made the most with they had, and won the championship!

The 1946–47 Holy Cross Crusaders men's basketball team from The College of the Holy Cross won the NCAA competition. What was truly remarkable was that the Crusaders entered the tournament as the last seed in the eight-team tournament and won it!

The 1945–46 Oklahoma A&M Aggies from Oklahoma State University were on a high when they won their second NCAA championship in a row. Oklahoma A&M changed its name to Oklahoma State in 1957. At that time they also changed new athletic nicknames for the men and women's teams, "Cowboys" and "Cowgirls" respectively.

This is a story about how a replacement team captured the Mountain States Conference championship and its only national championship. The Arkansas Razorbacks team was debilitated by an auto accident prior to the NCAA tournament, and had to withdraw. In need of a replacement, the NCAA committee turned to Utah, and the Utes won the tournament.

It was exciting for the 1942–43 Wyoming Cowboys basketball team to win the NCAA men's competition--the Cowboys were the first basketball team from the Rocky Mountains to win an NCAA Basketball Championship.

1942 was a good year for the Stanford Indians (now known as Cardinals). They won their first and only NCAA basketball championship. Stanford was retro-actively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

The Wisconsin Badgers won their first and only NCAA Tournament Championship in the 1940–1941 season. The head coach was Bud Foster, coaching his seventh season with the Badgers to victory.

The 2005–06 Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball team from the University of Iowa won the Big Ten Conference during the 2005-06 season. The Hawkeyes' colors are yellow and black.

The Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team from Purdue University won the Big Ten Conference title in the 2008–09 season. The head coach was Matt Painter, who was then in his 4th season with the Boilers.

The Missouri Tigers men's basketball team won the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament during the 2008–09 season which was the first time in school history. The teams' colors are black and gold.

The Iowa State Cyclones men's basketball team from Iowa State University won the 2014, 2015 and 2017 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament. Although they won three times, they had two different coaches, Fred Hoiberg for the 2014 and 2015 season and Steve Prohm for the 2017 season.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks Men's Basketball team won the 2016-17 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The Fighting Hawks were led by 11th-year head coach Brian Jones.

The most recent winners of the The Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament were the Montana Grizzlies from the University of Montana. The Grizzlies, led by fourth-year head coach Travis DeCuire, won the 2017–18 season.

With ten tournament titles and twenty two conference titles, the 2015–16 Weber State Wildcats win in The Big Sky Conference was not an unusual occurrence. Weber State University is located in Ogden, Utah.

The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks men's basketball team from Northern Arizona University won the Big Sky Conference four times since joining in 1970. The most recent win was in 2006.

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