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What If Rival College Basketball Teams Used Their Best Players Of All Time? (Photos)

Basketball may have been back in our lives for a while now with the return of the NBA, but there are just some things about the college game that cannot be matched.

The atmosphere, the tradition, the unmistakably different style of play; all of these unique facets keep us tuned in as the excitement of the season rises like a crescendo to the main event: March Madness.

But even past the NCAA Tournament, there’s one feature of college basketball that stands above the rest: rivalries. And the best of these heated matchups always have a way of capturing our imagination, whether it prompts questions of which program is better, or even, which has produced the best players.

Diving into the latter question, much like imagining NBA dream teams of hometown players, is a throughly fun exercise especially.

After compiling the best talents ever developed by each program featured in college basketball’s greatest rivalries, we’ve come up with this: Here’s how those rivalries would look if they used the best players of our generation.

Illinois vs. Missouri

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Ohio State vs. Michigan*

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Louisville vs. Kentucky

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California vs. Stanford

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UCLA vs. USC

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Cincinnati vs. Xavier

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Indiana vs. Purdue*

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Syracuse vs. UConn*

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Duke vs. North Carolina

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Georgetown vs. Villanova*

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Marquette vs. Wisconsin

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Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s

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Iowa vs. Iowa State*

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Kansas vs. Kansas State

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Alabama vs. LSU

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Tennessee vs. Memphis

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Texas vs. Arkansas

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Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

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Washington vs. Washington State

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Wake Forest vs North Carolina State*

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Brigham Young vs. Utah

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Florida vs. Florida State

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DePaul vs. Notre Dame

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Clemson vs. South Carolina

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Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

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Santa Clara vs. San Francisco

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St. John’s vs. Providence

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Arizona vs. Arizona State

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Michigan vs. Michigan State

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Duke vs. Maryland

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Rutgers vs. Seton Hall

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Holy Cross vs. UMass

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Temple vs. La Salle

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West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh

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Bonus: Just ‘Cause

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Disagree with any of the selections above? Let us know who you would choose for the all-legend teams of college basketball’s greatest rivalries. 


*This was always meant to end up becoming a crowdsourced list, and the people have spoken. Rivalries with asterisks reflect changes to the original selections.

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Joseph is a Senior Writer, Editor and early member of the Elite Daily team. He studied Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and will probably call Jersey home forever.
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