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

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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

IllinoisIllinois
MissouriMissouri

Ohio State vs. Michigan

OSUOSU
MichMich

Louisville vs. Kentucky

LouisvilleLouisville
KentuckyKentucky

California vs. Stanford

CalCal
stanfordstanford

UCLA vs. USC

UCLAUCLA
USCUSC

Cincinnati vs. Xavier

CincyCincy
XAvierXAvier

Indiana vs. Purdue

IndianaIndiana
PurduePurdue

Syracuse vs. UConn

CuseCuse
UconnUconn

Duke vs. North Carolina

DukeDuke
UNCUNC

Georgetown vs. Villanova

HoyasHoyas
NovaNova

Marquette vs. Wisconsin

MarquetteMarquette
WisconsinWisconsin

Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s

ZagsZags
StMarysStMarys

Iowa vs. Iowa State

IowaIowa
IowaStateIowaState

Kansas vs. Kansas State

KansasKansas
KansasStateKansasState

Alabama vs. LSU

BamaBama

LSULSU


Tennessee vs. Memphis

TennTenn

MemphisMemphis


Texas vs. Arkansas

TexasTexas
ArkansasArkansas

Georgia vs. Georgia Tech

UGAUGA
GTGT

Washington vs. Washington State

WashWash
WazzouWazzou

Wake Forest vs North Carolina State

WakeWake
NCstateNCstate

Brigham Young vs. Utah

ByuByu
UtahUtah

Florida vs. Florida State

FloridaFlorida
FSUFSU

DePaul vs. Notre Dame

depauldepaul
NDND

Clemson vs. South Carolina

CLemsonCLemson
carolinacarolina

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

OUOU
OKSTOKST

Santa Clara vs. San Francisco

SantaClaraSantaClara

SanFranSanFran


St. John’s vs. Providence

StJohnsStJohns
ProvidenceProvidence

Arizona vs. Arizona State

ZonaZona
ASUASU

Michigan vs. Michigan State

MichMich
MSUMSU

Duke vs. Maryland

DukeDuke
TerpsTerps

Rutgers vs. Seton Hall

rutgersrutgers
SetonhallSetonhall

Holy Cross vs. UMass

HolyCrossHolyCross
umassumass

Temple vs. La Salle

TempleTemple
LaSalleLaSalle

West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh

WVUWVU
PittPitt

Bonus: Just ‘Cause

uteputep
HoustonHouston

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. 

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/sports/college-basketball-rivalries-all-time-teams/852172/

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