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Mitch Barnhart defined this year's championship-winning basketball team with "unselfish." John Calipari routinely pointed out that the team's two best players, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -- who might go 1-2 in the NBA Draft -- took the fourth- and fifth-highest shot attempts. Five players averaged at least 10 points per game, and a sixth was at 9.9.

So yes, we knew this UK team was extraordinarily balanced on offense. But how do they compare offensively?

Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn took a look at the offensive balance, using possession percentage, of the last 16 champions. And the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats were at the top of the rankings.

Kentucky '12 is the most balanced title team of the past 16 years -- and potentially much longer than that, if the data were available to prove it. To have top-two draft picks using just 19.2 and 21.4 percent of possessions is not in any way normal. This is what's more typical: The No. 1 pick in 2011, Kyrie Irving, used 27.2 percent of Duke's possessions, and the No. 2 pick Derrick Williams, used 28.7 percent of Arizona's. The No. 1 pick in 2010, Kentucky's John Wall, had a usage rage of 27.3, and the No. 2 pick, Ohio State's Evan Turner, used 34.3.

And what team came in at No. 2? The 1997-98 Kentucky Wildcats.

Tubby Smith's first Wildcats team was a classic, no-star crew, lacking a Lottery Pick or a first-team All-America rep. The only champs since to fit the same, unsung profile are 2009-10 Duke, whose best player, Jon Scheyer, was a second-team All-American and a second-round pick in the NBA draft.

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