Ranking every Final Four logo from 1979 to 2020

Eli Boettger | @boettger_eli | 02/17/2020

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Why rank every Final Four logo since 1979? Well, why not?

With the Final Four now less than two months away, teams are jockeying for position in hopes of setting up a magical run that will conclude April 6 in Atlanta.

In the meantime, let’s rank each year’s Final Four logo since Magic Johnson and Larry Bird met for a national title in 1979.

42. 1982 — New Orleans

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There is some old-school appeal with the ball and net, but … yikes.

41. 1988 — Kansas City

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Probably not the best color scheme for a Final Four logo.

40. 2003 — New Orleans

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I lOvE tHe FiNaL FoUr EvEn If ThE lOgO’s FoNt Is TeRrIbLe.

39. 1991 — Indianapolis

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38. 1994 — Charlotte

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37. 1986 — Dallas

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Using a ‘D’ as the logo’s outline is a nice touch in an otherwise strange logo.

36. 1980 — Indianapolis

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The font almost feels somewhat modern? Maybe?

35. 1997 — Indianapolis

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Not a great logo track record thus far for Indy Final Fours.

34. 1998 — San Antonio

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33. 2001 — Minneapolis

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32. 1993 — New Orleans

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Long live the verticality of old Final Four logos.

31. 2015 — Indianapolis

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30. 2016 — Houston

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29. 2020 — Atlanta

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Not exactly kicking off the new decade with much creativity.

28. 1989 — Seattle

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27. 2006 — Indianapolis

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“Hurry up, this is due in 15 minutes.”

26. 2014 — Arlington

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25. 1979 — Salt Lake City

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Would definitely consider picking up some 1979 Final Four merch at the local thrift store.

24. 2011 — Houston

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23. 1983 — Albuquerque

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22. 1990 — Denver

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21. 2007 — Atlanta

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20. 2010 — Indianapolis

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19. 2018 — San Antonio

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18. 2013 — Atlanta

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17. 1981 — Philadelphia

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The simplicity of this one works in its favor. Not bad for ’81.

16. 1992 — Minneapolis

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Much better execution here than in 2001 (see No. 33).

15. 2004 — San Antonio

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14. 2000 — Indianapolis

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Does this logo look like it could be outside of a party supplies store? You bet it does!

13. 2017 — Phoenix

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12. 1984 — Seattle

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RIP Sonics.

11. 2002 — Atlanta

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10. 2019 — Minneapolis

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Trees on top and water on the bottom. This a pretty complete logo.

9. 1996 — East Rutherford

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8. 2005 — St. Louis

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7. 1995 — Seattle

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6. 2012 — New Orleans

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Font game here is strong. That shade of green might annoy some folks but it works here.

5. 2009 — Detroit

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Plenty of Motor City feel with this one.

4. 2008 — San Antonio

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Anyone capable of utilizing a cowboy hat in a Final Four logo in such an attractive way deserves a raise.

3. 1985 — Lexington

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Kentucky Derby with a side of March Madness. Fun crossover.

2. 1987 — New Orleans

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There is so much going on here and I love it.

1. 1999 — Tampa Bay

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If this doesn’t make you want to go outside and shoot hoops on a sunny afternoon, nothing will. This logo is simply flawless.