UCLA Not Best College Basketball Program of All-Time
(South Bend, IN)
If the criteria is championships, UCLA is the clear winner. But that is only one part of college basketball. Further, to use NBA draftees as a criteria for a college basketball program's greatness is short-sighted. There are plenty of student athletes who go pro--and even excel in those ranks--who came out of schools that did not have stellar basketball programs.
No, the criteria needs to be several items in order to establish an overall best program. All time wins, overall winning percentage, longevity across the years, and so on should be the way to decide which program is the overall best.
As a side note (since you put Kentucky into the evaluation), a Wooden coached UCLA team never won against a Rupp coached Kentucky team. Check the UCLA website for all their seasons and you will see Wooden is 0 and 3 against Rupp.
Wooden's first--and only--win against Kentucky was after Rupp retired when he beat Joe B. Hall's Kentucky team. You will also see that Kentucky holds the edge on UCLA over the years (6 and 4). Then, prior to wooden, UCLA was not a contender in college basketball. They have never paralleled Wooden's tenure.
To be sure, UCLA is like the Roman Empire of college basketball. But Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, and several other universities are true dynasties. These schools and a few others have maintained the dominance they had before Wooden took over at Westwood long after Wooden retired.
Don't get me wrong. Wooden is undoubtedly the best college basketball coach ever. But UCLA is not the best program ever.