NCAA Tournament Championship: Finals Records of Every School

The Connecticut Huskies Won The NCAA Tournament In 1999, 2004 And 2011 (Top To Bottom). Now They Are Going For Number Four, Or Their First Loss In The Title Game.

The Connecticut Huskies Won The NCAA Tournament In 1999, 2004 And 2011 (Top To Bottom). Now They Are Going For Number Four, Or Their First Loss In The Title Game.

UConn – seventh-seeded Connecticut – has upset the South’s No. 1 seed, Florida, to make it to the 2014 National Finals. Wouldn’t it be wild if the Huskies met the eighth-seeded Kentucky Wildcats in the Championship Game?

Only one eight seed went on to win it all: the 1985 Villanova Wildcats (over one-seeded Georgetown, video here). No seven seed has ever won it. In fact, only four schools seeded worse than No. 3 took home the title.

No. 1 seed Wisconsin might have something to say about such a Finals matchup. At the time of this writing, the Badgers are ahead of the Wildcats by seven.

Either way, though, the UConn Huskies are in the big game – and if they win, they’ll have the all-time best NCAA Tournament Championship Game record (by W-L percentage) at 4-0.

Currently, they are tied with last season’s champions, the Louisville Cardinals, at 3-0.

Meanwhile, Kentucky has a chance to go for a ninth championship (if they get past Wisconsin).

What about UCLA, you say? Well, the Bruins did win 11 titles, but lost two, too, giving them an .846 all-time National Finals percentage. Obviously, at least in this instance, 11-2 beats most (all?) of the undefeateds. Which would you rather be, 11-2 or 1-0 in title shots? That’s an easy one.

Here, though, we’re going by that ol’ W-L percentage to come up with the sorted list below.

How about Duke at 4-6, Kansas at 3-6 and Michigan at 1-6? Ouch. Those are the most losses in Championship Game history.

SCHOOL W L
W-L PCT. CHAMPIONS RUNNERS-UP
Connecticut  3 0 1.000 1999, 2004, 2011  
Louisville  3 0 1.000 1980, 1986, 2013  
North Carolina State  2 0 1.000 1974, 1983  
San Francisco  2 0 1.000 1955, 1956  
Baylor  1 0 1.000 1948  
CCNY  1 0 1.000 1950  
Holy Cross  1 0 1.000 1947  
Loyola Chicago  1 0 1.000 1963  
Maryland  1 0 1.000 2002  
Oregon  1 0 1.000 1939  
Stanford  1 0 1.000 1942  
Texas Western  1 0 1.000 1966  
UNLV  1 0 1.000 1990  
Wisconsin  1 0 1.000 1941  
Wyoming  1 0 1.000 1943  
UCLA  11 2 .846 1964, 1965, 1967-1973, 1975, 1995 1980, 2006
Indiana  5 1 .833 1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987 2002
Kentucky  8 3 .727 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012 1966, 1975, 1997
Cincinnati  2 1 .667 1961, 1962 1963
Florida  2 1 .667 2006, 2007 2000
Michigan State  2 1 .667 1979, 2000 2009
Oklahoma A&M  2 1 .667 1945, 1946 1949
North Carolina  5 4 .556 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009 1946, 1968, 1977, 1981
Arizona  1 1 .500 1997 2001
Arkansas  1 1 .500 1994 1995
California  1 1 .500 1959 1960
La Salle  1 1 .500 1954 1955
Marquette  1 1 .500 1977 1974
Utah  1 1 .500 1944 1998
Villanova  1 1 .500 1985 1971
Duke  4 6 .400 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 1964, 1978, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1999
Kansas  3 6 .333 1952, 1988, 2008 1940, 1953, 1957, 1991, 2003, 2012
Syracuse  1 2 .333 2003 1987, 1996
Georgetown  1 3 .250 1984 1943, 1982, 1985
Ohio State  1 4 .200 1960 1939, 1961, 1962, 2007
Michigan  1 6 .143 1989 1965, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2013
Bradley  0 2 .000   1950, 1954
Butler  0 2 .000   2010, 2011
Dartmouth  0 2
.000   1942, 1944
Houston  0 2 .000   1983, 1984
Oklahoma  0 2 .000   1947, 1988
Dayton  0 1 .000   1967
Florida State  0 1 .000   1972
Georgia Tech  0 1 .000   2004
Illinois  0 1 .000   2005
Indiana State  0 1 .000   1979
Iowa  0 1 .000   1956
Jacksonville  0 1 .000   1970
Kansas State  0 1 .000   1951
Memphis  0 1 .000   2008
Memphis State  0 1 .000   1973
NYU  0 1 .000   1945
Purdue  0 1 .000   1969
Seattle  0 1 .000   1958
Seton Hall  0 1 .000   1989
St. John’s  0 1 .000   1952
Washington State  0 1 .000   1941
West Virginia  0 1 .000   1959

Photos (top to bottom): AP via sportingnews.com / lostletterman.com / foxsports.com

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