Category Archives: NCAA Basketball

Duke and Schools with the Most NCAA Tournament Championship Game Losses

Duke Lost Its Last (And Sixth) NCAA Championship Game In 1999 To The Connecticut Huskies

Duke Lost Its Last (And Sixth) NCAA Championship Game In 1999 To The Connecticut Huskies

Duke, of course, is one of the greatest schools in NCAA Tournament history, especially through the modern era. When you’re so good, you put yourself in position for big wins – but sometimes, also, for big losses.

The Blue Devils have lost the most NCAA Championship Games, for example. They and the Kansas Jayhawks have lost the final game six times.

Duke has lost to six different schools, and if Wisconsin does to it what it did to Kentucky a couple of days ago, the Badgers will become the seventh (and give Duke sole possession of the record).

Michigan rounds out the top three with five losses of its own.

At least Duke and Kansas have won four and three titles apiece. Michigan is 1-5 all time in the Finals. You can see every school’s NCAA Championship Game W-L record here, in a previous Sports List of the Day post.

RUNNER-UP L YEARS WINNER
1. Duke 6 1964 UCLA
1978 Kentucky
1986 Louisville
1990 UNLV
1994 Arkansas
1999 Connecticut
1. Kansas 6 1940 Indiana
1953 Indiana
1957 North Carolina
1991 Duke
2003 Syracuse
2012 Kentucky
3. Michigan 5 1965 UCLA
1976 Indiana
1992 Duke
1993 North Carolina
2013 Louisville
4. North Carolina 4 1946 Oklahoma State
1968 UCLA
1977 Marquette
1981 Indiana
4. Ohio State 4 1939 Oregon
1961 Cincinnati
1962 Cincinnati
2007 Florida
4. Kentucky 4 1966 UTEP
1975 UCLA
1997 Arizona
2014 Connecticut
7. Georgetown 3 1943 Wyoming
1982 North Carolina
1985 Villanova
8. UCLA 2 1980 Louisville
2006 Florida
8. Syracuse 2 1987 Indiana
1996 Kentucky
8. Bradley 2 1950 CCNY
1954 La Salle
8. Butler 2 2010 Duke
2011 Connecticut
8. Dartmouth 2 1942 Stanford
1944 Utah
8. Houston 2 1983 NC State
1984 Georgetown
8. Oklahoma 2 1947 Holy Cross
1988 Kansas
15. Indiana 1 2002 Maryland
15. Cincinnati 1 1963 Loyola (Ill.)
15. Florida 1 2000 Michigan State
15. Michigan State 1 2009 North Carolina
15. Oklahoma A&M 1 1949 Kentucky
15. Arizona 1 2001 Duke
15. Arkansas 1 1995 UCLA
15. California 1 1960 Ohio State
15. La Salle 1 1955 San Francisco
15. Marquette 1 1974 NC State
15. Utah 1 1998 Kentucky
15. Villanova 1 1971 UCLA
15. Dayton 1 1967 UCLA
15. Florida State 1 1972 UCLA
15. Georgia Tech 1 2004 Connecticut
15. Illinois 1 2005 North Carolina
15. Indiana State 1 1979 Michigan State
15. Iowa 1 1956 San Francisco
15. Jacksonville 1 1970 UCLA
15. Kansas State 1 1951 Kentucky
15. Memphis 1 2008 Kansas
15. Memphis State 1 1973 UCLA
15. NYU 1 1945 Oklahoma State
15. Purdue 1 1969 UCLA
15. Seattle 1 1958 Kentucky
15. Seton Hall 1 1989 Michigan
15. St. John’s 1 1952 Kansas
15. Washington State 1 1941 Wisconsin
15. West Virginia 1 1959 California

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Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden and Coaches with the Most Final Four Appearances

John Wooden And Mike Krzyzewski Have 12 Final Four Appearances, The Record For A Head Coach

John Wooden And Mike Krzyzewski Have 12 Final Four Appearances, The Record For A Head Coach

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COACH FINAL FOUR APPEARANCES W-L W L SCHOOL: SEASON
1. John Wooden 12 10-2 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 1962, 1974 UCLA: 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975
1. Mike Krzyzewski 12 8-3 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2010 1988, 1989, 2004 Duke: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010, 2015
3. Dean Smith 11 5-6 1968, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1993 1967, 1969, 1972, 1991, 1995, 1997 North Carolina: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997
4. Tom Izzo 7 2-4 2000, 2009 1999, 2001, 2005, 2010 Michigan State: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015
4. Rick Pitino 7 3-4 1996, 1997, 2013 1987, 1993, 2005, 2012 Providence: 1987; Kentucky: 1993, 1996, 1997; Louisville: 2005, 2012, 2013
4. Roy Williams 7 4-3 1991, 2003, 2005, 2009 1993, 2002, 2008 Kansas: 1991, 1993, 2002, 2003; North Carolina: 2005, 2008, 2009
7. Denny Crum 6 2-4 1980, 1986 1972, 1975, 1982, 1983 Louisville: 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986
7. Adolph Rupp 6 5-1 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966 1942 Kentucky: 1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966
7. John Calipari 6 3-2 2008, 2012, 2014 1996, 2011 Massachusetts: 1996; Memphis: 2008; Kentucky: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
10. Bob Knight 5 3-2 1976, 1981, 1987 1973, 1992 Indiana: 1973, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992
10 Guy Lewis 5 2-3 1983, 1984 1967, 1968, 1982 Houston: 1967, 1968, 1982, 1983, 1984
10. Lute Olson 5 2-3 1997, 2001 1980, 1988, 1994 Iowa: 1980; Arizona: 1988, 1994, 1997, 2001
13. Jim Boeheim 4 3-1 1987, 1996, 2003 2013 Syracuse: 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013
13. Jim Calhoun 4 3-1 1999, 2004, 2011 2009 Connecticut: 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011
13. Billy Donovan 4 3-1 2000, 2006, 2007 2014 Florida: 2000, 2006, 2007, 2014
13. Jack Gardner 4 1-3 1951 1948, 1961, 1966 Kansas State: 1948, 1951; Utah: 1961, 1966
13. Henry Iba 4 3-1 1945, 1946, 1949 1951 Oklahoma State: 1945, 1946, 1949, 1951
13. Harold Olsen 4 1-3 1939 1944, 1945, 1946 Ohio State: 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946
13. Jerry Tarkanian 4 1-3 1990 1977, 1987, 1991 UNLV: 1977, 1987, 1990, 1991
13. Fred Taylor 4 3-1 1960, 1961, 1962 1968 Ohio State: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968

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NCAA Tournament: Lowest Seeds to Win in the Sweet Sixteen (1979-Present)

SWEET SIXTEEN WINNERS (SEEDS 8 AND WORSE)

WINNER LOSER SCORE YEAR REGION TEAMS IN FIELD
1. 12 Missouri 8 UCLA 82-73 2002 West 65
2. 11 LSU 2 Georgia Tech 70-64 1986 Southeast 64
2. 11 Loyola Marymount 7 Alabama 62-60 1990 West 64
2. 11 Temple 7 Penn State 84-72 2001 South 65
2. 11 George Mason 7 Wichita State 63-55 2006 Washington D.C. 65
2. 11 VCU 10 Florida State 72-71 2011 Southwest 68
2. 11 Dayton 10 Stanford 82-72 2014 South 68
8. 10 St. John’s 6 Rutgers 67-65 1979 East 40
8. 10 Dayton 6 Washington 64-58 1984 West 53
8. 10 LSU 3 DePaul 63-58 1987 Midwest 64
8. 10 Texas 6 Xavier 102-89 1990 Midwest 64
8. 10 Temple 3 Oklahoma State 72-63 1991 East 64
8. 10 Providence* 14 UT-Chatanooga 71-65 1997 Southeast 64
8. 10 Gonzaga 6 Florida 73-72 1999 West 64
8. 10 Kent State 3 Pittsburgh 78-73 2002 South 65
8. 10 Davidson 3 Wisconsin 73-56 2008 Midwest 65
17. 9 Pennsylvania 4 Syracuse 84-76 1979 East 40
17. 9 St. Joseph’s 5 Boston College 42-41 1981 Mideast 48
17. 9 Boston College 5 Indiana 77-68 1994 East 64
17. 9 Wichita State* 13 La Salle 72-58 2013 West 68
21. 8 UCLA 4 Ohio State 72-68 1980 West 48
21. 8 Kansas State 4 Illinois 57-52 1981 West 48
21. 8 Boston College 5 Kansas State 69-65 1982 Midwest 48
21. 8 Villanova 5 Maryland 46-43 1985 Southeast 64
21. 8 Auburn 4 UNLV 70-63 1986 West 64
21. 8 North Carolina 4 Tennessee 74-69 2000 South 64
21. 8 Wisconsin 4 LSU 61-48 2000 West 64
21. 8 Alabama 5 Syracuse 80-71 2004 Phoenix 65
21. 8 Butler 4 Wisconsin 61-54 2011 Southeast 68
21. 8 Kentucky 4 Louisville 74-69 2014 Midwest 68

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CHRONOLOGICAL

YEAR WINNER LOSER SCORE REGION TEAMS IN FIELD
1. 1979 10 St. John’s 6 Rutgers 67-65 East 40
2. 1979 9 Pennsylvania 4 Syracuse 84-76 East 40
3. 1980 8 UCLA 4 Ohio State 72-68 West 48
4. 1981 8 Kansas State 4 Illinois 57-52 West 48
5. 1981 9 St. Joseph’s 5 Boston College 42-41 Mideast 48
6. 1982 8 Boston College 5 Kansas State 69-65 Midwest 48
7. 1984 10 Dayton 6 Washington 64-58 West 53
8. 1985 8 Villanova 5 Maryland 46-43 Southeast 64
9. 1986 11 LSU 2 Georgia Tech 70-64 Southeast 64
10. 1986 8 Auburn 4 UNLV 70-63 West 64
11. 1987 10 LSU 3 DePaul 63-58 Midwest 64
12. 1990 10 Texas 6 Xavier 102-89 Midwest 64
13. 1990 11 Loyola Marymount 7 Alabama 62-60 West 64
14. 1991 10 Temple 3 Oklahoma State 72-63 East 64
15. 1994 9 Boston College 5 Indiana 77-68 East 64
16. 1997 10 Providence* 14 UT-Chatanooga 71-65 Southeast 64
17. 1999 10 Gonzaga 6 Florida 73-72 West 64
18. 2000 8 North Carolina 4 Tennessee 74-69 South 64
19. 2000 8 Wisconsin 4 LSU 61-48 West 64
20. 2001 11 Temple 7 Penn State 84-72 South 65
21. 2002 10 Kent State 3 Pittsburgh 78-73 South 65
22. 2002 12 Missouri 8 UCLA 82-73 West 65
23. 2004 8 Alabama 5 Syracuse 80-71 Phoenix 65
24. 2006 11 George Mason 7 Wichita State 63-55 Washington D.C. 65
25. 2008 10 Davidson 3 Wisconsin 73-56 Midwest 65
26. 2011 11 VCU 10 Florida State 72-71 Southwest 68
27. 2011 8 Butler 4 Wisconsin 61-54 Southeast 68
28. 2013 9 Wichita State* 13 La Salle 72-58 West 68
29. 2014 11 Dayton 10 Stanford 82-72 South 68
30. 2014 8 Kentucky 4 Louisville 74-69 Midwest 68

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