Wichita State and Schools That Entered the NCAA Basketball Tournament Undefeated (and Schools with Undefeated Seasons)
Wichita State is not only on the cusp of history, it’s already made some. The 2013-14 Shockers have the best record, 34-0, of any school entering the NCAA Tournament, ever. Only they and the 1990-91 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels took to the dance floor with at least 30 wins and no losses.
Wichita State is also the last team to finish the regular season undefeated since those Rebels, over 20 years ago.
If the Shockers can run the tourney, they will become only the ninth undefeated team in NCAA Basketball Division I history (going back to the first season with the tournament, 1938-39). They will also finish 39-0, the best record of all time.
Eighteen schools have entered the tournament undefeated (not including the Long Island University Blackbirds, who went on to the NIT, National Invitation Tournament). Seven of the undefeated squads went on to win the NCAA Tournament. The eighth, LIU, went on to win the NIT in 1938-39.
So, with seven of those undefeated teams winning it all, that gives a strictly statistical 38.8 percent chance of such a team going all the way (7/18).
But it’s more complicated than that. There hasn’t been an all-the-way team in about 40 years. The landscape and competition has changed drastically during that time. Also, four of the seven undefeated teams were John Wooden’s dynastic UCLA Bruins.
The odds are quite against the Shockers running the table. We’ll find out soon enough if the record books will be rewritten.Follow @VinGetz
SCHOOLS THAT ENTERED NCAA TOURNAMENT UNDEFEATED
|SCHOOL||SEASON||RECORD ENTERING NCAA TOURNAMENT||TOURNAMENT RESULT|
|2.||UNLV||1990-91||30-0||Lost in Final Four, 79-77, to eventual champion Duke|
|3.||Indiana State||1978-79||29-0||Lost Championship Game, 75-64, to Michigan State|
|4.||Rutgers||1975-76||28-0||Lost in Final Four, 86-70, to Michigan (who lost to Indiana in Championship Game)|
|5.||Indiana||1975-76||27-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Michigan, 86-68|
|6.||Indiana||1974-75||29-0||Lost in Elite Eight, 92-90, to Kentucky (who lost to UCLA in Championship Game)|
|7.||UCLA||1972-73||26-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Memphis, 87-66|
|8.||UCLA||1971-72||26-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Florida State, 81-76|
|9.||Pennsylvania||1970-71||26-0||Lost in Elite Eight, 90-47, to Villanova (who lost to UCLA in Championship Game)|
|10.||Marquette||1970-71||26-0||Lost in Sweet Sixteen, 60-59, to Ohio State (who lost to Western Kentucky in Elite Eight)|
|11.||St. Bonaventure||1967-68||28-0||Lost in Sweet Sixteen, 91-72, to North Carolina (who lost to UCLA in Championship Game)|
|12.||Houston||1967-68||28-0||Lost in Final Four, 101-69, to eventual champion UCLA|
|13.||UCLA||1966-67||26-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Dayton, 79-64|
|14.||UCLA||1963-64||26-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Duke, 98-83|
|15.||Ohio State||1960-61||24-0||Lost Championship Game, 70-65, to Cincinnati|
|16.||North Carolina||1956-57||27-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Kansas, 54-53|
|17.||San Francisco||1955-56||25-0||WON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP over Iowa, 83-71|
|18.||Columbia||1950-51||21-0||Lost in First Round, 79-71, to Illinois|
SCHOOL WITH UNDEFEATED SEASONS
|SCHOOL||UNDEFEATED SEASON||FINAL RECORD (REGULAR + POSTSEASON)|
|?||Wichita State||2013-14 (?)||TBD|
|8.||LIU (Long Island)
||1938-39||21-0 (WON NIT)
It only makes sense to check out the flip side of the coin, but with a bit of a caveat.
These are the schools that scored the fewest number of points in a single NCAA Tournament game, but…
Because the game of basketball – pro and amateur - has changed so much from its early days, from a much slower-paced and lower-scoring contest to a high octane, high-scoring affair, I felt it necessary to divide the rankings into two chronological chunks.
I used 1979 as the dividing year, somewhat arbitrarily, but also that is the first year the NCAA used seeding, so it seemed like a good place. The late 1970s and 1980s were also the decades that ushered in the modern era of big offense.
But the all-time record is worse than both, and it is held by a school of unquestionable basketball pedigree. In 1941, the North Carolina Tar Heels scored 20 points in the East’s Regional Semifinals.
Seventeen of the 20 all-time lowest point totals occurred between 1939 and 1949. Only three from the modern (1979-on) era make that list.
Schools noted with an asterisk actually won their game.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Mississippi Valley State (16)||29||UCLA (1)||70||Mar. 20, 2008||West||First Round|
|2.||Wisconsin (5)||32||Missouri State (12)||43||Mar. 12, 1999||East||First Round|
|3.||Montana (13)||34||Syracuse (4)||81||Mar. 21, 2013||East||Second Round|
|4.||Alabama State (16)||35||Michigan State (1)||69||Mar. 16, 2001||South||First Round|
|5.||Southern Methodist (9)||36||Georgetown (1)||37||Mar. 18, 1984||West||Second Round|
|6.||Georgetown (1) *||37||Southern Methodist (9)||36||Mar. 18, 1984||West||Second Round|
|6.||Winthrop (16)||37||Duke (1)||84||Mar. 14, 2002||South||First Round|
|8.||Valparaiso (16)||38||Michigan State (1)||65||Mar. 16, 2000||Midwest||First Round|
|8.||Ohio (14)||38||Kansas (3)||49||Mar. 14, 1985||Southeast||First Round|
|10.||Drexel (13)||39||Temple (4)||61||Mar. 18, 1994||East||First Round|
|11.||Winthrop (13)||40||Washington State (4)||71||Mar. 20, 2008||East||First Round|
|11.||Mississippi (8)||40||Temple (9)||62||Mar. 14, 1997||Midwest||First Round|
|11.||Kentucky (1)||40||Georgetown (1)||53||Mar. 31, 1984||National||National Semifinal|
|11.||Ohio (11)||40||Kentucky (3)||57||Mar. 19, 1983||Mideast||Second Round|
|11.||Fresno State (4)||40||Georgetown (1)||58||Mar. 18, 1982||West||Regional Semifinal|
|16.||Arizona (10)||41||Alabama (7)||50||Mar. 15, 1985||West||First Round|
|16.||North Carolina A&T (12)||41||Princeton (12)||53||Mar. 15, 1983||West||Opening Round|
|16.||Boston College (5)||41||Saint Joseph’s (9)||42||Mar. 20, 1981||Mideast||Regional Semifinal|
|16.||Colorado State (11)||41||Murray State (6)||58||Mar. 15, 2012||West||Second Round|
|16.||Butler (8)||41||Connecticut (3)||53||Apr. 4, 2011||National||National Final|
|16.||Notre Dame (5)||41||Washington State (4)||61||Mar. 22, 2008||East||Second Round|
|16.||Wisconsin (8)||41||Michigan State (1)||53||Apr. 1, 2000||National||National Semifinal|
|16.||Winthrop (16)||41||Auburn (1)||80||Mar. 11, 1999||South||First Round|
|16.||UCLA (4)||41||Princeton (13)||43||Mar. 14, 1996||Southeast||First Round|
|16.||Princeton (13)||41||Mississippi State (5)||63||Mar. 16, 1996||Southeast||Second Round|
|1.||North Carolina||20||Pittsburgh||26||Mar. 21, 1941||East||Regional Semifinal|
|2.||Springfield||24||Indiana||48||Mar. 20, 1940||East||Regional Semifinal|
|3.||Pittsburgh *||26||North Carolina||20||Mar. 21, 1941||East||Regional Semifinal|
|4.||Kentucky||28||Dartmouth||47||Mar. 21, 1942||East||Regional Final|
|5.||Western Kentucky||29||Duquesne||30||Mar. 20, 1940||East||Regional Semifinal|
|5.||Baylor||29||Oklahoma State||44||Mar. 22, 1946||West||Regional Semifinal|
|5.||Mississippi Valley State (16)||29||UCLA (1)||70||Mar. 20, 2008||West||First Round|
|8.||Pittsburgh||30||Wisconsin||36||Mar. 22, 1941||East||Regional Final|
|8.||Duquesne||30||Indiana||39||Mar. 21, 1940||East||Regional Final|
|8.||Brown||30||Villanova||42||Mar. 17, 1939||East||Regional Semifinal|
|8.||Duquesne *||30||Western Kentucky||29||Mar. 20, 1940||East||Regional Semifinal|
|8.||Oregon State||30||Oklahoma State||55||Mar. 19, 1949||West||Regional Final|
|13.||Iowa State||31||Utah||40||Mar. 25, 1944||West||Regional Final|
|14.||Colorado||32||Southern California||38||Mar. 20, 1940||West||Regional Semifinal|
|14.||Wisconsin (5)||32||Missouri State (12)||43||Mar. 12, 1999||East||First Round|
|16.||Ohio State||33||Oregon||46||Mar. 27, 1939||National||National Final|
|17.||Georgetown||34||Wyoming||46||Mar. 30, 1943||National||National Final|
|17.||Illinois||34||Penn State||41||Mar. 21, 1942||East||Regional Third Place|
|17.||Washington State||34||Wisconsin||39||Mar. 29, 1941||National||National Final|
|17.||Montana (13)||34||Syracuse (4)||81||Mar. 21, 2013||East||Second Round|
March Madness is on!
Here are the odds to win the 2012 NCAA Tournament for all 64 teams. See how it plays out. Did the oddsmakers get it right?
They have predicted a few upsets – surely there will be few along the way.
Which ones are predicted in today’s list? Check out Southern Mississippi, a seven seed, way down below. According to vegasinsider, things don’t look too good for Gonzaga, San Diego State and a handful of other schools around 125-1 either.
Enjoy the tournament!
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|North Carolina State||11||Midwest||100/1|
|San Diego State||6||Midwest||150/1|
|Long Beach State||12||West||150/1|
|New Mexico State||13||South||200/1|
|South Dakota State||14||South||300/1|