NCAA Basketball: Kentucky and Schools with the Most Wins in a Single Season

Anthony Davis And The 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats Won The NCAA Championship...And The Most Games In A Season Ever, Too

Anthony Davis And The 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats Won The NCAA Championship…And The Most Games In A Season Ever, Too

The 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats won 38 games en route to the NCAA Basketball Championship – the most wins ever recorded in a single season. Five other schools (six times in total, with Duke twice) have won 37.

But of these seven occurrences, only two schools went on to win it all – Kentucky and the 2007-08 Kansas Jayhawks. In fact, of the 25 schools listed below with the most wins in a season, only nine took home the title (noted with asterisks). It pays to pace oneself and peak at the right time. Winning all season long doesn’t necessarily translate into a championship.

Most of these big-time winning schools achieved their feat in the 1980’s and later. That makes sense. College basketball schedules have bulked up (in number of games) over time.

But there is one anomaly. Kentucky again. The 1947-48 Wildcats won 36 games and the title, too.

SCHOOL WINS FINAL RECORD (REGULAR + POSTSEASON) SEASON
1. Kentucky* 38 38-2 2011-12
2. Kansas* 37 37-3 2007-08
2. Illinois 37 37-2 2004-05
2. Duke 37 37-2 1998-99
2. UNLV 37 37-2 1986-87
2. Duke 37 37-3 1985-86
7. North Carolina 36 36-3 2007-08
7. Kentucky* 36 36-3 1947-48
9. Louisville* 35 35-5 2012-13
9. Kansas 35 35-3 2010-11
9. Duke* 35 35-5 2009-10
9. Kentucky 35 35-3 2009-10
9. UCLA 35 35-4 2007-08
9. Florida* 35 35-5 2006-07
9. Ohio St. 35 35-4 2006-07
9. Duke* 35 35-4 2000-01
9. Kansas 35 35-4 1997-98
9. Kentucky* 35 35-4 1997-98
9. Kentucky 35 35-5 1996-97
9. Massachusetts 35 35-2 1995-96
9. UNLV* 35 35-5 1989-90
9. Arizona 35 35-3 1987-88
9. Oklahoma 35 35-4 1987-88
9. Kansas 35 35-4 1985-86
9. Georgetown 35 35-3 1984-85

Photo: sportingnews.com

Posted on March 9, 2014, in NCAA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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