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)
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