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Last Remaining Undefeated Team in College Basketball

Posted by Andrew McKillop on February 27, 2011

Updated: 4/24/2011

The last team to go the major college basketball season undefeated was the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers.  There were some teams that came close to matching that feat in the last 39 years, but the Hoosiers accomplishment still stands.  Listed below is a breakdown of all the last undefeated teams in each college basketball season, in the past 39 years.

Legend: Sea (Season), Sc (Score), F Rec (Final Record of Undefeated Team), End (Where the Undefeated Team’s Season Ended)

Sea Date Winner Sc Undefeated Sc F Rec End
10-11 2/12 Wisconsin 71 Ohio State 67 32-2 Reg Semi Finals
09-10 1/26 South Carolina 68 Kentucky 62 35-3 Reg Finals
08-09 1/21 Virginia Tech 78 at Wake Forest 71 24-7 1st Rnd
07-08 2/23 Tennessee 66 at Memphis 62 38-2 Lost NCAA Final
06-07 1/9 Maryland 92 Clemson 87 25-11 Lost NIT Finals
05-06 1/21 Georgetown 87 Duke 84 32-4 Reg Semi Finals
05-06 1/21 Tennessee 80 Florida 76 33-6 NCAA Champs
05-06 1/21 St. John’s 55 Pittsburgh 50 25-8 2nd Rnd
04-05 3/6 Ohio St 65 Illinois 64 37-2 Lost NCAA Final
03-04 3/11 Xavier 87 n St. Joseph’s 67 30-2 Reg Finals
02-03 1/18 Maryland 87 Duke 72 26-7 Reg Semi Finals
01-02 1/6 Florida St 77 Duke 76 31-4 Reg Semi Finals
00-01 2/3 UCLA 79 at Stanford 73 31-3 Reg Finals
99-00 2/7 Seton Hall 69 at Syracuse 67 26-6 Reg Semi Finals
98-99 2/1 Syracuse 59 at Connecticut 42 34-2 NCAA Champs
97-98 2/1 New Mexico 77 Utah 74 30-4 Lost NCAA Final
96-97 2/4 Missouri 96 Kansas 94 34-2 Reg Semi Finals
95-96 2/24 George Wash 86 at Massachusetts 76 31-1 Final Four
94-95 1/28 Kansas 88 n Connecticut 59 28-5 Reg Finals
93-94 1/30 California 85 UCLA 70 21-7 1st Rnd
92-93 1/20 North Carolina 80 Virginia 58 21-10 Reg Semi Finals
91-92 2/5 North Carolina 75 Duke 73 34-2 NCAA Champs
91-92 2/5 Nebraska 85 Oklahoma St 69 28-8 Reg Semi Finals
90-91 3/30 Duke 79 n UNLV 77 34-1 Lost NCAA Final
89-90 1/20 Connecticut 70 Georgetown 65 24-7 2nd Rnd
89-90 1/20 Missouri 95 Kansas 87 30-5 2nd Rnd
88-89 1/26 Minnesota 69 Illinois 62 31-5 Final Four
87-88 2/6 UAB 102 BYU 83 26-6 2nd Rnd
86-87 1/25 Georgetown 74 DePaul 71 26-2 Reg Semi Finals
85-86 2/7 UNLV 67 Memphis 66 27-5 2nd Rnd
84-85 1/26 St. John’s 66 at Georgetown 65 35-3 Lost NCAA Final
83-84 2/12 Arkansas 65 n North Carolina 64 28-3 2nd Rnd
82-83 2/24 Fullerton State 86 UNLV 78 28-3 2nd Rnd
81-82 2/6 Nebraska 67 at Missouri 51 27-4 Reg Semi Finals
80-81 3/7 Arizona St 87 at Oregon St 67 26-1 2nd Rnd
79-80 2/27 Notre Dame 76 DePaul 74 26-2 2nd Rnd
78-79 3/26 Michigan St 75 n Indiana St 64 33-1 Lost NCAA Final
77-78 1/23 Alabama 78 Kentucky 62 30-2 NCAA Champs
76-77 3/5 Notre Dame 93 San Francisco 82 29-2 1st Rnd



Notes:

Although Nebraska has never won a tournament game, they have defeated the last undefeated team in major college basketball on two occasions (1992 vs. Oklahoma, and 1982 vs. Missouri).

In the last 35 years, Duke has been the last remaining undefeated team in four seasons.  It’s the most by any team in major college basketball.

Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Syracuse, UCLA, and UNLV have all defeated the last remaining undefeated team in a major college basketball season, but have also been the last undefeated team in a season.

Below is a breakdown of how undefeated teams have finished their seasons:

Round Occurrences Pct.
Reg Semi Finals 10 25.64%
2nd Rnd 9 23.08%
Lost NCAA Final 6 15.38%
NCAA Champs 4 10.26%
Reg Finals 4 10.26%
1st Rnd 3 7.69%
Final Four 2 5.13%
Lost NIT Finals 1 2.56%



References: College Basketball Reference, Google News Archive: Article 1, 2, 3.

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