Scott Could, Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner, Bob Knight and the Indiana group of 1975-76 can relaxation simple. Once more.
The final two undefeated groups in males’s faculty basketball misplaced on Tuesday night time. No. 1 Baylor misplaced at residence to No. 19 Texas Tech, 65-62, after main by 15 within the first half. The loss was a shock: Baylor was an 11-point favourite and because the defending nationwide champion had appeared imposing all season, beating Stanford by 38 and then-No. 6 Villanova by 19 and successful a powerful event within the Bahamas.
Additionally on Tuesday, the opposite undefeated group, No. 5 Southern California, misplaced at its Pac-12 rival Stanford, 75-69. A remaining eight group final season, U.S.C. had began unranked within the Related Press High 25 ballot, however crept up because it stored successful. (Its unbeaten file was additionally helped by having three convention video games over the vacations canceled or postponed due to Covid points.)
The losses by Baylor and U.S.C. imply that long-ago Indiana group will retain its distinction because the final undefeated nationwide champion.
At one time, undefeated males’s N.C.A.A. champions weren’t too uncommon.
San Francisco was the primary (1955-56), aided immeasurably by Invoice Russell and Okay.C. Jones, and North Carolina matched that the subsequent 12 months. Then U.C.L.A. virtually made perfection appear boring, with undefeated seasons in 1963-64 (Gail Goodrich and Walt Hazzard), 1966-67 (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and back-to-back in 1971-72 (Sidney Wicks and Henry Bibby) and 1972-73 (dropping Wicks, however including Jamaal Wilkes and Invoice Walton). However after Indiana in ’76, perfection ceased.
Two groups did come shut. Larry Chook’s Indiana State group of 1978-79 made it to the ultimate undefeated earlier than dropping to Magic Johnson and Michigan State. In 1990-91, the reigning champion U.N.L.V. was No. 1 all 12 months and didn’t lose till the ultimate in opposition to Duke. Nonetheless, the lengthy drought of undefeated groups has continued.
However in recent times there was a renaissance of good common seasons. Wichita State managed it in 2013-14 earlier than dropping within the second spherical of the event to Kentucky. A loaded Kentucky group in 2014-15 that included the one-and-done freshmen Karl-Anthony Cities and Devin Booker fell to Wisconsin within the Closing 4. And final season, Gonzaga made it to the ultimate unblemished earlier than dropping to Baylor.
On the ladies’s facet, good nationwide champions are nonetheless a standard incidence. UConn alone has made good championship seasons a behavior, conducting them in 1995, 2002, ’09, ’10, ’14, and ’16. The 1998 Tennessee and 1986 Texas groups have additionally completed it within the N.C.A.A. period.
This 12 months, Colorado is the final undefeated ladies’s group, however it’s ranked solely No. 22 due to a comparatively weak schedule. That can change if it manages to beat No. 2 Stanford on Friday.
Regardless of the final undefeated groups falling on the boys’s facet, you wouldn’t say there aren’t any good groups to fill an entertaining N.C.A.A. event: There are nonetheless seven groups with one loss and greater than 20 with solely two.
However none with zero.