Scott Might, Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner, Bob Knight and the Indiana crew of 1975-76 can relaxation simple. Once more.
The final two undefeated groups in males’s faculty basketball misplaced on Tuesday evening. No. 1 Baylor misplaced at dwelling 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 seemed imposing all season, beating Stanford by 38 and then-No. 6 Villanova by 19 and successful a robust match within the Bahamas.
Additionally on Tuesday, the opposite undefeated crew, No. 5 Southern California, misplaced at its Pac-12 rival Stanford, 75-69. A ultimate eight crew final season, U.S.C. had began unranked within the Related Press Prime 25 ballot, however crept up because it stored successful. (Its unbeaten document 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 crew 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 Ok.C. Jones, and North Carolina matched that the following yr. 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 (shedding Wicks, however including Jamaal Wilkes and Invoice Walton). However after Indiana in ’76, perfection ceased.
Two groups did come shut. Larry Fowl’s Indiana State crew of 1978-79 made it to the ultimate undefeated earlier than shedding to Magic Johnson and Michigan State. In 1990-91, the reigning champion U.N.L.V. was No. 1 all yr and didn’t lose till the ultimate towards Duke. Nonetheless, the lengthy drought of undefeated groups has continued.
However lately there was a renaissance of good common seasons. Wichita State managed it in 2013-14 earlier than shedding within the second spherical of the match to Kentucky. A loaded Kentucky crew 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 shedding to Baylor.
On the ladies’s facet, good nationwide champions are nonetheless a standard prevalence. 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 accomplished it within the N.C.A.A. period.
This yr, Colorado is the final undefeated ladies’s crew, however it’s ranked solely No. 22 due to a comparatively weak schedule. That may 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. match: There are nonetheless seven groups with one loss and greater than 20 with solely two.
However none with zero.