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37 finest groups that did not win the NCAA Event

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Typically the group that did not win all of it is remembered greater than the group that did. 

Gonzaga is the most recent group to hitch this listing. The Bulldogs completed 31-1 after shedding 86-70 to Baylor within the 2021 males’s basketball match. Gonzaga missed out on an opportunity to finish the proper season. 

That has made it troublesome to choose a group from 2019-20. Because the match expanded to 64 groups in 1984-85, a number of memorable groups, together with a number of No. 1 seeds, fell wanting successful the nationwide championship. 

Sporting Information chosen one group from every year of the expanded bracket period (which began in 1985), then ranked these groups 1-36. No. 1 was a simple selection, however which groups got here subsequent? These are the groups you keep in mind that didn’t reduce down the nets. 

Here is a more in-depth look:

  • Document: 29-7

    That yr’s champion: Louisville

    Lowdown: Indiana received a loaded Massive Ten convention with the assistance of Cody Zeller (16.5 ppg.) and Victor Oladipo (13.6), and that included a regular-season sweep of NCAA runner-up Michigan. The Hoosiers wanted a late 3-pointer to seal a second-round win towards Temple earlier than shedding to Syracuse within the Candy 16.

  • Document: 27-5

    That yr’s champion: UNLV

    Lowdown: The Sooners gave the impression to be the stiffest problem for UNLV heading into the 1990 NCAA match. Oklahoma had six gamers who averaged double figures, led by Skeeter Henry (17.3). The Sooners, nonetheless, had been bounced within the second spherical by North Carolina 79-77. UNLV went on to beat Duke 103-73 within the NCAA championship recreation.

  • Document: 31-5

    That yr’s champion: North Carolina

    Lowdown: Jamie Dixon put collectively his finest squad at Pitt, and DeJuan Blair (15.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg) proved the signature piece on this bruising group. The Panthers misplaced their first recreation within the Massive East match however nonetheless obtained the No. 1 seed within the East Area. Pitt superior to the Elite Eight and confronted Villanova, and that is when Scottie Reynolds punched his ticket in match lore with a coast-to-coast layup that gave the Wildcats a 78-76 win.

  • Document: 29-8

    That yr’s champion: Villanova

    Lowdown: It is robust to choose one. Virginia was the primary group to ever go 17-1 within the ACC and received the convention match, but it surely misplaced to No. 16 UMBC within the first spherical of the NCAA Event. Nationwide runner-up Michigan and semifinalist Kansas have instances, too, however individuals will look again and surprise how a Duke group loaded with NBA expertise, together with Marvin Bagley III, did not win a championship. This was probably the most proficient group within the nation; the younger Blue Devils simply did not put it collectively on the proper time.

  • Document: 32-6

    That yr’s champion: Kentucky

    Lowdown: North Carolina gave the impression to be the group finest outfitted to problem Kentucky and Anthony Davis. The Tar Heels misplaced 73-72 in Lexington that season and received the ACC with a 14-2 report with a group that featured Kendall Marshall, Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes. Marshall, nonetheless, suffered a damaged wrist in a second-round win towards Creighton. North Carolina beat Ohio within the Candy 16 with some late-game heroics from Barnes, however Kansas knocked the Tar Heels out within the Elite Eight.

  • Document: 32-4

    That yr’s champion: Syracuse

    Lowdown: Kentucky earned the No. 1 seed within the Midwest regional after successful the SEC with an ideal 16-0 report in convention play. Senior guard Keith Bogans led a high-scoring Tubby Smith group that averaged 77.3 factors per recreation. The Wildcats, nonetheless, misplaced to Dwyane Wade-led Marquette 83-69 within the Elite Eight.

  • Document: 27-7

    That yr’s champion: Duke

    Lowdown: The Hoosiers did notwin the Massive Ten (Ohio State did), they usually did not get a lot consideration within the match (the Fab 5 did), however Bob Knight led Indiana by the West Area as a No. 2 seed anyway, the place they destroyed UCLA 106-79. 5 Hoosiers averaged double digits, led by Calbert Cheaney. Indiana misplaced the nationwide semifinal to eventual nationwide champion Duke.

  • Document: 31-3

    That yr’s champion: Duke

    Lowdown: Stanford — led by twin huge males Jason and Jarron Collins — completed 16-2 in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal rolled into the West Area last earlier than shedding to No. 3 seed Maryland 87-73. Stanford watched as rival Arizona superior to the NCAA championship recreation earlier than shedding to Duke.

  • Document: 33-5

    That yr’s champion: Villanova

    Lowdown: The Jayhawks had 4 gamers who averaged double figures in Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham and roared into the match as the highest seed, however they misplaced to eventual nationwide champion Villanova 64-59 within the Elite Eight.

  • Document: 28-3

    That yr’s champion: None

    Lowdown: Kansas ended the season on a 16-game win streak. The Jayhawks would have entered the match as the highest general seed, however they didn’t get an opportunity to point out that within the Massive 12 match. Devon Dotson (18.1 ppg.) and Udoka Azubuike (13.7 ppg.) gave Kansas a formidable inside-outside recreation, and Ochai Agbaji (10.0) was a stable contributor. Invoice Self had a group that regarded able to making one other Remaining 4 run.

  • Document: 34-3

    That yr’s champion: Connecticut

    Lowdown: The Buckeyes received the Massive Ten with a 16-2 convention report. Jared Sullinger (17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg) dominated the center, however he had assist with William Buford (14.4 ppg), Jon Diebler (12.5 ppg) and Aaron Craft (6.9 ppg). Ohio State earned the highest seed within the match, however Kentucky knocked off the Buckeyes 62-60 within the Candy 16.

  • Document: 32-2

    That yr’s champion: Kansas

    Lowdown: Who may overlook Mark Macon? The star guard averaged 20.6 factors per recreation and led the Owls to the No. 1 seed within the East Area, however Duke ended John Chaney’s bid on the Remaining 4 within the regional last the place Temple misplaced 63-53.

  • Document: 30-2

    That yr’s champion: Connecticut

    Lowdown: The Hawks, led by the backcourt of Jameer Nelson (20.6 ppg) and Delonte West (18.9 ppg), completed the common season with an ideal 27-0 report earlier than shedding their first recreation within the Atlantic 10 match. St. Joe’s recovered to succeed in the Elite Eight within the NCAA match earlier than shedding 64-62 to Oklahoma State.

  • Document: 35-2

    That yr’s champion: Kentucky

    Lowdown: John Calipari’s first Remaining 4 group featured heart Marcus Camby, who averaged 20.5 factors and completed with 128 blocks. The Minutemen proved their value within the NCAA match by knocking off Arkansas and Georgetown within the East Area. Eventual nationwide champion Kentucky beat UMass 81-74 within the Remaining 4.

  • Document: 32-4

    That yr’s champion: Florida

    Lowdown: The Blue Devils had a dominant scorer outdoors in J.J. Redick (26.8 ppg.) and inside in Shelden Williams (18.8 ppg.), and that was adequate to win the ACC with a 16-2 report. Duke, nonetheless, caught the mistaken group on the mistaken day within the Candy 16. LSU, led by Tyrus Thomas and Glen “Massive Child” Davis, beat the Blue Devils 62-54.

  • Document: 29-4

    That yr’s champion: Michigan State

    Lowdown: The Bearcats completed the common season with a 28-2 report, together with an ideal 16-0 report in Convention-USA. However catastrophe struck within the convention match when star energy ahead Kenyon Martin suffered a damaged leg. The committee gave Cincinnati a No. 2 seed within the match, and Tulsa knocked off the Bearcats 69-61 within the second spherical.

  • Document: 35-3

    That yr’schampion: Duke

    Lowdown: Kansas and Kentucky each took similar 32-2 data into the NCAA match, however Northern Iowa knocked off the Jayhawks within the second spherical. The Wildcats — led by a star-studded group that included John Wall (16.6 ppg.) and DeMarcus Cousins (15.1 ppg.) — reached the East Area last earlier than getting knocked off by No. 2 seed West Virginia 73-66.

  • Document: 37-2

    That yr’s champion: Indiana

    Lowdown: The Runnin’ Rebels averaged 92.5 factors per recreation, led by Armon Gilliam, who averaged 23.2 factors per recreation. UNLV tore by the West Area and reached its first Remaining 4 underneath Jerry Tarkanian, however the Rebels misplaced a 97-93 shootout to eventual nationwide champion Indiana.

  • Document: 28-7

    That yr’s champion: Arkansas

    Lowdown: North Carolina opened and closed the common season at No. 1 within the AP Ballot with a group that added Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace to go together with Eric Montross and Donald Williams. That group grabbed the No. 1 seed within the East area. The Tar Heels, nonetheless, had been upset by Invoice Curley-led Boston Faculty within the second spherical of the NCAA match.

  • Document: 35-1

    That yr’s champion: Connecticut

    Lowdown: Wichita State, coming off a Remaining 4 look in 2013, entered the match with an ideal 34-0 report. 4 Shockers gamers – led by Cleanthony Early (16.4 ppg.) averaged double digits. Wichita State, nonetheless, was a sufferer to a brutal bracket that arrange a second-round matchup with Kentucky. The Wildcats edged the Shockers 78-76 and superior to the NCAA championship recreation earlier than shedding to Connecticut.

  • Document: 37-2

    That yr’s champion: North Carolina

    Lowdown: The Bulldogs lastly had a break-through yr to the Remaining 4 underneath longtime coach Mark Few. Gonzaga misplaced only one recreation within the common season with a lineup that featured 5 gamers who averaged double digits. The Bulldogs breezed by the West Area and made the championship recreation, however North Carolina ended the run in an unpleasant 71-65 title recreation.

  • Document: 31-5

    That yr’s champion:Michigan

    Lowdown:Two phrases: Flyin’ Illini. That’s all you want, proper? Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Kenny Battle and Lowell Hamilton all averaged double digits for one of the crucial crazy-fun groups to observe in NCAA historical past. Illinois rolled by the Midwest Area and confronted Michigan within the Remaining 4, a group the Illini swept within the common season. The Wolverines beat the Illini 83-81 on a buzzer-beater by Sean Higgins.

  • Document: 37-3

    That yr’s champion: Louisville

    Lowdown: The trio of Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie and David Henderson helped the Blue Devils breeze by the ACC with a 12-2 report and end No. 1 within the last common season AP Ballot. Mike Krzyzewski reached his first Remaining 4 at Duke. Louisville defeated the Blue Devils 72-69 within the championship recreation behind 25 factors from Pervis Ellison.

  • Document: 38-2

    That yr’s champion: Kansas

    Lowdown: It is a toss-up this season between Memphis and North Carolina, which opened and closed the common season as No. 1 within the AP Ballot. The Tar Heels misplaced to Kansas within the Remaining 4. Memphis, led by Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts, drew the Jayhawks within the championship recreation. Mario Chalmers hit a last-second three-pointer to ship the championship recreation into additional time, which Kansas received 75-68.

  • Document: 35-4

    That yr’s champion: Florida

    Lowdown: Thad Matta took the “Thad 5” – anchored by Greg Oden and Mike Conley – to a 15-1 report within the Massive Ten. Ron Lewis’ three-pointer helped the Buckeyes keep away from an upset bid from Xavier within the second spherical of the match, and Ohio State superior to the nationwide championship recreation. The Buckeyes, nonetheless, could not cease Florida’s bid for back-to-back championships in an 84-75 loss.

  • Document: 32-6

    That yr’s champion: Virginia

    Lowdown: Duke, led by freshman All-People Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, was the No. 1 seed coming into the match. We all know the Blue Devils misplaced to Michigan State within the Elite Eight and Texas Tech made the nationwide championship recreation. Duke, nonetheless, swept nationwide champion Virginia within the common season and received the ACC match championship. This all-lottery group will likely be questioning why it didn’t win it, particularly as a result of fo Williamson, for years to return.

  • Document: 29-3

    That yr’s champion: Maryland

    Lowdown: The defending nationwide champions opened and closed the season atop the AP Ballot. Three gamers averaged greater than 17 factors per recreation in Jason Williams (21.3), Carlos Boozer (18.2) and Mike Dunleavy (17.3). Duke, nonetheless, suffered a stunning 74-73 loss to Indiana within the Candy 16. What’s worse, ACC rival Maryland later beat Indiana within the NCAA championship recreation.

  • Document: 37-2

    That yr’s champion: North Carolina

    Lowdown: The Illini missed out on an ideal common season on the final day of the season when Ohio State’s Matt Sylvester hit a buzzer beater. Illinois received the Massive Ten match and capped a tremendous comeback towards Arizona for a 90-89 additional time win within the Midwest Area last. The Illini superior to the nationwide championship recreation earlier than shedding 75-70 to North Carolina.

  • Document: 31-5

    That yr’s champion: North Carolina

    Lowdown: The Fab 5 returned as sophomores anticipated to win the nationwide championship. Michigan survived a scare within the second spherical of the NCAA match when Jimmy King’s tip-in helped beat UCLA 86-84. The Wolverines returned to the Remaining 4, beat Kentucky and confronted North Carolina within the championship recreation. Everyone knows what occurred subsequent. Chris Webber acquired a technical foul for calling a timeout Michigan did not have within the last seconds, and North Carolina received 77-71.

  • Document: 34-2

    That yr’s champion: Arizona

    Lowdown: North Carolina and Kentucky had been loaded too that season, however Kansas entered the match with a star-studded group led by Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Scott Pollard, Jerod Haase and Jacque Vaughn. Arizona, nonetheless, knocked off Kansas 85-82 within the Candy 16. Do not feel dangerous, Jayhawks followers. Arizona beat North Carolina and Kentucky within the match, too.

  • Document: 32-7

    That yr’s champion: UCLA

    Lowdown: Arkansas returned a number of items from its defending nationwide championship group, together with Corliss Williamson, Scott Thurman and Clint McDaniel. UCLA closed the common season atop the AP Ballot. The Razorbacks escaped a 79-78 first-round scare from Texas Southern earlier than reaching the championship recreation, the place they misplaced to the Bruins 89-78.

  • Document: 34-4

    That yr’s champion: Kentucky

    Lowdown: Invoice Guthridge’s first group at North Carolina was loaded. Antwan Jamison (22.2 ppg.) and Vince Carter (15.6 ppg.) had been high-flying studs on a group that completed No.1 within the last common season AP Ballot. The Tar Heels breezed to the Remaining 4 earlier than getting beat 65-59 by Utah, which misplaced to Kentucky within the NCAA championship recreation.

  • Document:31-1

    That yr’s champion: Baylor

    Lowdown:The Bulldogs had been the highest-scoring group in Division I with an offense that featured All-People Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme. Gonzaga burned by the primary rounds of the NCAA match by successful by 24 factors per recreation. Suggs then led the Bulldogs to a 93-90 victory towards UCLA with an exciting buzzer-beater within the Remaining 4. Gonzaga, nonetheless, misplaced 86-70 to Baylor within the nationwide championship recreation.

  • Document: 37-2

    That yr’s champion: Connecticut

    Lowdown: Duke’s lone regular-season loss got here to Cincinnati within the Nice Alaska Shootout, however the Blue Devils rolled from there. Elton Model and William Avery led Mike Krzyzewski’s solely undefeated group in ACC play, and Duke received its first 4 match video games by a mean of 30.2 factors earlier than beating Michigan State 68-62 within the Remaining 4. Duke’s run, nonetheless, got here to a stunning finish when UConn knocked off the Blue Devils 77-74 within the championship recreation.

  • Document: 35-3

    That yr’s champion: Villanova

    Lowdown: The Hoyas did not win the Massive East, however the defending nationwide champions rolled by convention champion St. John’s 77-59 within the nationwide semifinals. John Thompson and Patrick Ewing led Georgetown to its third NCAA championship recreation in 4 years within the first yr of the expanded format, and the Hoyas had been heavily-favored to beat Villanova. The Wildcats, nonetheless, shocked Georgetown 66-64 in one of many largest upsets of all time.

  • Document: 38-1

    That yr’s champion: Duke

    Lowdown: The Wildcats embraced the 40-0 discuss underneath John Calipari and practically achieved perfection after an unbeaten common season. Karl-Anthony Cities and Willie Cauley-Stein had been virtually an unstoppable power down low, and Andrew and Aaron Harrison saved the back-court buzzing. Kentucky superior to the Remaining 4 earlier than shedding in stunning style to Wisconsin 71-64.

  • Document: 34-1

    That yr’s champion: Duke

    Lowdown: This nonetheless is likely to be the best school basketball group of all time. Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony and Stacey Augmon had been all NBA Lottery picks in 1991 for a group that averaged 97.7 factors per recreation. The Rebels reached the Remaining 4 and confronted Duke in a rematch from the 1990 championship recreation, however Anderson Hunt’s three-point try within the last seconds missed. Duke shocked UNLV 79-77 and went on to win the nationwide championship.



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