Far From Final Four

24 01 2012

Looking into one of Pat Forde’s most recent articles on Yahoo! Sports, I believe the top team on his list will change their streak this year. Check this part of his piece out:


“Here’s a look at the schools with the most NCAA tournament wins without a Final Four berth.

Missouri (22). The Tigers have 22 NCAA tourney victories over the years, but never have won a regional final. Closest call: 2009 regional final loss to Connecticut.

Boston College (23). The Eagles also have 22 NCAA victories without ever playing on the season’s final weekend. Closest call: John Bagley & Co.’s 1982 regional final loss to Phi Slama Jama Houston.

Alabama (24). The Crimson Tide have 20 NCAA wins but has reached only one regional final; the Tide was crushed upon arrival by eventual national champion UConn in 2004.

Xavier (25). The Musketeers have 19 NCAA victories and two regional-final losses. Closest call: A red-hot Xavier team – coached by Thad Matta – suffered a three-point loss to Duke in 2004.

Tennessee (26). The Volunteers have 16 tournament wins but only one Elite Eight appearance. That came two years ago, and it nearly resulted in a Final Four berth until Michigan State pulled out a 70-69 victory. That would prove to be the high-water mark of the Bruce Pearl Era in Knoxville.

Gonzaga (27). The Bulldogs also have 16 tourney wins. Their closest run at a Final Four came in the tourney that put the program on the map, in 1999. The Zags lost by five points to eventual national champ UConn in a regional final.”


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