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Last undefeated teams in college basketball

This season was the first time there were no undefeated schools on New Year’s Day, when Arizona State, TCU, and Villanova all lost. Here are the latest exits from the undefeated ranks back to 1946 (the season shown reflects the year of the championship tournament).

Season Team First
loss
Record
before loss
Lost to
(tournament game)
Final
Record
NCAAT outcome
2018 Arizona St. DecĀ 30 12-0 at Arizona 20-12 First Four
TCU 12-0 Oklahoma 21-12 First round
Villanova 13-0 at Butler 36-4 Won title
2017 Gonzaga FebĀ 25 29-0 BYU 37-2 Title game loser
2016 SMU JanĀ 24 18-0 at Temple 25-5 Ineligible
2015 Kentucky AprĀ 4 38-0 WisconsinĀ  38-1 Final Four
2014 Wichita St. MarĀ 23 35-0 Kentucky 35-1 Second round
2013 Michigan JanĀ 13 16-0 at Ohio St. 31-8 Title game loser
2012 Murray St. FebĀ 9 23-0 Tennessee St. 31-2 Second round
2011 Ohio St. FebĀ 12 24-0 at Wisconsin 34-3 Sweet 16
2010 Kentucky JanĀ 26 19-0 at South Carolina 35-3 Elite Eight
2009 Wake Forest JanĀ 21 16-0 Virginia Tech 24-7 First round
2008 Memphis FebĀ 23 26-0 Tennessee 38-2 Title game loser
2007 Clemson JanĀ 13 17-0 at Maryland 25-11 NIT runner-up
2006 Florida JanĀ 21 17-0 at Tennessee 33-6 Won title
2005 Illinois MarĀ 6 29-0 at Ohio St. 37-2 Title game loser
2004 Saint Joseph’s MarĀ 11 27-0 Xavier
(A-10 tournament)
30-2 Elite Eight
2003 Duke JanĀ 18 12-0 at Maryland 26-7 Sweet 16
2002 Duke JanĀ 6 12-0 at Florida St. 31-4 Sweet 16
2001 Stanford FebĀ 3 20-0 UCLA 31-3 Elite Eight
2000 Syracuse FebĀ 7 19-0 Seton Hall 26-6 Sweet 16
1999 Connecticut FebĀ 1 19-0 Syracuse 34-2 Won title
1998 Utah FebĀ 1 18-0 at New Mexico 30-4 Title game loser
1997 Kansas FebĀ 4 22-0 at Missouri 34-2 Sweet 16
1996 UMass FebĀ 24 26-0 George Washington 35-2 Final Four
1995 Connecticut JanĀ 30 14-0 at Kansas 28-5 Elite Eight
1994 UCLA JanĀ 30 14-0 at California 21-7 First round
1993 Virginia JanĀ 20 11-0 at North Carolina 21-10 Sweet 16
1992 Duke FebĀ 5 17-0 at North Carolina 34-2 Won title
Oklahoma St. FebĀ 5 18-0 at Nebraska 28-8 Sweet 16
1991 UNLV MarĀ 30 34-0 Duke 34-1 Final Four
1990 Georgetown JanĀ 20 14-0 at Connecticut 24-7 Round of 32
1989 Illinois JanĀ 26 16-0 at Minnesota 30-5 Final Four
1988 BYU FebĀ 6 17-0 at UAB 26-6 Round of 32
1987 DePaul JanĀ 25 16-0 at Georgetown 28-3 Sweet 16
1986 Memphis FebĀ 1 20-0 at Virginia Tech 28-6 Round of 32
1985 Georgetown JanĀ 26 14-0 St. John’s 30-3 Title game loser
1984 North Carolina FebĀ 12 21-0 Arkansas
(in Pine Bluff)
28-3 Sweet 16
1983 UNLV FebĀ 24 24-0 at Cal St.-Fullerton 28-3 Round of 32
1982 Missouri FebĀ 6 19-0 Nebraska 27-4 Sweet 16
1981 Oregon St. MarĀ 7 26-0 Arizona St. 26-2 Round of 32
1980 DePaul FebĀ 27 25-0 at Notre Dame 26-2 Round of 32
1979 Indiana St. MarĀ 26 31-0 Michigan St. 31-1 Title game loser
1978 Kentucky JanĀ 23 14-0 at Alabama 30-2 Won title
1977 San Francisco MarĀ 1 26-0 at Notre Dame 26-2 First Round
1976 Indiana none 32-0 Won title
1975 Indiana MarĀ 22 31-0 Kentucky 31-1 Elite Eight
1974 Notre Dame JanĀ 26 12-0 at UCLA 26-3 Regional 3rd place
1973 North Carolina St. none 27-0 Ineligible
UCLA 30-0 Won title
1972 UCLA none 30-0 Won title
1971 Penn MarĀ 20 28-0 Villanova 28-1 Elite Eight
1970 UCLA FebĀ 21 21-0 at Oregon 28-2 Won title
1969 UCLA MarĀ 8 25-0 USC 29-1 Won title
1968 St. Bonaventure MarĀ 15 23-0 North Carolina 23-2 Regional 4th place
1967 UCLA none 30-0 Won title
1966 Kentucky MarĀ 5 23-0 at Tennessee 27-2 Title game loser
UTEP 23-0 at Seattle 28-1 Won title
1965 Providence FebĀ 23 19-0 at Villanova 24-2 Elite Eight
1964 UCLA none 30-0 Won title
1963 Cincinnati FebĀ 16 19-0 at Wichita St. 26-2 Title game loser
Loyola (Ill.) 21-0 at Bowling Green 29-2 Won title
1962 Ohio St. MarĀ 3 22-0 at Wisconsin 26-2 Title game loser
1961 Ohio St. MarĀ 25 27-0 Cincinnati 27-1 Title game loser
1960 Cincinnati JanĀ 16 13-0 at Bradley 28-2 3rd place
1959 Auburn FebĀ 21 19-0 at Kentucky 20-2 Ineligible
1958 St. John’s JanĀ 30 9-0 at Pittsburgh 18-8 NIT 4th place
1957 North Carolina none 32-0 Won title
1956 San Francisco none 29-0 Won title
1955 Auburn JanĀ 15 7-0 Alabama
(in Montgomery)
11-9 none
1954 Kentucky none 25-0 Ineligible
1953 Seton Hall MarĀ 1 27-0 at Dayton 31-2 NIT winner
1952 Duquesne FebĀ 23 18-0 at Villanova 23-4 Elite Eight
1951 Columbia MarĀ 20 21-0 Illinois 21-1 Sweet 16
1950 Holy Cross MarĀ 4 26-0 at Columbia 27-4 Regional 4th place
1949 Hamline* FebĀ 7 15-0 St. Thomas (MN)
(in St. Paul)
28-3 NAIA winner
Villanova JanĀ 31 12-0 Duquesne 23-4 Regional 3rd place
1948 NYU MarĀ 1 19-0 Notre Dame
(at MSG)
22-4 NIT runner-up
1947 Duquesne MarĀ 4 20-0 at Georgetown 20-2 NIT Elite Eight
1946 Navy FebĀ 9 8-0 North Carolina 12-3 none

*NAIA school that was nationally ranked

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