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

*NAIA school that was nationally ranked

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