NCAA Tournament History

NCAA Tournament History Index

Missed the Dance

The road to the NCAA tournament is not always a smooth journey, especially considering conference regular-season champions (except from the Ivy League) have not been guaranteed automatic bids to the NCAA tournament since 1975. Instead it's the conference tournament champion who wins the bid, leaving many strong teams on the cutting room floor.

Most wins

The most wins for teams not to make the NCAA tournament (since 1985).

SchoolYearWonLostPct.
Coastal Carolina2010286.824
Coastal Carolina2011287.800
Drexel2012276.818
Oral Roberts2012276.818
#UNLV1992262.929
Howard1987265.839
Stephen F. Austin2008265.839
Saint Mary's (Ca.)2009266.812
Nevada2012266.812
Southern Illinois1990267.788
Akron2007267.788
IUPUI2008267.788
Robert Morris2008267.788
Davidson2009267.788
#Memphis1987268.765
Creighton2009268.765
College of Charleston2009268.765
Niagara2009268.765
Cleveland State2011268.765
NOTE: # -- ineligible for postseason play

Fewest losses

The fewest losses for teams not to make the NCAA tournament (since 1985).

SchoolYearWonLostPct.
#UNLV1992262.929
#Wichita State1983253.893
Utah State2004253.893
College of Charleston1996243.889
Green Bay1992254.862
Davidson1996254.862
UC Irvine2001254.862
Milwaukee1993234.852
Coastal Carolina2011285.848
Howard1987265.839
Stephen F. Austin2008265.839
Southern U1990255.833
Butler2002255.833
Georgia Southern1985245.828
Holy Cross1990245.828
Long Beach State2000245.828
College of Charleston1995235.821
Boston U2004235.821
NOTE: # -- ineligible for postseason play

Undefeated in conference play

These teams went undefeated in their league during the regular season only to miss the Big Dance after losing in their conference tournament.

SchoolLeague RecordOverallConf. Tourney Setback
Lafayette '7810-0 in East Coast (W)23-8Lost to Temple, 71-70
American '8111-0 in East Coast (E)24-6Lost to St. Joseph's, 63-60
Temple '8211-0 in East Coast19-8Lost to Drexel, 61-55
William & Mary '839-0 in ECAC South20-9Lost to James Madison, 41-38
Coppin State '9416-0 in MEAC22-8Lost to Morgan State, 61-60
Davidson '9614-0 in Southern25-5Lost to Western Carolina, 69-60
Austin Peay '0416-0 in Ohio Valley22-10Lost to Murray State, 66-60
Davidson '0516-0 in Southern23-9Lost to UNC Greensboro, 73-68

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