Most NCAA tournament wins without reaching the Final Four

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The Xavier Musketeers with two wins in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament became the 49th team in the event’s history to win 20 or more games in tourney. Unfortunately for Xavier, they are one of four schools in this group that have never played in the Final Four. (Two wins this weekend would take them out of this dubious group.)

Following are the schools that have the most NCAA men’s basketball tournament wins but have never played in a Final Four.

Tournament wins, school

22: Boston College, Missouri

21: Xavier

20: Alabama

17: Gonzaga

16: Tennessee

15: Brigham Young University

13: Arizona State

12: Auburn, Tulsa

10: Creighton, Vanderbilt

Note: BYU sits atop the list of schools that have the most NCAA men’s tournament appearances (years in the tournament) without reaching the Final Four with 26. They are followed by Missouri with 25, Xavier with 22 and Utah State with 20.

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