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This year’s quartet of men’s Final Four teams have each made multiple trips to the Final Four (Kentucky 15th, Kansas 14th, Ohio State 11th and Louisville 9th) and have each won a national title (Kentucky 7, Kansas 3, Louisville 2 and Ohio State 1).
There have been, however, several schools that have made multiple trips to the Final Four yet have not won a championship. Following are the schools that have made three or more trips to the Final Four but are still waiting for their first title. Also noted is the number of Championship Games they have played in, and the last time they played in the Final Four. Those schools with two Final Four appearances are also noted.
School, Final Four appearances (Championship Games) Last Final Four appearance
Houston……….5 (2) 1984
Illinois………….5 (1) 2005
Kansas State…4 (1) 1964
LSU……………..4 (0) 2006
Oklahoma…….4 (2) 2002
Iowa…………….3 (1) 1980
Memphis………3 (2) 2008
Texas……………3 (0) 2003
Schools with two Final Four appearances but no title: Baylor, Bradley, Butler, Colorado, Dartmouth, DePaul, Georgia Tech, NYU, Oregon State, Providence, Purdue, St. John’s, Temple, USC, Virginia, West Virginia.
Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog that is published multiple times weekly looking at stats that go beyond the numbers.
With their number 2 seed in the NCAA Midwest regional this year, the Kansas Jayhawks extended their current streak of receiving a #1, #2, #3, or #4 seed in a region for the 12th straight year. The last time Kansas was not a 1, 2, 3, or 4 seed in a region was in 2000 when they were the #8 seed in the East region in that tourney.
Four other schools this year received a top four regional seed for the third straight year (or more). Duke is a #2 seed in the South, giving them five straight years with a top four regional seed. Syracuse is the #1 seed in the East, the fourth straight year they have been a top four regional seed. A pair of Big Ten schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin both received top four regional seeds this year (Ohio State #2 in the East; Wisconsin #4 in the East) giving them each their third straight top four regional seed.
Following are the schools which have had the most top four regional seeds in the past 13 tournaments (since 2000)
Most top four regional seeds since 2000, schools
12: Duke, Kansas
7: Connecticut, Ohio State, Syracuse
6: Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas
Did you know? Six different schools have been a number 1 in a regional three or more times since 2000. Leading the list is Duke which has been a number 1 seed eight times in the last 13 years. They are followed by North Carolina and Kansas with five, Kentucky with four, and Stanford and Michigan State with three.