Florida backs up being new Number 1 by edging Vanderbilt, and Wichita State goes to 30-0 after dispatching Bradley on the road

After Kansas and Syracuse got some much needed wins on Monday night, Tuesday’s slate featured some more titantic tilts:

In Nashville, Florida held off a game Vanderbilt squad 57-54 to clinch a tie for the SEC regular season title.  Unlike the last time Florida went there as the top dog in February 2007 when Joakim Noah and Al Horfford ended up losing at Vandy, the Gators used that largely as a motivational tool and would eventually end up repeating their national championship.

At Peoria, Bradley’s Senior Night did not go very well.  Wichita State stuck to their game play and made things a cakewalk in the second half as the Shockers became the first school in NCAA history to go 30-0 during the regular season.  The 69-49 final had four Shockers players in double figures, led by Ron Baker’s 15 points.

A very interesting statistic I found out online (thanks to CBSSports.com and other sites), this is the comprehensive list of the last remaining unbeaten schools in each year since the tournament field expanded to 64 way back in 1985.  You will see many familiar schools on this list, but with Wichita State–we shall see what we shall see:

LAST UNBEATEN SCHOOL STANDING IN MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SINCE 1984-85
Year Team Date Started season Total losses/finish
1985 Georgetown Jan. 26 14-0 3 — Lost national title game
1986 Memphis State Feb. 7 20-0 6 — NCAAs 2nd round
1987 DePaul Jan. 25 16-0 3 — Sweet 16
1988 BYU Feb. 6 17-0 6 — NCAAs 2nd round
1989 Illinois Jan. 26 16-0 5 — Final Four
1990 Georgetown Jan. 20 10-0 7 — NCAAs 2nd round
1991 UNLV March 30 34-0 1 — Final Four
1992 Oklahoma State/Duke Feb. 5 18-0/17-0 8 — Sweet 16/2 — Nat’l champs
1993 Virginia Jan. 20 11-0 10 — Sweet 16
1994 UCLA Jan. 30 14-0 7 — NCAAs first round
1995 UConn Jan. 28 15-0 5 — Elite Eight
1996 UMass Feb. 24 26-0 2 — Final Four
1997 Kansas Feb. 4 21-0 2 — Sweet 16
1998 Utah Feb. 1 17-0 4 — Lost nat’l title game
1999 UConn Feb. 1 19-0 2 — Nat’l champs
2000 Syracuse Feb. 7 19-0 6 — Sweet 16
2001 Stanford Feb. 3 20-0 3 — Elite Eight
2002 Duke Jan. 6 12-0 4 – Sweet 16
2003 Duke Jan. 18 12-0 7 –Sweet 16
2004 Saint Joe’s March 11 27-0 2 — Elite Eight
2005 Illinois March 6 29-0 2 — Lost nat’l title game
2006 Florida Jan. 21 17-0 6 — Nat’l champs
2007 Clemson Jan. 13 17-0 11 — Lost NIT title game
2008 Memphis Feb. 23 26-0 2 — Lost nat’l title game
2009 Wake Forest Jan. 21 16-0 7 — Round of 64
2010 Kentucky Jan. 26 19-0 3 — Elite Eight
2011 Ohio State Feb. 12 24-0 3 — Sweet 16
2012 Murray State Feb. 9 23-0 2 — Round of 32
2013 Michigan Jan. 13 16-0 8 — Lost nat’l title game
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