Longest Final Four Droughts (Power Conference Teams)

Fighter of the Nightman

Well-Known Member
Jul 8, 2019
1,233
1,383
113
Chicago, IL
Team
Illinois
Illinois recently extended Brad Underwood, and I was extremely happy ... the guy walked into a dumpster fire and had us winning Big Ten championships and getting #1 seeds in just a few years. However, it's somewhat well known we still haven't made it to the Sweet Sixteen since 2005 - the same year we last made the Final Four. I was absolutely shocked to learn that Arizona has a longer drought, waiting since 2001, so I decided to look up the last time each power conference team made it to the final weekend. First, we will start with the most unfortunate of lists ... the teams that have NEVER had the honor:

Never Made the Final Four (Total NCAAT App.)
Missouri (28) ... 5 Elite Eights ... OUCH, Mizzou!
Xavier (28) ... 3 Elite Eights ... pretty rough, as well.
Tennessee (24) ... 1 Elite Eight ... was very surprised Tennessee has never made it!
Creighton (24) ... 1 Elite Eight
Alabama (22) ... 1 Elite Eight
Boston College (18) ... 3 Elite Eights
Arizona State (15) ... 3 Elite Eights
Vanderbilt (15) ... 1 Elite Eight
Texas A&M (14) ... 0 Elite Eights
Virginia Tech (13) ... 1 Elite Eight
Miami (FL) (11) ... 1 Elite Eight in 2022
TCU (9) ... 1 Elite Eight
Ole Miss (9) ... 0 Elite Eights
Nebraska (7) ... 0 Elite Eights
Northwestern (1) ... 0 Elite Eights

Longest Droughts Among Power Conference Teams
81 years (1941) - Pitt, Washington State
78 years (1944) - Iowa State
69 years (1953) - Washington
68 years (1954) - USC, Penn State
67 years (1955) - Colorado
62 years (1960) - Cal
60 years (1962) - Wake Forest
59 years (1963) - Oregon State
58 years (1964) - Kansas State
50 years (1972) - Florida State
46 years (1976) - Rutgers
44 years (1978) - Notre Dame ... would never know this listening to Digger Phelps!
43 years (1979) - DePaul
42 years (1980) - Purdue, Iowa ... RIP @hawkit3113
39 years (1983) - NC State, Georgia
37 years (1985) - St. John's
35 years (1987) - Providence
33 years (1989) - Seton Hall
27 years (1995) - Arkansas ... not for long??
26 years (1996) - Mississippi State
25 years (1997) - Minnesota ... but it was vacated, so technically never? :) @Deathclutch

Longest Droughts Among Teams With 4 Final Fours or More
58 years (1964) - Kansas State
27 years (1995) - Arkansas
21 years (2001) - Arizona
20 years (2002) - Indiana
18 years (2004) - Oklahoma State
17 years (2005) - Illinois
16 years (2006) - LSU
15 years (2007) - Georgetown
10 years (2012) - Ohio State

It's been 9 years (2013) for Louisville, but if we vacate their vacated stuff, they join Illinois at that 17 years (2005) mark. :) Of the teams who have never made it, it seems like Tennessee is the most likely to break through. I picked them to in my bracket this year, so they can thank me for that kiss of death.
 

HawksJ

Well-Known Member
Gold Member
Jul 16, 2001
4,353
6,663
113
There are, in fact, some college basketball lists that Missouri and K-State always populate.

Who says they aren’t relevant?
 
  • Like
Reactions: HoosierstuckinIowa

HailToPitt725

Well-Known Member
May 16, 2016
7,154
12,652
113
Team
Pittsburgh
I’m honestly impressed that Pitt has as good of a college basketball tradition as we do, yet still have the longest drought among power conferences. We’re due eventually… right?
 

Fighter of the Nightman

Well-Known Member
Jul 8, 2019
1,233
1,383
113
Chicago, IL
Team
Illinois
It's kind of shocking Sean Miller never got there. He had some really good teams until the NCAA started to investigate the program
Shows how hard it is. I feel Illinois is the non-Blue Blood version of Kansas, lol - so much regular season success, but we’ve choked in the Tournament a lot. We have 5 Final Fours, but we could easily have 8 and 3 NCs. Sucks, but March Madness doesn’t just take being good. Gotta be lucky, too. Or just be good ALL the time.
 
  • Like
Reactions: duckboy33