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15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament
15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga entered the 2021 NCAA Tournament with an opportunity to make history by going undefeated but the heavy favorites fell to Baylor in the national championship game. As great a season as the Bulldogs had up to that point, they will always be remembered for the one loss, and they aren't alone.

 

In fact, the 2020-21 Gonzaga Bulldogs barely make the list of the 15 best college basketball teams whose paths to championship glory were cut off by the single-elimination, one-and-done roadblock that is March Madness.

 

Oregon State Beavers vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Preview

Surging Beavers take on Cougars with Final Four berth at stake
Oregon State Beavers vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Preview

The Oregon State Beavers have become one of the top stories of this year's NCAA Tournament and their Sweet 16 win over 8-seed Loyola Chicago has them one win away from the program's first Final Four berth in nearly 50 years. Standing in their way are the Houston Cougars, who took down the similarly upset-minded Syracuse Orange to set up this battle for the Midwest Region crown.

 

Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Cougars look for 10th straight win against upset-minded Orange
Syracuse Orange vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

The Syracuse Orange and Houston Cougars have navigated similar paths to this Saturday's Sweet 16 matchup: a dominant opening-round win followed by a nail-biting three-point victory. Houston opened its NCAA Tournament with a dominant 87-56 performance against 15-seed Cleveland State before overcoming a halftime deficit against 10-seed Rutgers on Sunday for a 63-60 victory.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Cougars bring eight-game win streak into Round of 32 meeting with Scarlet Knights
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Houston Cougars Prediction Pick NCAA Tournament 2021

Friday and Saturday reminded us all how "March Madness" got its name. Sure, the 1-seeds all stayed intact, but a pair of 4-seeds and a 2-seed fell in the opening round. Houston cruised through its first test with a 31-point win over 15-seed Cleveland State while 10-seed Rutgers erased a three-point halftime deficit to win by four over 7-seed Clemson.

 

This Day in Sports History: June 19

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day
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This Day in Sports History: June 19

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, June 19 is the day in which two sports began and Isiah Thomas and LeBron James gave legendary NBA Finals performances.

 

Houston Basketball: Cougars Team Preview and Season Prediction 2019-20

Cougars have set the bar high under Kelvin Sampson
Houston Cougars 2019-20 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

Coming off an American Athletic Conference regular-season title and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, Houston is looking to take the next step.

Houston Cougars vs. Kentucky Wildcats Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Teams' first-ever meeting on the court is for a spot in the Elite Eight
Houston Cougars vs. Kentucky Wildcats Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

The NCAA Tournament has brought about many first-time matchups through the years, and we'll get another one on Friday night when the Houston Cougars take on the Kentucky Wildcats with an Elite Eight berth on the line. The Cougars under Kelvin Sampson are enjoying their first 30-win campaign since the "Phi Slama Jama" era of the early 1980s, while the Wildcats have been constant championship contenders under head coach John Calipari. And when these two forces collide it could be a historic occasion.

 

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Buckeyes look for a second straight upset when they take on the Cougars for a spot in the Sweet 16
Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Houston Cougars Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

We're in for a treat on Sunday when the resurgent Ohio State Buckeyes and the dominant Houston Cougars go head-to-head in the Midwest Region's second round. This will be just the second time that OSU (20-14) has faced an AAC team this season, as the Buckeyes defeated Cincinnati in their season opener back in November. This, however, will be the first time that Houston (32-3) has tangled with a Big Ten squad since last season when Michigan eliminated them in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Houston Cougars Prediction and Preview

Ed Oliver and the Cougars open AAC play against the reeling Golden Hurricane
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Houston Cougars Prediction and Preview

There may be three undefeated teams standing in the American Athletic Conference East Division, but the Houston Cougars look to prove why they are a legitimate contender in the AAC on Thursday night with a home game against a struggling Tulsa program.

 

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