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.
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.
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.
This college basketball season has been characterized by one thing – parity – and it’s a label that has carried over into the NCAA Tournament. But that’s not always the case as there often has been a team that has clearly separated itself from the rest of the pack. However, that regular season or even early Tournament domination hasn’t always been punctuated with a national championship.
The best team doesn’t always win the NCAA Tournament. Many of greatest rosters ever assembled failed to cut down the nets in the one-and-done, single-elimination Madness of March. These are the 15 best teams that never won the NCAA Tournament.