Revisited: What is worst loss byeventual NCAA champ?

Miami’s mauling of No. 1 Duke, 90-63, last night in south Florida caused us to revisit an old question.

What is the biggest regular-season loss, in terms of margin, by a team that went on to win the NCAA Tournament?

We tackled this subject last year, when North Carolina was bludgeoned by Florida State, 90-57, in Tallahassee. With the help of reader Dr. Jeffery Neil Burch, we came to the conclusion that it was the 1965 UCLA team, which lost by 27 points to Illinois, 110-83, before going on to win John Wooden’s second national title.

Here’s the updated chart.

 

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