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.