Thrill is Gone: DePaul, OSU & USF Combine For One NCAA Win Last 28 Years
A significant number of schools turn sheepish at the mention of recent NCAA Tournament success. Among Division I institutions making at least 10 NCAA playoff appearances, seven former Final Four participants - Houston, New Mexico State, Oregon State, Princeton, San Francisco, Southern Methodist and Texas-El Paso - combined to go winless in the past 19 years.
DePaul, Oregon State and San Francisco each have won more than 20 NCAA tourney games but collaborated for only one win in the past 28 years (DePaul over Dayton in double overtime in 2004). With B.B. King "The Thrill is Gone" lyrics in the background for Minnesota, New Mexico State, Princeton and SMU after their opening-game setbacks this year, following is an alphabetical list of schools with at least 10 NCAA playoff appearances for which Sweet 16 is a distant memory:
School (Playoff Appearances) Recent NCAA Tournament Travails Boston College (18) winless past 10 years with only one appearance Charlotte (11) no appearance past 12 years; winless past 16 years Clemson (11) one victory past 20 years DePaul (22) appeared once past 17 years; one victory past 28 years George Washington (11) one victory past 23 years Georgia (12) one victory past 21 years Holy Cross (13) posted first win since 1953 last season in play-in game Houston (19) winless past 33 years Idaho State (11) winless past 40 years Minnesota (13) one victory past 20 years New Mexico State (21) winless past 24 years Old Dominion (11) one victory past 22 years Oregon State (17) winless past 35 years Penn (23) one victory past 37 years Pepperdine (13) one victory past 35 years Princeton (25) winless past 19 years San Francisco (16) appeared once past 35 years Santa Clara (11) no appearance past 21 years Seattle (11) winless since 1964 Southern Methodist (12) winless past 29 years Texas-El Paso (17) winless past 25 years Utah State (20) one victory past 47 years Weber State (15) winless past 18 years Wyoming (15) one victory past 30 years