There hasn't been an unbeaten team at a Final Four since 1991, when Duke upset UNLV in a national semifinal, handing the Runnin' Rebels their first loss of the season.
In the December 1, 1975 edition of Sports Illustrated, College Basketball Issue, the Hoosiers were No. 1. Behind Coach Bob Knight's security blanket, the Hoosiers were assembling an all-around game that surpassed their last season's rugged combination of offense and defense. Coach Knight admitted, "There's great senior leadership. These players are as aware of how hard they should be working as any I've had."
Back then, Marquette Coach Al McGuire said, "Indiana has the best team with the best players and the best coach."
There had been no ill effects from Indiana's last year, when the team swept to a 31-0 record before suffering a 92-90 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Mideast Regional.
Now there is so much conspiring against an undefeated season that few basketball coaches can relate to Kentucky's Coach John Calipari at this point.
But there was a Division III men's basketball team that went undefeated in 1998. That team was Wisconsin-Platteville. Its coach was Bo Ryan. Now at Wisconsin. His next game is Saturday against Kentucky.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2015