North Carolina holds the all-time record, with 27 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. The streak spanned from 1975-2001. With the inclusion of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Arizona holds the longest current streak, with 25 consecutive appearances.
Including the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, the University of Kentucky has 17 consecutive appearances. Their current streak began with the 1992 tournament, and is currently the third longest active streak behind Arizona (24) and Kansas (18). Duke University is fourth on the list with 13 consecutive appearances.
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There is no winning streak in the tournament as Ky the 2012 champion did not make the tournament this year.
Through 2013, the longest streak of consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA men's basketball tournament belongs to North Carolina, which advance to the Sweet 16 for 13 seasons 1981-1993.From 1967-1980, UCLA was among the final 16 teams, but 1) its 1980 tournament appearance was vacated due to NCAA violations and 2) the tournament did not expand to 32 teams until 1975, effectively negating the concept of "making it to the Sweet 16."The longest current "streak" belongs to Ohio State, which has been to the Sweet 16 for four straight years (2010-2013).
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North Carolina has the most consectutive NCAA tounament appearances ever with 27 from 1975 - 2001. Current streaks: Kansas: 21 (1990 - 2010) Duke: 15 (1996 - 2010) Michigan State: 13 (1998 - 2010) Gonzaga, Texas, Wisconsin: 12 Arizona had a streak of 25 appearances broken in 2010. Source: espn.com sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=4995190
The longest streak is held by the University of North Carolina with 27 straight appearances in the NCAA tourney from 1975 (the first year that competition allowed more than one team from a conference to get a guaranteed bid) to 2001-the longest such streak in tournament history. Other streaks including the 2010 NCAA tournament, are Kansas (21)*, Duke (15), Michigan State (13), Gonzaga (12) Texas (12) Wisconsin (12), Pittsburgh (9). *Kansas missed the tournament in 1989 due to NCAA probation but have not missed the tournament in a normal season since 1983. Arizona has the second longest streak at 25 until 2010 when they failed to make the tournament.