Which mens basketball team has made the most NCAA tournament appearances without winning a championship?Notre Dame
Brigham Young University has made 22 NCAA Tournament appearances without advancing to the final four. This is as of the end of the 2007 season.
At the start of the 2009-2010 season, Illinois stands as the team with the most tournament wins without a championship at 38 wins.
The school with the most appearances without a championship win is the University of NotreDame, which has made 33 appearances (including 2013) in the men's basketball tournament without winning a championship. Its closest bid came in 1978, its sole Final Four appearance, when it lost to Duke 90-86 in the semi-finals.In theory, the school with the most appearances without winning any games is Iona, which has received eight bids and is credited with no wins. (Iona technically beat Holy Cross 84-78 in the 1980 opening round, but because of NCAA infractions, its win was later vacated.) Through 2013, the most appearances without any wins of any sort (vacated or not) is a distinction shared byEastern Kentucky University and the University of Louisiana-Monroe(formerly Northeast Louisiana University), each of which has received seven bids but hasyet to win a game.
Including the 2012 NCAA Tournament: Brigham Young University has made the Tournament 28 times and has never made it to the Final Four. Missouri is second, with 26 appearances without ever making the Final Four. Xavier, which so far has won in the 2012 tournament as this is being written, is third with 22 years without an appearance.
BYU or Missouri -- it's one of them. I'm pretty sure it is Boston College. 18 tournament appearances, 22 wins, no final fours.
Jim Phelan, Mt. St. Mary's 830 wins.
As the tournament currently stands, including the play-in game between the 65th and 64th seeds, one game is played for every team that gets eliminated without winning a championship... so that is a total of 64 games.
Illinois has the most Tournament victories without a title. They currently sit 17th on the all-tme list with 38 tournament victories. Although, while they have not won an NCAA Title, they were awarded the Helms Foundation National Champioship in 1915.