Who Will Remain Undefeated the Longest?
It is the second week of December and only five teams remain undefeated. Who are they and how have they got here?
The Liberty Flames out of the Atlantic Sun Conference have the most wins out of any undefeated team with 11. How they’ve got here however has been the easiest. The Flames best win thus far came against Rice on a neutral court. Liberty has only played one road game up to this point and that was against two win East Carolina. Their schedule starts to heat up this Friday as they travel to Vanderbilt this Saturday night before hosting Towson and then heading to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on the 29th. The Flames are led by senior guard Caleb Homesley who is leading the team in points and assists.
San Diego State
The San Diego State Aztecs find themselves on this lift after a miraculous three pointer to beat San Jose State on Sunday. The Aztecs are off to a 10-0, their best start since Kawhi Leonard was on the team. The Aztecs have had a few quality ones so far this season beating Creighton and Iowa in Vegas as well as BYU on the road. Their next game is against NAIA San Diego Christian before they head to Utah to take on the Utes and Cal Poly to end the year. Malachi Flynn has been a big part of this hot start averaging 16 points and 5 assists on the year.
The Buckeyes have looked dominant up to this point and are the highest ranked out of any undefeated teams. The Buckeyes are ranked 3rd in the nation and hope to move up even more after Louisville’s loss to Texas Tech. Many view them as the best team in the nation and its well deserved. The Buckeyes have already beat both Villanova and North Carolina by 25. They hope to keep the streak alive when they travel to Minnesota on Sunday before they host SE Missouri State Tuesday. If they get through those two games with wins as expected, they head into a matchup with Kentucky on the 21st undefeated at 11-0. Junior big man Kaleb Wesson has led the way for the buckeyes so far averaging a near double double with 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Bruce Pearl’s squad finds themselves at 8-0. The Tigers have yet to play a ranked team but have beat multiple quality opponents including Davidson, New Mexico, and Furman. It took the Tigers overtime to take down Furman last Thursday and squeezed by South Alabama a few weeks back with a 70-69 win on the road. The schedule will start to get harder for Auburn as they host one loss Saint Louis on Saturday and then host NC State next Thursday. The Tigers have been led by Samir Doughty who’s averaging 19 points a game as well as Austin Wiley who’s contributing 11 points and 9 rebounds.
The Dukes are off to an 8-0 after a fairly easy schedule up to this point. The Dukes two best wins came from the Junkanoo Jam which took place on November 21st and 22nd when they took down Indiana State 74-71 and Air Force 69-63. They lead all of college basketball in shot blocking averaging 19 blocks every 100 possessions. The Dukes do not have a home court this year as it is under renovation so they play at a bunch of different venues for “home” games. Their next game is Saturday on the road against Radford before they play Austin Peay and UAB in the St. Pete Shootout the following week. Sophomore guard Sincere Carry has led the Dukes so far leading the team in PPG with 12.
Who will last the longest on this list?
From what I’ve seen so far this year, everything makes me believe that Ohio State will be the last team on this list. The Buckeyes have dominated every team they’ve faced thus far winning all but the first by 19 or more points. I fully expect them to take down the Kentucky Wildcats in ten days and then the Mountaineers on the 29th. The Buckeyes have been the lone consistent team this year and in my eyes are the best team in America. Just last week they beat Penn State, who just upset Maryland, by 32. A few days prior to that game they took down the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill by a whopping 25. This Buckeye team has looked great through its first 9 games and there’s no reason to believe they’ll stop.