Which College Basketball Team Will Remain Undefeated the Longest?
There are 14 undefeated teams left in college basketball, but which will be the last one standing?
Some could lose as early as this week, while others may make it to the start of the new calendar year, but I believe just one squad will remain unblemished into February.
Let's examine the field.
Wichita State (Dec. 13)
The Shockers could actually be the last team standing, remaining undefeated until playing at Illinois State in their 27th game of the season on Feb. 17.
That's because ISU is the next team in the top 100 that they are scheduled to play on the road.
However, after barely getting by Air Force on Sunday, there's reason to believe Wichita State could lose as early as its next game at Tennessee on Thursday.
Even if the Shockers win that contest, they face speed bumps at Drake, Bradley, Evansville and Missouri State in January, not to mention tough home games against Illinois State and Creighton.
LSU (Dec. 14)
LSU should improve to 6-0 against Chattanooga on Tuesday, but will most likely lose its first game of the season Friday at 6-2 Boise State. The Broncos are undefeated at home this year.
Charlotte (Dec. 14)
Charlotte figures to lose its next game at Miami, where even Michigan State lost earlier this year.
Florida (Dec. 15)
Florida is another team that should fall in its next game. The Gators travel to undefeated Arizona on Saturday, where the Wildcats have won seven straight.
Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 16)
Eastern Kentucky's win streak is most likely over. Up next for the Colonels is a date at Illinois.
Illinois (Dec. 22)
Illinois should roll Norfolk State and Eastern Kentucky this week, but figures to trip up at Missouri. The 8-1 Tigers have won seven in a row at home.
New Mexico (Dec. 27)
New Mexico will be 13-0 when it loses its first game at undefeated Cincinnati on Dec. 27. The Bearcats are winners of 12 consecutive home games.
Cincinnati (Dec. 31)
New Mexico figures to be Cincinnati's final victory before its undefeated season comes to an end on Dec. 31 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers have won 13 straight at the Petersens Event Center, which is always a difficult place for Big East teams to pick up a road win.
Arizona (Jan. 10)
Arizona has two tough home bouts upcoming with Florida and Colorado, but should remain undefeated into the new year. That is until it travels to Oregon, where the Ducks have won 13 straight.
Duke (Jan. 12)
Duke finally gets a few cupcakes on its schedule before traveling to Davidson on Jan. 2 for its first true road game of the season. The Blue Devils should remain undefeated there, but figure to suffer their first loss 10 days later at NC State.
Michigan (Jan. 13)
Michigan opens its Big Ten schedule at Northwestern on Jan. 3. While the Wolverines should be able to win that game, they'll face a much stiffer challenge 10 days later at Ohio State.
Syracuse (Jan. 19)
Syracuse figures to face very little resistance until it travels to Louisville on Jan. 19 for its 18th game of the season.
Wyoming (Jan. 24)
Wyoming is the dark horse in all this. The Cowboys could suffer their first defeat at SMU on Jan. 2, but considering how easily they dispatched of Illinois State on the road earlier this month, they should be able to remain unblemished through that contest.
Home dates with Boise State and San Diego State will be challenging, but Wyoming has won 10 straight on its own court. So that leaves a Jan. 24 trip to Vegas to play UNLV as the first loss on the Cowboys' schedule.
Indiana (Feb. 7)
Indiana has won 14 straight at home, which is where the Hoosiers will play nine of their next 13 games. Road trips to Iowa, Penn State, Northwestern and Purdue are all very winnable, so IU figures to remain undefeated until playing its 23rd game of the season at Illinois on Feb. 7.