1956 - San Francisco Dons
The first team in NCAA Men’s Division I basketball to ever complete a true perfect season were the 1956 San Francisco Dons.
Under the guidance of Phil Woolpert, the University of San Francisco was dominant in the mid 1950’s.
As well as winning 14 straight in their conference (the California Basketball Association) they finished the regular season with a 25-0 record.
In tournament play the Dons comfortably saw off UCLA and Utah to reach the Final Four, before defeating Southern Methodist (86-63) and finally Iowa (83-71) to make history.
When you have two of the games legends on your roster making history is a little easier I guess.
Bill Russell, who would go on to win 11 NBA championships, be voted the league’s MVP five times, and have his number six jersey retired by the Boston Celtics, averaged twenty points during their unbeaten run.
While K.C. Jones backed up Russell throughout the period before following him to the Celtics where the rest is history.
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