Predicting the 1st Loss in 2014-15 for Top College Basketball Teams

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Predicting the 1st Loss in 2014-15 for Top College Basketball Teams
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A single loss in college basketball doesn't carry anywhere near the amount of weight that it does in football, but it does mark the end of any delusions for a perfect season.

We were spoiled with Wichita State's magical run last year. Prior to the Shockers' 34-0 mark, the last team to enter the NCAA tournament with an undefeated record was UNLV in 1990-91. So let's not go assuming lightning is going to strike in back-to-back years.

Thanks to early tournaments and the selection committee's emphasis on nonconference scheduling, we'll be lucky to even see two teams enter the month of January with a zero in the loss column.

But who will those two teams be?

After looking through the schedules for the projected top 20 teams in the country, we've forecasted where each one will suffer its first loss of the season.

These 20 teams are based on the composite rankings posted in late April by ESPN's Eamonn Brennan, CBS Sports' Gary Parrish, USA Today's Scott Gleeson and Nicole Auerbach and B/R's C.J. Moore and Jason King. If you feel like your favorite team was unduly left off the list, blame them.

The following slides are listed in chronological order of first projected loss. Sorry, Louisville.

 

Statistics on the following slides are courtesy of ESPN.com and KenPom.com (subscription required).

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