Just more than a month after the season started, there are only nine unbeaten teams left in Division I men’s college basketball. And it’s a similar story at the other end of the spectrum: Only five teams have yet to win a game.
Getting this far without a loss is no small feat. Just ask Gonzaga, which knocked off Duke and Creighton before finally losing to Tennessee last weekend.
Here’s a look at each of the remaining teams with a zero in either the win column or loss column:
First, the undefeated nine:
Best Start Since: 1930-31. Not a misprint. Buffalo went undefeated that season, finishing 15-0.
Highlight So Far: CJ Massinburg scored 43 points to lift Buffalo to a 99-94 overtime win at West Virginia on Nov. 9.
Why They’re Unbeaten: Massinburg leads the way, but the Bulls also have three other players with scoring averages in double figures. They routed Arizona in last season’s NCAA Tournament and have picked up where they left off.
Upcoming Challenge: Buffalo isn’t shying away from tough nonconference matchups. The Bulls play at Syracuse and Marquette next week.
Best Start Since: This is the best start in school history.
Highlight So Far: Furman won at Villanova on Nov. 17, 76-68 in overtime .
Why They’re Unbeaten: Jordan Lyons leads the Paladins in scoring at 18.4 points per game. That includes a 54-point outing against Division II North Greenville in November in which he made 15 3-pointers. Matt Rafferty had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the Villanova game.
Upcoming Challenge: The Paladins still aren’t in the top 100 in the rankings at kenpom.com, so some skepticism is in order. They play at LSU on Dec. 21.
Best Start Since: 1969-70. Houston started 9-0 that season, then later had an 11-game winning streak that ended with a loss in the regional semifinals.
Highlight So Far: The Cougars beat a nationally ranked Oregon team 65-61 on Dec. 1 , the night they opened their new $60 million arena.
Why They’re Unbeaten: The Cougars came within a buzzer beater of a Sweet 16 berth last season. Guards Armoni Brooks and Corey Davis are each averaging 16.5 points per game.
Upcoming Challenge: The Cougars host LSU on Wednesday night. Their conference schedule includes trips to Central Florida (Feb. 7) and Cincinnati (March 10).
Best Start Since: 2010-11. Kansas began that season with 18 straight wins and kept right on rolling until a loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the regional finals.
Highlight So Far: The Jayhawks began the season in style, beating Michigan State 92-87 in Indianapolis on Nov. 6.
Why They’re Unbeaten: The Jayhawks narrowly escaped in overtime against Tennessee and Stanford, but the talent level is obvious. Junior Dedric Lawson is averaging 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds.
Upcoming Challenge: Kansas hosts defending national champion Villanova on Saturday. The Jayhawks also play at Arizona State on Dec. 22.