The Washington Times - January 21, 2009, 11:43PM

OK, there’s no dose of James Fenimore Cooper. That was just a tease.

Instead, this is more a nod to Wake Forest, which will go down as the last unbeaten team of 2009 even though it lost tonight to Virginia Tech.


Recent history suggests it will still be a good year for the Demon Deacons.

Only one final unbeaten since 1995 failed to make the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. That was Clemson in 2007, which happened to not even make the tournament at all.

Otherwise, it’s an imposing group that features a couple champions (1999 Connecticut and 2006 Florida) and three finalists (1998 Utah, 2005 Illinois and 2008 Memphis). Not bad company.

Dino Gaudio’s team still has plenty to prove. But for now, Wake can rightfully be mentioned in the same breath as these teams since 1994 (much thanks to for the data to mine through to uncover this answer):

YearTeamFirst loss
2009Wake Forest
Jan. 21
Virginia Tech
2008MemphisFeb. 23
2007ClemsonJan. 13
at Maryland
2006FloridaJan. 21
at Tennessee
2005IllinoisMarch 6
at Ohio State
2004Saint Joseph’s
March 11
vs. Xavier
Regional final
2003DukeJan. 18
at Maryland
Regional semis
2002DukeJan. 6
at Florida State
Regional semis
2001StanfordFeb. 3
UCLARegional final
2000SyracuseFeb. 7
Seton Hall
Regional semis
1999ConnecticutFeb. 1
1998UtahFeb. 1
at New Mexico
1997KansasFeb. 4
at Missouri
Regional semis
1996MassachusettsFeb. 24
Geo. Washington
Final Four
1995ConnecticutJan. 28
at Kansas
Regional final
UCLAJan. 30
at California
First round

Patrick Stevens