Two undefeated basketball teams, 57 years apart but twinned nevertheless in their quest for perfection and a place in history: North Carolina in 1957 and Wichita State in 2014.
As Kansans of a certain age will recall, North Carolina succeeded. Do lessons for WSU lie in the parallel histories?
Directly comparing two teams a half-century apart is nonsense. Today’s players are taller, faster, stronger, more experienced, better trained. The game is different: in 1957 there were no dunks, no shot clock, no three-point shot, so the Xs and Os differ. The season was 30-34 games at most, not 40-42. But since teams in each era played under the same circumstances and rules, going an entire championship season without a loss is equally impressive and rare.
Despite the existential differences, the mystique surrounding two unbeaten seasons can be examined.