Dayton Flyers: How rare a feat is unbeaten conference record?

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Highlights from Dayton's postgame celebration on Senior Night

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UD 18-0 in A-10 a quarter of a century after finishing 0-12 in Great Midwest

Twenty five years after finishing 0-12 in their second and last season in the Great Midwest Conference, the Dayton Flyers achieved a rare feat by finishing 18-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

But just how rare is the achievement?

A scan of the annual standings for every Division I conference on Sports-reference.com shows 63 teams completed their conference schedules without a loss in the previous 30 seasons (1990-2019), or just over two per season on average.

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Dayton and New Mexico State (16-0 in the Western Athletic Conference) were the only teams to do it in 2020. Dayton is the 15th team since 1990 to go undefeated while playing 18 or more conference games.

The Big Ten hasn’t seen a team finish the conference schedule without a loss since Indiana finished 18-0 in 1976. The Big East — the old version and the new version — has never produced an undefeated champion.

The last perfect A-10 team before Dayton was George Washington (16-0) in 2006. Dayton is the first Ohio team to go undefeated in conference play since Cincinnati in 2000.

Gonzaga has gone undefeated in the West Coast Conference five times since 2004. The Ivy League has produced 10 undefeated teams.

There have been three seasons in the last 30 years in which every team suffered at least one conference loss: 2001, 2011 and 2018.

Here’s the full list going back to 1990:

2019

SOUTHERN: Wofford (18-0)

WEST COAST: Gonzaga (16-0)

2018

None

2017

AMERICA EAST: Vermont (16-0)

IVY: Princeton (14-0)

2016

SOUTHLAND: Stephen F. Austin (18-0)

2015

MEAC: North Carolina Central (16-0)

SEC: Kentucky (18-0)

2014

MISSOURI VALLEY: Wichita State (18-0)

SEC: Florida (18-0)

SOUTHLAND: Stephen F. Austin (18-0)

2013

CONFERENCE USA: Memphis (16-0)

MEAC: Norfolk State (16-0)

WEST COAST: Gonzaga (16-0)

2012

SEC: Kentucky (16-0)

2011

None

2010

HORIZON: Butler (18-0)

2009

CONFERENCE USA: Memphis (16-0)

WEST COAST: Gonzaga (14-0)

2008

CONFERENCE USA: Memphis (16-0)

IVY: Cornell (14-0)

SOUTHERN: Davidson (20-0)

2007

BIG SOUTH: Winthrop (14-0)

CONFERENCE USA: Memphis (16-0)

2006

ATLANTIC 10: George Washington (16-0)

PATRIOT LEAGUE: Bucknell (14-0)

WEST COAST: Gonzaga (14-0)

2005

BIG WEST: Pacific (18-0)

SOUTHERN: Davidson (16-0)

2004

ATLANTIC 10: Saint Joseph’s (16-0)

OHIO VALLEY: Austin Peay (16-0)

WEST COAST: Gonzaga (14-0)

2003

BIG SKY: Weber State (14-0)

IVY LEAGUE: Penn (14-0)

SEC: Kentucky (16-0)

2002

BIG 12: Kansas (16-0)

2001

None

2000

BIG WEST: Utah State (16-0)

CONFERENCE USA: Cincinnati (16-0)

IVY : Penn (14-0)

1999

ACC: Duke (16-0)

WAC: Utah (14-0)

1998

IVY: Princeton (14-0)

WAC: Texas Christian (14-0)

1997

IVY: Princeton (14-0)

TRANS-AMERICA: Charleston (16-0)

1996

MCC: Green Bay (16-0)

SEC: Kentucky (16-0)

SOUTHERN: Davidson (14-0)

SOUTHWEST: Texas Tech (14-0)

1995

AMERICAN WEST: Southern Utah (6-0)

IVY: Penn (14-0)

MCC: Xavier (14-0)

1994

BIG EIGHT: Missouri (14-0)

EAST COAST: Troy (5-0)

IVY: Penn (14-0)

MEAC: Coppin State (16-0)

1993

IVY: Penn (14-0)

MEAC: Coppin State (16-0)

SUN BELT: New Orleans (18-0)

1992

BIG WEST: UNLV (18-0)

NORTH ATLANTIC: Delaware (14-0)

WEST COAST: Pepperdine (14-0)

1991

BIG WEST: UNLV (18-0)

IVY: Princeton (14-0)

1990

MEAC: La Salle (16-0)