Found January 24, 2013 on NESN.com:
It’s unusual for a team to win the NCAA Basketball national championship and follow it up the next season by missing out on the Big Dance, but it does happen. Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators won back-to-back national titles in 2006 and ’07 behind future NBA first-round picks Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer. In 2007-08, Donovan had to replace those three and the Gators slipped to a 21-11 regular-season record and settled for the NIT. In the 2008-09 season, North Carolina was penciled in as the team to beat to start the year, and the Heels didn’t disappoint. UNC won every game in the NCAA Tournament by double digits for the school’s fifth national title. Carolina had a +121 point differential in the tournament, No. 2 all-time to Kentucky’s +129 in 1996. Roy Williams lost the likes of Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington off that team. It showed the next season as the young Heels finished 16-16 in the regular season (5-11 in the ACC) and also went to the NIT. Last se...
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