NCAA Tournament 2017: Villanova latest defending champion to learn how hard repeat is

Villanova is the 10th consecutive school to fail to national champion to fail to repeat. The Wildcats failed to match the Florida Gators, who went back to back in 2006 and 2007.

Wisconsin defeated defending national champion Villanova 65-62 in the second round of the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday, which means a new national champion will be crowned at the Final Four.

The Wildcats were the No. 1 seed in the East Region coming off their national championship run in 2016, but they learned — as other recent national champions have — that the road to a repeat isn’t easy.

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Florida is the last school to repeat as national champion. The Gators won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2006 and 2007. They failed to make the tournament in 2008, though, and that started a trend of the defending national champion struggling the following season.

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Villanova is the latest victim. None of the past 10 national champions have advanced past the Sweet 16 the following year. Here's how their seasons ended:

Florida, 2007 champion

2008: Lost to UMass in the NIT semifinals

Kansas, 2008

2009: Lost to Michigan State in the Sweet 16

North Carolina, 2009

2010: Lost to Dayton in the NIT championship

Duke, 2010

2011: Lost to Arizona in the Sweet 16

Connecticut,2011

2012: Lost to Iowa State in the NCAA first round

Kentucky, 2012

2013: Lost to Robert Morris in the NIT first round

Louisville, 2013

2014: Lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16

Connecticut, 2014

2015: Lost to Arizona State in the NIT first round

Duke, 2015

2016: Lost to Oregon in the Sweet 16

Villanova, 2016

2017: Lost to Wisconsin in the NCAA second round

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