It takes a special team, and often a lot of luck to win an NCAA championship. The best team doesn’t always win. Even at the best programs, their best team isn’t necessarily the one that won a title. Often, the team that wins is the one that perseveres, survives, advances and wins along the way.
Sometimes an injury can derail a special season. A turnover at an inopportune time, a poor shooting night or missed free throws can end a dream season. Here are 25 teams that had dreams seasons end short of expectations.