Is it even possible that the reigning NCAA Champs could be excluded from the NCAA Tournament the following year?
The answer to that is it's not only possible, but there have been six teams who had cut down the nets one year only to miss March Madness the next.
It has actually happened seven times, but we won't count the 1989 Kansas Jayhawks team who were on NCAA probation because of recruiting violations.
As we start the 2012-13 college basketball season, let's take a lightning fast look at those six ill-fated teams that went from (using the old ABC Wild World of Sports saying) "the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat."
While this college hoops oddity is not likely to repeat itself with this year's Kentucky Wildcats, my guess is the following programs didn't enter "the next year" thinking it was possible either.
Thank you to the Wikipedia NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship page for coming up with this interesting list.