Top 10 Worst Post-Title Game Seasons

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As the college basketball season wheels around its final corners, the nation's top teams are hoping to gun their motors at just the right time and ascend to the NCAA championship. Every year, of course, one team winds up driving the Cadillac. But what happens the next season? Will the gears still mesh smoothly? Or will the wheels come off? The dictionary defines the idiom "wheels come off" as the point when "things start to fail or go wrong, especially after a period of success."

Like the success of a national championship? That no doubt would qualify. And while many of the same cast of characters seem able to shift into overdrive at tournament time each year, very few are built as high-mileage models. In fact, it's not that uncommon to win the national championship...

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