Tony Bennett’s had a rough January. Starting the new year 2-4, the UVA basketball squad has as many losses as the past two seasons combined, and there are still six weeks left. Coming off a Hollywood-style comeback story culminating in the 2019 National Championship, some fans feel like this season has been a letdown.
But what does the typical post-championship year look like? I researched every National Championship team in the past 20 years to see what happens. The surprising highlights?
- Twenty-five percent (5 of 20) defending national champions ended the season unranked.
- Of those teams that ended in the AP, the average rank was #11.
- The average post-championship season record is 26-9.
See the year-by-year results below. As much as fans want an encore season, it appears that the Hoos are on track to be typical after all. But that shouldn’t be discouraging – it’s also rare for a team to stop at one national title.
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