Once upon a time, that four-letter school in Westwood won seven consecutive national championships. It is both an unthinkable achievement and the byproduct of a smaller, more regional NCAA tournament.
The institution of multibid conferences in 1976 and the dawn of the 64-team bracket in 1985 changed the face of college basketball's postseason forever. More recently, the era of one-and-done stars makes the prospect of multiseason dominance by any school far less likely.
Yet the unexpected return of guard Russ Smith to Louisville, along with mega-recruit Andrew Wiggins' decision not to join the Kentucky all-stars, has generated new talk of a possible repeat for the defending champion Cardinals. Rick Pitino both returns and adds plenty to his 2013 title team, enough to lift the Ville to a No. 1 seed in our first post-Wiggins bracket.
But back-to-back national championships? Let's just say there's a reason we've seen only two "repeats" -- Duke (1991 and '92) and Florida (2006 and '07) -- in the 64-team era. And it's not as if there's been a shortage of legitimate candidates. To wit:
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