PICKING THE MARCH MADNESS CHAMPION
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In the last 11 years, every champion has been a 1-3 seed. Lute Olson’s 1997 Arizona Wildcats were an ‘underdog’ four seed. In 1988, Danny Manning and Kansas were a 6th seed and NC State had a Cinderella season in 1983.
To figure out who will win the national championship this year, we’re using ESPN analyst Jimmy Dyke’s method of picking a winner. This method chose three teams last year, and two of them (Kansas and Memphis) played in the title game.
Here is the winner’s checklist:
1) 8 of 8 past champions had a 10 or more game winning streak.
2) 19 of 21 past champions had a future NBA player 6’8” or taller.
10 or more game winning streak
Memphis (23), Utah State (19), Wake Forest (16), Clemson (16), Pittsburgh (16), North Carolina (13), Oklahoma (13), Connecticut (13), American (13), Marquette (12), Minnesota (12), Butler (12), Michigan State (11), Northern Iowa (11), Tenn.-Martin (11), Xavier (11), North Dakota State (11), Binghamton (11) Duke (10), Louisville (10), LSU (10), BYU (10), Texas A&M (10).
NBA Caliber Players
While some of this analysis is speculative in nature, teams above that make the cut again with an NBA quality frontcourt and backcourt player are Memphis, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Louisville.
Some top seeds with 10+ game winning streaks that don’t make the cut in our judgment are Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke and Michigan State.
Won Conference Tournament
Of the teams that met the first two criteria, the only two who also won their conference tournaments were Louisville and Memphis.
Louisville is 5:1 to win the national title at Sportsbook.com.
Memphis is 8:1 to win the national title at Sportsbook.com.
Those are the teams the system picks. Good Luck!