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Northwestern will not enter the NCAA tournament with the same momentum. The Gators are over their past six games without him. All-time team records Bids by school Bids by school and conference Consecutive appearances Final Four appearances by school Final Four participants Final Four appearances by coach Upsets. Retrieved January 19, ALL PICKS, SIMULATIONS, AND INSIGHTS

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Kentucky has the second-most titles, with eight. North Carolina is third with six championships, while Duke and Indiana follow with five each. Villanova is the most recent champion, having defeated Michigan in the final of the tournament.

Among head coaches , John Wooden is the all-time leader with 10 championships; he coached UCLA during their period of success in the s and s. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is second all-time with five titles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The same dude who missed most of his bold picks three years ago. The same folks who doubt Gonzaga 's postseason potential probably thought Syracuse deserved an at-large berth. Because they're enamored with the Power 5 allure that draws cheers for a lackluster Cuse squad but generates hollow, unfounded criticism of Mark Few's greatest defensive team and most diverse offensive crew.

The Bulldogs will win the national championship because they're the best team in the field. Myron, that was months ago! Allonzo Trier didn't play! The Bulldogs didn't beat Arizona. Iowa State, Florida and Saint Mary's three times , too. The Zags go nine deep with minimal drop-off when they substitute. And they're led by Nigel Williams-Goss They're also ranked second in adjusted defensive efficiency entering the NCAA tournament.

Johnathan Williams , an agile 6-foot-9 forward, can guard any position, which means Gonzaga can adjust to and disrupt Villanova or Duke or Notre Dame by playing smaller when necessary. How about going big? Think about this potential lineup: But they've never been to the Final Four.

Why can't an improved Gonzaga team that made a run to the Sweet 16 last season without Karnowski -- and had a late lead over Final Four-bound Syracuse -- get more love? The Bulldogs will when they win the whole thing. Yeah, the program made history. But Northwestern over its past 12 games will struggle against Vanderbilt. Luke Kornet is a 7-footer who made 38 percent of his 3-pointers in league play.

Plus, Vandy has won seven of its last nine. This is a team that had a point lead over Kentucky two weeks ago in Rupp Arena and beat Florida twice in six days. The Commodores are soaring. Northwestern will not enter the NCAA tournament with the same momentum. Northwestern is not alone. Slumping Wisconsin , still a victim of its own offensive droughts, will lose to Virginia Tech wins over Duke, Michigan, Miami, Virginia in the first round.

Also in the first round, an experienced Xavier team will win a close game over a Maryland squad that needs major contributions from multiple freshmen making their first NCAA tournament appearances. Without injured guard Akeem Springs 9. Those excited about Michigan 's shooting in the Big Ten tournament might not realize Oklahoma State is ranked first in adjusted offensive efficiency.

Jawun Evans and the Cowboys will win that opening-round shootout. Short-handed Michigan State will fall against Bruce Brown In the second round, Iowa State, led by point guard Monte Morris Oregon goes to the Final Four without Chris Boucher.

They can't spread the floor the same way without him and his 3-point shooting 36 percent in Pac play. Plus, the loss damages their depth and interior defense.