5 NCAA Basketball Teams with Rosters Ideally Suited for a Deep Tournament Run

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5 NCAA Basketball Teams with Rosters Ideally Suited for a Deep Tournament Run
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Back in March, I studied past champions to see what they had in common. Most shared these characteristics: 

  • Efficient on both ends. 
  • Good three-point shooting. (Louisville ends up as an exception in this category.)
  • A future pro in the post. Assuming Gorgui Dieng is drafted in the first round, nine of the last 11 champs will have produced a big man who was taken in the first round of the NBA draft. 
  • Balanced scoring
  • Good offensive rebounding. 
  • Limits opponents' free throws. 
  • Good two-point defense—holds opponents to below 45 percent inside the arc.
  • A coach with postseason success

It's that simple! 

It's not easy to project how some teams will do in these area—that's why preseason rankings are a crapshoot—but this is an attempt to project five rosters equipped to win the title in 2014. If your team is not included, I obviously think your team has no shot at winning a title whatsoever. (Relax. I'm kidding!)

Note: All advanced statistics used in this piece come from KenPom.com (subscription needed). 

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