2016 NCAA Tournament: Reasons to Root for or Against Each Team in the Final Four

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2016 NCAA Tournament: Reasons to Root for or Against Each Team in the Final Four
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Your bracket's long gone, and so is the chance to win any money. Your team's done, too. But yet you'll get sucked into watching three more college basketball games.

But who should you root for?

Well, that depends on your flavor. Do you like three-pointers? Villanova, Oklahoma and Syracuse all jack 'em up at hefty rates.

Are you turned off by the stench of scandal? Then North Carolina and the Orange probably can't be on your to-cheer-for list.

A wild NCAA tournament that really got funky again in the Elite Eight has led to us a pretty unexpected Final Four. North Carolina would be the only team most folks had going at the start of the season and is again the favorite now.

But Buddy Hield and the Sooners have certainly proven their value, and their likability. Unless you think there's guilt by country music association.

Villanova isn't far off with its Q-rating, after finally working through its recent years of early-tournament disappointment. Every great final weekend needs a hefty underdog, and Syracuse could be that—if you want to dare call it one.

We've laid out the case for why you should root for and against each of the remaining teams.

By the time you're done reading, you'll hopefully know which color to decorate your TV room and face.


All stats courtesy of KenPom.com unless otherwise noted.

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