The 68-team field for theis set, but only one of those squads will be able to bring home a national championship.
There are a long list of potential contenders going into this tournament, including not only the No. 1 seeds and those who have been ranked highly all season, but also teams peaking at the right time. Still, the squads that will succeed will be the ones with the talent, experience, balance, coaching and more that separate them from the field.
Although the idea of means the eventual champion could come out of nowhere, these elite teams are likely the top threats to go all the way.
No team has won back-to-back national since Florida in 2006 and 2007, which shows how hard it is to defend a title. One of the biggest problems has been losing players to graduation or the NBA after big showings in March.
However, the Wildcats returned most of their key players, starting with Josh Hart. The senior guard was the team’s go-to option last season and has been even better this year while averaging 18.9 points per game with a well-rounded skill set.
Add in Jalen Brunson and national title game hero Kris Jenkins, and Villanova has almost as much returning experience as any national champion in the last decade.
The question marks are about the team’s depth and whether anyone besides those three will score. The rest of the lineup combined for just 11 and 16 points in the two regular-season losses to Butler.