NCAA Tournament Tracker, Vol. 1

by February 23, 2016

When it comes to Selection Sunday, seeding is paramount.

According to Power Rank’s Ed Feng, a No. 1 seed wins 78.5 percent of the time compared to a No. 2 seed that wins 70 percent then 63.5 percent for No. 3 seed. The success rate for a 4-seed is 59.4 percent.

Understand that for the past 15 years, the National Champion has been in the top 40 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Balance is the key.

In this week’s Tournament Tracker, we look at potential No. 1 seeds, a sleeper to win it all, and a “giant ready to fall.”

Leigh Klein was formerly on staff at Texas and Rhode Island and now owns Five-Star Basketball Camps. He contributes to SLAM’s coverage of college basketball and the NBA Draft and is a frequent national radio guest. Klein can be followed on Twitter @LeighAlanKlein.

Potential 1-Seed: Villanova

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Special core of upperclassmen that have won a ton of Big East games searching for some Tourney success. The strength of the team is the backcourt of Josh Hart, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jalen Brunson. Hart is the team’s most talented scorer and he can beat a defense in a variety of ways. The glue of the team is the point guard Arcidiacono, who has a feel for the big moment. The frontcourt has imposing Daniel Ochefu, who protects the rim and exploits defenses with his post play.