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6 With Best Shots at NCAA Title

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Selection Sunday is 45 days away, but that doesn't mean you can't start narrowing in on your choice for the tourney's ultimate champ. By monitoring a few key factors from now until the brackets are set, you can reduce your list of champion candidates to a handful of teams -- and be reasonably sure the ultimate victor will be among them.

Every one of the last 12 champs have owned these eight characteristics:

  • Earned a one, two or three seed;
  • Came from a ''power'' conference: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 or SEC (labeled “CF” in the table below);
  • Either went to the previous year's dance or had an All-American (*/12);
  • Were led by a coach with more than five tourney trips and at least one Elite Eight run (CO);
  • Averaged...

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