Are Balanced Teams Really the Best Bets Come March?
What’s the best recipe for a college hoops title? The Action Network’s Bryan Mears looked at three efficiency metrics (offense, defense or balance) to determine which was more predictive of success come March.
Balance trumps a great offense or defense. Since 2001-02, no title team ranked worse than 39th offensively or 18th defensively from an efficiency standpoint. Using these criteria, Mears identified Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan State, Purdue, Clemson and Ohio State as teams that rank in the top 40 on offense and top 20 on defense that could not only make a Final Four, but cut down the nets.
Potential is one thing but do any of these teams have value to win the NCAA tournament?