Tournament Winners Have LOTS of Q1 Wins

Does it really matter how many Quadrant 1 wins a team has?  Do Quadrant 1 (Q1) wins give any indication of a team’s title chances in the NCAA Tournament?

Yes!  And there are only three teams so far, this year, that have enough.

The Magic Number is 9

Each of the past 15 national champions entered the NCAA Tournament with at least nine Q1 wins.  Even 7-seed Connecticut had 10 Q1 wins before they ripped through the 2014 tournament for the title.

Year Seed Champion Q1 Wins Q1 Losses
2003 3 Syracuse 11 2
2004 2 UConn 13 5
2005 1 North Carolina 12 3
2006 3 Florida 14 4
2007 1 Florida 14 4
2008 1 Kansas 11 2
2009 1 North Carolina 10 3
2010 1 Duke 9 4
2011 3 UConn 14 7
2012 1 Kentucky 15 2
2013 1 Louisville 11 5
2014 7 UConn 10 5
2015 1 Duke 14 3
2016 2 Villanova 13 4
2017 1 North Carolina 14 6

How’s the 2018 Field Shaping Up?

Here are this year’s teams with at least 9 Q1 wins.

  • North Carolina – 13
  • Kansas – 12
  • Virginia – 12
  • Villanova – 10
  • Florida – 9

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