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.
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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