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The West Region is the only one without a team with Champ DNA. Historically this means the region is wide open. (Last two such regions were won by 11-seed Loyola-Chicago and 7-seed South Carolina). Our model gives about an 80% chance the winner will be one of three teams…
As the major conference tournaments get rolling this week, remember the Quarterfinal Rule – any team that fails to advance past their conference tournament quarterfinal WILL NOT win the national championship. The Quarterfinal Rule has never been broken. I’ll update this post as top teams are eliminated before their conference semifinals.
2019 Teams Eliminated from National Title Contention
These teams meet the AP Poll rank-criteria that all but 2 of the last 30 Champions have met. Once the tournament field is finalized on Selection Sunday (3/17), we will be able to narrow this group down to the few true contenders with my Champ DNA test.
A thorough analysis of past national championship teams has shown that they have certain traits and characteristics in common. Visit the DNA of a National Championship Team page for a full explanation of those attributes. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post if you just want to see a list of this year’s contenders.
Caution: Not all teams that fit this description win the championship. Every year there are between 3 and 10 contenders with the right DNA that don’t win it all and might even make an early exit from the tournament (for example, 2016 Michigan State losing in the First Round or Kentucky’s second round exit in 2004).