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How preseason No. 1 teams perform in March Madness

Kansas was simply named the highest workforce within the 2023-24 Preseason AP Prime 25. Final season, UNC grew to become the primary preseason No. 1 to overlook the 64-team NCAA males’s basketball event.

Thus, what significance does a preseason No. 1 rating maintain? Do early high groups even have a profitable monitor report within the NCAA event, even when March Insanity is 4 months away?

We determined to have a look going again to the 1984-85 season, when the NCAA event expanded to 64 groups.

This is what we discovered on these 37 groups:

*Michigan State is overlooked of those statistics as a consequence of March Insanity being canceled in 2020

  • 18 reached the Closing 4 (roughly 49%)
  • Six gained the nationwide championship (16.2%)
  • Eight misplaced within the nationwide championship (21.6%)
  • 23 reached at the very least the Elite Eight (62.2%)
  • 28 made it to the Candy 16 (75.7%)
  • One misplaced within the first spherical
  • One did not get a event bid

This is how each preseason No. 1 workforce has completed since 2000:

2022-23 UNC, 20-13, missed the NCAA event

The Tar Heels grew to become the primary preseason AP No. 1 workforce to overlook the 64-team event. The season prior, UNC made a nationwide championship run, highlighted by a Duke takedown within the Closing 4, sending coach Mike Krzyzewski residence to retirement. Though the Tar Heels returned 4 of their “Iron 5” — Armando Bacot, Leaky Black, RJ Davis and Caleb Love — their 2022-23 season was haunted by a defective backcourt; North Carolina shot 31.2% from three all season, the worst three-point proportion within the convention. UNC was despatched residence within the quarterfinals of the ACC event and did not play one other post-season recreation in March, declining an invite to the NIT.

2020-21 Gonzaga, 31-1, No. 1 seed, misplaced to No. 1 Baylor within the Nationwide Championship

Though Gonzaga continues to be in a nationwide title drought, the 2020-21 season was one for the books. Drew Timme had a breakout sophomore season, placing up a conference-high 19 PPG and taking pictures 65.5% from the sphere. One-and-done Jalen Suggs was one other focus, hitting the “shot heard ‘around the world” in entrance of cardboard cutouts in Gonzaga’s Elite Eight brawl with UCLA.



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