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Anatomy of a champion

We've broken down all the NCAA champions since 1985 to find out what makes a tournament-winning team. These factors came back as the strongest indicators for tournament succes: seed, RPI, record in last ten games, field goal percentage, and experience in the starting lineup and the backcourt.

Because no team lower than an eight seed has ever won the tournament, that is our baseline for determining whether a team can win it all. Use your tournament knowledge to adjust the filters below to find the strongest teams in the tournament and compare them to past champions.

Modify the categories below to find the strongest teams

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Graphic by Wilson Andrews, Matt Bonesteel, Meredith Bowen - The Washington Post, March 15, 2010

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