This year's Final Four features the best of best when it comes to rankings and ratings:
- #1 overall seed (Kentucky)
- #1, #2 and #3 rated LRMC teams
- #1, #2 and #4 most current defensively efficient teams according to KenPom
- #1, #2, and #4 teams in KenPom's pre tournament log5 rankings
Louisville will be the highest rated team in OE to reach the Final Four since I have been keeping track. It's clear their superior DE has kept them in the tournament, but it wouldn't be without their 16% increase in OE. This is always a must for teams of this profile to survive, just ask Tennessee a few years back.
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At this rate we are clearly headed for a Wildcat/Buckeye showdown. Having watched the tournament unfold, the clear edge is with Kentucky. That said, it's not surprising that 16 of the 19 experts picked Kentucky, but I'm still holding out for Kansas.