Category Archives: Champ Credentials

Basic champ check could fail for first time in 14 years

With just three teams who meet basic champ criteria left in the dance—and all of them slated to play each other before the finals—the streak of 13 straight predictions is in jeopardy. Heading into the dance, there were six squads … Continue reading

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15 teams pass at least one champ test, five pass two, one passes all three

In our final champ check before the tourney tips off, six teams meet the eight basic characteristics of the last 13 champions: A one, two or three seed Member of a Power conference: ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, … Continue reading

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14 teams pass at least one champ test…but only Villanova passes them all

This is the first week that there haven’t been any changes to the list of teams meeting the basic champ criteria. The last 13 champs have possessed these characteristics: A one, two or three seed Member of a Power conference: … Continue reading

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Kentucky and Michigan State drop off basic champ list

There’s a lot going on with this week’s champ checks, so much so that I’m dividing the basic and advanced tests into two post. Check out the post right below this for the efficiency champ check. As for the basic … Continue reading

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Five teams have both the raw efficiency numbers and rankings of past champs

I got a big surprise last night in the middle of the Oscars. An email came through from Ken Pomeroy. I had reached out to him over a month ago when I learned that he had adjusted his formulas to … Continue reading

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Tar Heels back on champ list, Louisville excels on champ efficiency tests

For the first time since early January, North Carolina has climbed back onto the basic champ list. Now nine teams meet the criteria that the last 13 champs have possessed: A one, two or three seed Member of a Power … Continue reading

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Wisconsin rejoins champ list, Florida owns best efficiency numbers

Two weeks ago, Wisconsin dropped off the champ list. This week, they’re back on. Now eight teams meet the criteria that the last 13 champs have possessed: A one, two or three seed Member of a Power conference: ACC, Big … Continue reading

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Basic champ list unchanged, but Villanova and Kansas earn KenPom cred

On the surface, nothing has really changed in this week’s Champ Check. The same seven teams have met the basic criteria…and Louisville is still barely on the outs because of a weak strength of schedule. You know the drill. The … Continue reading

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Wisconsin and Pittsburgh drop off standard champ list

Last week, there were nine teams that passed the basic champ test; this week we’re down to seven. Here’s how the test works: the last 13 champs in a row have possessed these characteristics: A one, two or three seed … Continue reading

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Michigan on, Ohio State off basic champ list—but 13 teams pass one of three tests

Last week, Michigan wasn’t even among the AP’s top 20 teams. Now they’ve passed the basic champ test. Meanwhile, their archrival Ohio State has lost its cred. The basic champ test works like this: the last 13 champs in a … Continue reading

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