Why each Final Four team will and will not win the national championship

What has the potential to be one of the most exciting and eventful Final Fours in recent memory kicks off in San Antonio Saturday night. A big part of the allure is that, for very different reasons, all four teams left standing seem to be fully capable of winning two more games and cutting down the nets.

Let’s look at biggest reason why each of the four national semifinalists will take this thing home, and then one reason why we should pump the brakes on that optimism.

Loyola-Chicago

Why they’ll win it: They’re the best double-digit seed to ever make the Final Four

The easy route here would have been “divine intervention,” but we don’t take the easy route at SB Nation. Plus, Villanova’s got its own religious mojo working.

Four double-digit seeds, including three 11-seeds, have made the Final Four before the Ramblers. None have ever advanced to play for the national title, and all four were beaten in their semifinal game by at least eight points.

The reason to believe Loyola will perform better than its double-digit predecessors is because Loyola is better than its double-digit predecessors.

The Ramblers have ranked in the nation’s top 30 in adjusted defensive efficiency for most of the season. On their way to the Final Four, they’ve

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/2018/3/30/17180032/final-four-predictions-2018-march-madness-who-will-win-national-championship

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