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Mar 17

Tipsheet: Dayton wins NCAA basketball title on Simulation Sunday – STLtoday.com

(Alas, SLU did not make the mythical bracket, so the Billikens did not get to play any pretend games. With time on their hands, perhaps the SportsLine team will run an NIT simulation.)

In the St. Louis portion of this virtual event, with the games played at Enterprise Center: Wisconsin beat East Tennessee 71-65, Kentucky beat Vermont 74-64, Michigan beat Utah State 74-69 and Creighton defeated Ohio Valley Conference power Belmont 84-70. Then Kentucky beat Wisconsin 69-68 and Creighton beat Michigan 77-74.

Here is what folks have been writing about college basketball:

Kyle Boone, CBSSports.com: This was going to be the year of the wide-open title race before the NCAA championships were canceled this week over fears of the coronavirus pandemic. The season was predictable only in that everything was wholly unpredictable. And in March Madness -- where upsets are the norm and volatility is a staple -- we were going to have it in spades. We were expecting it to be March Madness on steroids, but if those steroids had also been juiced with HGH. Now we'll never know what might've happened. Simulate the season on a computer like the SportsLine folks did, and Dayton wins it all. Use statistical metrics like KenPom or Bart Torvik, and Kansas from top to bottom is considered the best team. Draw a name out of a hat, and well, who the heck knows? The latter is the measure I choose to believe would have been the most accurate in predicting who might win it all this season, too. You could make a legitimate case for 15-plus teams to be considered real title threats in 2020. San Diego State had its best shot to win it all in years after posting a 30-2 record. Villanova could've won its third title since 2016. Baylor's dream season could've turned into a fairytale ending. Dayton, Maryland, Michigan State, Seton Hall, Duke, Kentucky -- the list goes on. Each one of those programs had real mettle to play deep into March, perhaps into early April.

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