The talk of the town in St. Louis might start to shift to Saint Louis Billikens. The Billikens are on a 12 game winning streak, the longest winning streak for teams who have at least 1 loss. This after what could be arguably the greatest season in Billikens basketball history. So it is possible that the Saint Louis Billikens can win it all?
There is no question that the Saint Louis Billikens are the best college basketball team in the St. Louis area. Illinois basketball is reeling and the Missouri Tigers are struggling in SEC play. So the Saint Louis Billikens by default are the best team. So does the Billikens have the ability to win the national championship? Here are some facts.
- The last 5 NCAA national champions all came from one of the power 6 conferences. The closest team from a mid major to win a National title was Butler in 2010 and 2011.
- All 5 national champions were ranked in the preseason poll. Saint Louis was not ranked in the preseason top 25.
- The last 5 national champions have been at least a 4 seed. Saint Louis was a 4 seed in the 2013 NCAA tournament.
So two of the three facts that we know about the last 5 national championship work against the Billikens. They aren’t from a power conference and they were not ranked in the preseason top 25. However, last season they were a 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. If the Billikens keep winning, there is no question that they will get a 4 seed or even a 3 seed.
So can the Billikens win it all? Yes. They have a chance. You don’t need NBA talent to get to the Final Four. In fact, 3 of the last 5 NCAA tournaments have had at least 1 mid major competing for the national title. It’s tough to win 6 straight games but the Billikens have already proven this season that they can go on long winning streak.
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