The 2017 NCAA Tournament has come to the Final Four: South Carolina vs Gonzaga and Oregon vs North Carolina. To predict which teams will win the Final Four match ups and the 2017 NCAA Championship, we once again turned to the data. Knoema's prediction: North Carolina wins the NCAA championship after defeating Oregon in the Final Four and South Carolina in the championship game.
We base our predictions on the Championship Tournament Statistics from the NCAA. We developed an indicator of a team’s overall performance based on its average rank on 16 metrics, including scoring and rebounding margins, 3-point and field goal percentages, blocked shots, and assist/turnover ratio. Our indicator shows promise, predicting roughly 45 percent of the wins in the last nine NCAA championships.
Don’t trust us or the experts. Dive in to the stats yourself, using the visualizations below to compare opponents on each of the 16 metrics. For more detailed historical statistics on past NCAA championships, visit this page.