This might be the most misunderstood exercise we undertake every year. So we’ll try to explain it again: This ranking is based entirely on a team’s potential to win the NCAA championship. That’s it. Not what kind of season a team has had. Not how pleasant the coach is with the media.
The factors that go into a team’s potential to win it all include pro-level talent, point guard play, coaching acumen and the difficulty of a team’s draw.