10 teams guaranteed to not win 2022-23 national title
We enter the month of February and the final month of the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball regular season. In what is called a year where there are “no great teams”, it is as if everyone still has a chance to win the national title. And after Alabama lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge and Gonzaga recently fell at home to LMU, anyone can lose anytime this year.
However, some teams are not good options to win six consecutive games in the NCAA Tournament. Whether you’re a gambler or just like to fill in a digression, here are the 10 programs guaranteed not to win a national championship (in alphabetical order).
After losing Pac-12 Player of the Year Bennedict Mathurin and Defensive Player of the Year Christian Koloko, the Wildcats were meant to step back. But with Azuloas Tubelis looking like an All-American and Oumar Ballo exceeding all expectations, they have arguably the best frontcourt in all of NCAA basketball.
The problem for them is not inside but rather outside. Starting guard Kerr Kriisa remains inconsistent, able to shoot Arizona in and out of games. With the frontcourt they have, the backcourt doesn’t even need to do too much for them to win, but they already have three losses in the Pac-12 game against Washington State, Oregon and Utah.
These are three teams with frontcourts that can at least fight Arizona and if better teams can neutralize that, they can beat them. Coach Tommy Lloyd has done a great job with this team and they are capable of beating anyone on neutral ground. But I don’t see this team capable of beating six straight teams to win a national title, even if they end up with only one seed.