Ignore records, study stats
Its pretty easy to get impressed with a teams overall record. But not so fast. Theres a lot of factors that may inflate or deflate a teams record, obscuring who they really are as a team. This year, San Diego State (left) put up a 30-2 mark, but consider that it played in the Mountain West Conference (a conference where only five teams had positive scoring margins). Thats not to take anything away from the achievements of the Aztecs, but its a note of caution. On the other end of things, a team may have a lackluster record by losing a collection of close games and be one of the better teams in the tourney. Just ask the 2002 Indiana Hoosiers, who sported a 20-11 record yet reached the final game.