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ESPN's Jay Bilas Re-Ranks The Sweet 16 Teams

We are one day away from the Sweet 16 getting underway. By the end of this weekend, only four teams will be left.

It doesn't seem like a stretch to say not too many people expected this particular group of 16 teams to make it to the second weekend. There are a handful of major programs left standing (Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Michigan, Gonzaga etc.). They were supposed to be here, but some of the other teams (Texas A&M, Nevada, Florida State, Syracuse) were not.

ESPN's Jay Bilas has released his Sweet 16 "Bilas Index." In it, he re-ranked the teams still dancing.

Bilas has his alma mater (Duke) at No. 1, which is a sensible take, but one that will surely draw eye rolls from some other fan bases.

Here is his full 1-to-16 ranking:

  1. Duke
  2. Villanova
  3. Kansas
  4. Gonzaga
  5. Michigan
  6. Kentucky
  7. West Virginia
  8. Purdue
  9. Texas Tech
  10. Texas A&M
  11. Clemson
  12. Nevada
  13. Florida State
  14. Syracuse
  15. Loyola Chicago
  16. Kansas State

You can read Bilas' full analysis here.

The Sweet 16 starts tomorrow night on CBS and TBS.