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ESPN: These 12 Teams Can Win The NCAA Tournament

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The NCAA Tournament will begin three weeks from tomorrow, not counting play-in games. March Madness is getting closer.

This year's tournament seems more wide-open than usual. There's no dominant team that is the clear-cut favorite, like North Carolina last year.

There are, however, a handful of teams that look like they are cut above the rest. It is likely that one of these squads will cut down the nets.

But how many legitimate title contenders are there? According to ESPN's Myron Medcalf, there are 12.

Here are the 12 teams Medcalf says are capable of winning it all:

  • Villanova
  • Virginia
  • Michigan State
  • Kansas
  • Duke
  • Purdue
  • North Carolina
  • Gonzaga
  • Texas Tech
  • Arizona
  • Wichita State
  • Xavier

There are some big-name teams omitted, like Kentucky and Ohio State, but this looks like a pretty good list. Texas Tech, which has never advanced beyond the Sweet Sixteen, might be the most surprising inclusion.

Wichita State is outside of the Power 5 (or 6 if you count the Big East), but the Shockers made the Final Four in 2013 and have been a consistent national force. Same deal with Gonzaga.

Which of these teams do you like to win it all? Did Medcalf miss anybody?

You can read his full analysis here.