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Titling The South Region

South Region is chock full of former titlists.

Titling The South Region

The first thing that stuck us as CBS rolled (muddled?) through the NCAA Selection Show was how title-heavy the South Region was.

Consider poor Kentucky. If the Wildcats can manage to get by their first-round opponent (TBD), they may get (in order): the defending champion (Connecticut), then a five-time titlist (Indiana) and then a four-time champion and perennial contender (Duke).

And Bruiser Flint thinks Drexel got the shaft.

Here are schools in the South Region that have won NCAA titles:

  Sd.   Team   Titles   Seasons
1  Kentucky 7  1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998
2  Duke 4  1991, 1992, 2001, 2010
4  Indiana 5  1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987
6  Nevada-Las Vegas   1  1990
9  Connecticut 3  1999, 2004, 2011
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