After an opening weekend that started a little flat but really improved as it went on, we are down to 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament. Only 16 teams are still in National Championship contention, and all of them will play in the next two days in hopes to move on to the elite eight.

There are blue bloods still in this group vying to cut down the nets. Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA and Kentucky highlight this group of favorites. But a few upstarts have joined the party as well, most notably the South Carolina Gamecocks, who will be making their first ever appearance in the sweet 16 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

With the tournament starting up again Thursday night in Kansas City and San Jose, it’s time to rank the 16 teams still left in play for the title.

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