Some teams feast in home games, but obviously only teams that can win away from home can advance in March Madness. We ranked the tournament teams (and a few extra still alive as of 9 p.m. Saturday) based on the impressiveness of their three most impressive road wins.
Akron and Bryant rank last with a 200 because they did not beat a top 200 team away from home this season. For the other teams, the number represents the average www.kenpom.com ranking of the top three teams wins away from home.
Perhaps the biggest turnaround is Buzz Williams' Texas A&M squad, which lost eight straight games only to come back down the stretch and win three of their last five games away from home against a top 25 team - at Alabama and then in the SEC tournament against regular season champ Auburn and Arkansas. If they upset Tennessee in the final then they head to the tournament as SEC champs.
Only five teams have had a more impressive three wins away from home - Texas Tech, Gonzaga, Duke, Wisconsin and Purdue - so all are battle tested for the tournament.
|Rnk||Team||top 3||Notes on wins away from home|
|1||Texas Tech||9||Texas, Baylor and Tennessee.|
|2||Gonzaga||11||Saint Mary's, Texas Tech, UCLA|
|3||Duke||11||Duke, Gonzaga and UNC|
|4||Wisconsin||12||Purdue, Houston, Saint Mary's|
|5||Purdue||14||Nova, Illinois, Iowa|
|6||Texas A&M||18||After 8 gm losing streak, Buzz had 3 top 25 road wins (Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas) heading into SEC title game with Tennessee.|
|8||Kentucky||20||UNC, Kansas, Alabama|
|9||Villanova||21||Uconn, Seton Hall, Tennessee|
|14||Memphis||27||Va Tech, SMU, 2nd chance at Houston|
|28||San Diego St.||35|
|32||Marquette||38||K-State, Nova, Seton Hall|
|49||New Mexico St.||61|
|59||South Dakota St.||105|
|61||Cal St. Fullerton||140|
|62||Vermont||149||beat Northern Iowa to start season by double digits|
|64||Long Beach St.||153|
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