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Opinion: Ranking Sweet 16 teams based on title potential

USA TODAY SPORTS Logo By Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY SPORTS | Slide 1 of 17: Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) reacts after a play against the Rhode Island Rams during the first half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena.

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Then there were 16.

The first weekend wasn't short on madness, with the No. 1 overall seed, Virginia, getting bounced in the first round by 16th-seeded Cinderella Baltimore Maryland County.

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But now the remaining contenders — or pretenders — are ready to fight in the second weekend for a trip to the Final Four.

Which teams are hottest? Which teams have the best matchup or the most favorable path to San Antonio? USA TODAY Sports ranks the 16 remaining teams in this year's NCAA tournament — in order of national title-winning potential.

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