Teams search for momentum as March Madness begins

You could say No. 1 seed Florida Gators (in white) have momentum — they've won 26 games in a row....

You could say No. 1 seed Florida Gators (in white) have momentum — they've won 26 games in a row. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 AM ET

Phil Jackson, who took over Tuesday as New York Knicks kingpin, loves to refer to the importance of “Mo” in the game of basketball. No, he’s not talking about Mo Cheeks — the 13-time NBA champion is referring to momentum.

And Jackson is right — momentum can be a significant predictor of success. Players feel more confident when things are going well and that can translate onto the court.

With that in mind, it’s useful to consider which teams ride into the NCAA tournament with momentum on their side and which squads are trying to latch on to “Mo” in order to go on a wild ride over the next couple of weeks. The selection committee no longer puts added emphasis on recent results.

“We continually remind one another in the selection process that the games in November are as important as the games in March,” said committee head Ron Wellman this week. Maybe, but it doesn’t hurt to be on a roll.


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