Dance Lessons: Does D win titles?

We put age-old truisms to the test to see who they help, hurt in NCAAs

Originally Published: March 14, 2010
By Matt Giles | Special to ESPN Insider
Cole AldrichJohn Rieger/US PresswireCole Aldrich anchors an elite defense for Kansas.

How often have you heard the clichés? "Defense wins championships." "Live by the 3, die by the 3." But are they truth or myth? Dance Lessons looks back at NCAA tournaments past to see if these truisms check out and examine which teams they help and hurt in 2010.

Come title time, the phrase "defense wins championships" is uttered by pundits across the sports spectrum. But the past two NCAA title teams, North Carolina and Kansas, were pretty darn good at putting the ball in the basket, so just how valuable is defense? We turned back the clock to see if the three-word phrase is fact or fiction.