NCAA Tournament: Historical Success by Seed

    
March 4th, 2012
This chart shows how each seed has fared over the six rounds of each tournament since 1985 (the start of the 64/68 team tournament). For Example the #1 Seeds have won 100 of 100 games in the first round, but 4 times a #2 seed has lost. The #1 Seeds have made it to the finals 24 times and have won 15 of them. The #4 seeds have made it to the finals only twice however.

 

Note that #6 seeds have performed noticeably better than #5 seeds, because they don't have to go through the 1 seeds so early.

  

 

Round

Seed

1st

2nd

Sweet Sixteen

Elite Eight

Final Four

Finals

1

100/100

88/100

73/88

44/73

24/44

15/24

2

96/100

64/96

46/64

22/46

11/22

4/11

3

85/100

52/85

25/52

13/25

8/13

3/8

4

79/100

43/79

14/43

9/14

2/9

1/2

5

67/100

36/67

5/36

4/5

2/4

0/2

6

69/100

35/69

12/35

3/12

2/3

1/2

7

63/100

19/63

6/19

0/6

0/0

0/0

8

46/100

9/46

6/9

3/6

1/3

1/1

9

54/100

3/54

1/3

0/1

0/0

0/0

10

37/100

17/37

7/17

0/7

0/0

0/0

11

31/100

11/31

4/11

2/4

0/2

0/0

12

33/100

17/33

1/17

0/1

0/0

0/0

13

21/100

4/21

0/4

0/0

0/0

0/0

14

15/100

2/15

0/2

0/0

0/0

0/0

15

4/100

0/4

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

16

0/96

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

 

+ Check out a similar chart with the %'s of how seeds have fared in each round.

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