Seeding Arrangements

Using The Post's NCAA Tournament Database, we broke down how individual seeds have performed in each round of the tournament since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Create your own searches -- by conference, by seed, by coach and more.
SEED RECORD BY ROUND BEST OF SEED
1

FIRST ROUND

96-0 (1.000)

SECOND ROUND

84-12 (.875)

ROUND OF 16

69-15 (.821)

ROUND OF EIGHT

42-27 (.609)

FINAL FOUR

23-19 (.548)

TITLE GAME

14-9 (.609)

UNLV, 1990

Won three of its tournament games by 30 points — including its Elite Eight game and the final against Duke. The title game margin is still a record.

Also considered: Michigan State, 2000;
Duke, 2001; Kentucky, 1996

2

FIRST ROUND

92-4 (.958)

SECOND ROUND

60-32 (.652)

ROUND OF 16

44-16 (.733)

ROUND OF EIGHT

21-23 (.477)

FINAL FOUR

10-11 (.476)

TITLE GAME

4-6 (.400)

DUKE, 1991

Beat previously undefeated defending national champion UNLV, 79-77, in the Final Four before beating Kansas, 72-65, in the championship game.

Also considered: Connecticut, 2004;
Kentucky, 1998; Louisville, 1986

3

FIRST ROUND

81-15 (.844)

SECOND ROUND

48-33 (.593)

ROUND OF 16

23-25 (.479)

ROUND OF EIGHT

12-11 (.522)

FINAL FOUR

8-4 (.667)

TITLE GAME

3-5 (.375)

SYRACUSE, 2003

Carmelo Anthony-led Orangemen defeated two No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 seed on their way to the title, the first in school history.

Also considered:Florida, 2006; Michigan, 1989; Utah, 1998

4

FIRST ROUND

76-20 (.792)

SECOND ROUND

41-35 (.539)

ROUND OF 16

14-27 (.341)

ROUND OF EIGHT

9-5 (.643)

FINAL FOUR

2-7 (.222)

TITLE GAME

1-1 (.500)

ARIZONA, 1997

Coach Lute Olson’s Wildcats became the only No. 4 seed to win a national title, beating defending champion Kentucky, 84-79, in overtime.

Also considered:Syracuse, 1996;
Oklahoma State, 1995; Georgia Tech, 1990

5

FIRST ROUND

65-31 (.677)

SECOND ROUND

35-30 (.538)

ROUND OF 16

5-30 (.143)

ROUND OF EIGHT

4-1 (.800)

FINAL FOUR

2-2 (.500)

TITLE GAME

0-2 (.000)

FLORIDA, 2000

Squeezed by Butler in the first round, but handily defeated No. 4 Illinois, No. 1 Duke and No. 3 Oklahoma State on its way to the title game.

Also considered: Indiana, 2002;
Mississippi State, 1996, Michigan State 2005

6

FIRST ROUND

66-30 (.688)

SECOND ROUND

35-31 (.530)

ROUND OF 16

12-23 (.343)

ROUND OF EIGHT

3-9 (.250)

FINAL FOUR

2-1 (.667)

TITLE GAME

1-1 (.500)

KANSAS, 1988

Danny Manning led Kansas over No.1 seed Oklahoma, 83-79, in the final, and the Jayhawks became the only No. 6 seed to win a national title.

Also considered:Providence, 1987;
Southern Cal, 2001; Minnesota, 1990

7

FIRST ROUND

60-36 (.625)

SECOND ROUND

18-42 (.300)

ROUND OF 16

6-12 (.333)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-6 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000

XAVIER, 2004

Defeated No. 2 seed Mississippi State by 15 points and beat No. 3 seed Texas before losing to No. 1 seed Duke by three points in the round of eight.

Also considered: Michigan State, 2003;
West Virginia, 2005; Navy, 1986

8

FIRST ROUND

44-52 (.458)

SECOND ROUND

9-35 (.205)

ROUND OF 16

6-3 (.667)

ROUND OF EIGHT

3-3 (.500)

FINAL FOUR

1-2 (.333)

TITLE GAME

1-0 (.1.000)

VILLANOVA, 1985

Unranked Wildcats upset Patrick Ewing and top-seeded, top-ranked Georgetown. Villanova is the lowest-seeded team to win a national title.

Also considered:North Carolina, 2000;
Wisconsin, 2000; Auburn, 1986

9

FIRST ROUND

52-44 (.542)

SECOND ROUND

3-49 (.058)

ROUND OF 16

1-2 (.333)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-1 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

BOSTON COLLEGE, 1994

The only ninth-seeded team to get to the round of eight, beating defending champion North Carolina, 75-72, in the second round.

Also considered: Texas-El Paso, 1992;
Alabama-Birmingham, 2004

10

FIRST ROUND

36-60 (.375)

SECOND ROUND

18-18 (.500)

ROUND OF 16

7-11 (.389)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-7 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000

LSU, 1987

One year after a Final Four run as a No. 11 seed, the Tigers make it back to the Elite Eight, losing to eventual champion Indiana by one point.

Also considered: Davidson, 2008;
Nevada, 2004; Kent State, 2002

11

FIRST ROUND

30-66 (.313)

SECOND ROUND

11-19 (.367)

ROUND OF 16

4-7 (.364)

ROUND OF EIGHT

2-2 (.500)

FINAL FOUR

0-2 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

GEORGE MASON, 2006

Only the second mid-major to reach a Final Four, the Patriots beat defending champion North Carolina and No. 1 seed U-Conn. before falling to eventual champion Florida.

Also considered: LSU,1986;
Loyola Marymount 1990; Temple, 2001

12

FIRST ROUND

31-65 (.323)

SECOND ROUND

16-15 (.516)

ROUND OF 16

1-15 (.063)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-1 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

BALL STATE, 1990

The only team that even came close to derailing the UNLV juggernaut, falling to the Runnin’ Rebels, 69-67, in the round of 16.

Also considered:Missouri, 2002;
Southwest Missouri State, 1999; Wyoming, 1987

13

FIRST ROUND

20-76 (.208)

SECOND ROUND

4-16 (.200)

ROUND OF 16

0-4 (.000)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-0 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

OKLAHOMA, 1999

Beat No. 5 seed Charlotte by 13 points before falling in the round of 16 to top-seeded Michigan State, which made the Final Four.

Also considered: Bradley, 2006; Richmond, 1988; Valparaiso, 1998

14

FIRST ROUND

15-81 (.156)

SECOND ROUND

2-13 (.133)

ROUND OF 16

0-2 (.000)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-0 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

CLEVELAND STATE, 1986

Reached the round of 16 after beating No. 3 seed Indiana — which won the national title the next season — in the first round.

Also considered:Chattanooga, 1997;
Murray State, 1988; Old Dominion, 1995

15

FIRST ROUND

4-92 (.042)

SECOND ROUND

0-4 (.000)

ROUND OF 16

0-0 (.000)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-0 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

COPPIN STATE, 1997

A 30-point underdog, the Eagles defeated Southeastern Conference champion South Carolina, 78-65, in the first round.

Also considered:Richmond, 1991;
Hampton, 2001; Santa Clara, 1993

16

FIRST ROUND

0-96 (.000)

SECOND ROUND

0-0 (.000)

ROUND OF 16

0-0 (.000)

ROUND OF EIGHT

0-0 (.000)

FINAL FOUR

0-0 (.000)

TITLE GAME

0-0 (.000)

(TIE) PRINCETON AND
EAST TENNESSEE STATE, 1989

On two straight days, two No. 16 seeds each came within one point of toppling a No. 1 seed. On Thursday, March 16, East Tennessee State fell to Oklahoma, 72-71. On Friday, March 17, freshman center Alonzo Mourning blocked two shots in the final seconds to preserve Georgetown’s 50-49 win over Princeton.

Also considered: Murray State, 1990;
Western Carolina, 1996

 

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