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Success in the Sweet Sixteen games: #1 seeds, #2 seeds and… #8 seeds?

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A banner commemorating the advancement of the 1997 Cal men's basketball team to the Sweet Sixteen hanging above Pete Newell Court at Haas Pavilion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Four regional semi-final games will be played on Thursday and four on Friday. How well have each of the seeds performed in these Sweet Sixteen games? Since 1985, when the NCAA went to a 64-team tournament, number one seeds have won over 80% of their regional semi-final games; number two seeds have won over 70% of their Sweet Sixteen games, and #8 seeds have a 7-3 record (a .700 winning percentage) in regional semi-final games. These are the only three seeds that have a winning record in regional semi-final games.

Following are each seeds and their win-loss record in the regional semi-final games since 1985.

Seed, win-loss record and pct. in regional semi-final games (1985-2011)

#1     76-18 .809

#2     50-20 .714

#3     27-28 .491

#4     15-31 .326

#5       8-31 .205

#6     13-24 .351

#7       6-12 .333

#8       7-3   .700

#9       1-3   .250

#10    7-13  .350

#11     5-9   .357

#12    1-18  .053

#13    0-4   .000

#14    0-2   .000

#15    0-0   .000

#16    0-0   .000

Here’s a few notes about the seeds in regional semi-final games: #1 seeds are only 3-3 in the last two tournaments… at least one #2 seed has lost in the regional semi-final in each of the past four years… at least one #3 seed has won a regional semi-final game in nine straight tourneys… #4 seeds are only 4-15 this century… #5 seeds are 3-0 in the last two tournaments… a #7 seed has not won a regional semi-final game since 2005… the last time a #8 seed lost a Sweet Sixteen game was in 2002… the last time a #9 seed won a Sweet Sixteen game was in 1994… a #12 seed has lost a regional semi-final game in four straight years.

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Sweet Sixteen teams: The usual suspects with a dose of Cinderella

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The first week of the NCAA men’s Div. I basketball tournament is in the books and we have our Sweet Sixteen contingent. All four number 1 seeds advanced, as did a pair of #2 seeds, a pair of #3 seeds and three #4 seeds. Back in 1985, the NCAA went to a 64-team field for this tournament. Since that year, 61.6% of the teams making it to the Sweet Sixteen were teams that started the tourney as a #1, #2, #3 or #4 seed. Another way of looking at this stat is that in the past 28 years of the tournament, 172 teams that were a #5 seed or lower made it to the Sweet Sixteen, an average of just over six teams per tournament (this year there are five teams seeded lower than a #4 seed still in the tourney).

Here’s a quick look at how many of each seed made it to the round of 16 in the tournament since 1985.

#1 seed…98 teams     #2 seed…72 teams     #3 seed…57 teams     #4 seed…49 teams

#5 seed…39 teams     #6 seed…38 teams     #7 seed…19 teams     #8 seed…10 teams

#9 seed…4 teams      #10 seed…21 teams     #11 seed…15 teams    #12 seed…19 teams

#13 seed…5 teams    #14 seed…2 teams       #15 seed…0 teams     #16 seed…0 teams

Here’s a few interesting notes about the seeds of the Sweet Sixteen teams from 1985 through 2012.

* #1 seeds: At least three of the number 1 seeds have made it to the round of 16 every year since 2005. At least three #1 seeds have made the Sweet Sixteen in 26 of the 28 tournaments; at least two #1 seeds has made the Sweet Sixteen every year.

* #2 seeds: At least two #2 seeds have made the Sweet Sixteen every year since 2001.

* #3 seeds: The only year that there was no #3 seed in the Sweet Sixteen was 1997.

* #4 seeds: Three #4 seeds in the Sweet Sixteen this year is the most since 2000 when three #4 seeds made it to the round of 16.

* #5 seeds: No #5 seed made the Sweet Sixteen this year breaking a streak of 19 straight tournaments that a #5 seed has been in the final 16.

* #6 seeds: This is only the second year in the past five that a #6 seed has made it to the round of 16.

* #7 seeds: #7 Florida this year is the first #7 in the Sweet Sixteen since 2008.

* #8 seeds: Only two #8 seeds have made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the last 10 years.

* #9 seeds: Only two #9 seeds have made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the last 18 years.

* #10 seeds: Three #10 seeds made the final 16 in 1999.

* #11 seeds: A #11 seed has made the Sweet Sixteen three straight years.

* #12 seeds: At least one #12 seed has made the Sweet Sixteen in eight of the last 12 tournaments.

* #13 seeds: #13 Ohio this year is the first #13 seed in the Sweet Sixteen since 2007.

NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament seed matchups for the second round

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The NCAA men’s Division I basketball tourney second round begins tomorrow with second round games on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a look at how the seed matchups have played out in the second round in the past 10 tournaments (2002-2011). Also listed is how well each of the 16 seeds have fared in second round games in the last 10 years (Beware the #12 seed if they get in to the second round!).

Seed matchups in the Second Round, higher seed won-lost record

#1 vs. #8            19-3

#1 vs. #9            16-2

#4 vs. #5             6-13

#4 vs. #12           8-4

#5 vs. #13           4-1

#12 vs. #13         4-0

#3 vs. #6            15-7

#3 vs. #11          10-5

#6 vs. #14           3-0

#2 vs. #7            18-7

#2 vs. #10           8-7

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Seed records in the Second Round in the last 10 years

#1       35-5

#2       26-14

#3       25-12

#4       14-17

#5       17-7

#6       10-15

#7        7-18

#8        3-19

#9        2-16

#10      7-8

#11      5-10

#12      8-8

#13      1-8

#14      0-3

#15      0-0

#16      0-0

NCAA men’s Division 1 basketball tourney seed matchups for the first round

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Sports Stats ‘on Tapp’ is a sports statistics blog published multiple times weekly that focuses on stats that go beyond the numbers.

The NCAA men’s Division I basketball tourney begins tomorrow with first round games on Thursday and Friday. Here’s a look at how the seed matchups have played out in the first round in the past 10 tournaments (2002-2011).

Seed matchups in the First Round, higher seed won-lost record

#1 vs. #16          40-0

#8 vs. #9            22-18

#5 vs. #12          24-16

#4 vs. #13          31-9

#6 vs. #11          25-15

#3 vs. #14          37-3

#7 vs. #10          25-15

#2 vs. #15          40-0

Kansas gets 12th straight top four regional seed in NCAA tournament

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With their number 2 seed in the NCAA Midwest regional this year, the Kansas Jayhawks extended their current streak of receiving a #1, #2, #3, or #4 seed in a region for the 12th straight year. The last time Kansas was not a 1, 2, 3, or 4 seed in a region was in 2000 when they were the #8 seed in the East region in that tourney.

Four other schools this year received a top four regional seed for the third straight year (or more). Duke is a #2 seed in the South, giving them five straight years with a top four regional seed. Syracuse is the #1 seed in the East, the fourth straight year they have been a top four regional seed. A pair of Big Ten schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin both received top four regional seeds this year (Ohio State #2 in the East; Wisconsin #4 in the East) giving them each their third straight top four regional seed.

Following are the schools which have had the most top four regional seeds in the past 13 tournaments (since 2000)

Most top four regional seeds since 2000, schools

12: Duke, Kansas

8: Kentucky, North Carolina, Pittsburgh

7: Connecticut, Ohio State, Syracuse

6: Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, Oklahoma, Texas

Did you know? Six different schools have been a number 1 in a regional three or more times since 2000. Leading the list is Duke which has been a number 1 seed eight times in the last 13 years. They are followed by North Carolina and Kansas with five, Kentucky with four, and Stanford and Michigan State with three.