I’ve looked at how well (or not well) each seed has performed in the NCAA Tournament since it expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The main reason these observations are useful is because they strip away any bias or preconceived notions about a team because of their name, their coach, players, etc. Let’s say, for example, you really like Duke (currently projected as a 5-seed by Joe Lunardi) to win it all. Here you can see that a 5-seed has never even won the tournament. Of course, just because it hasn’t happened before, doesn’t mean it can’t. No 7-seed had won until Connecticut did it in 2014. But now you can know just how much of a long shot that outcome may be.
Check out each seed in the drop-down from the “Seed Analysis” menu item for more details and specific advice for filling out your bracket in 2017.
Average Number of Teams to Reach Each Round by Seed
Average Number of Teams to Reach Each Round by Seed (last 10 years)