11-Seeds

11-seeds have become the ultimate bracket busters.  They’ve laid waste to brackets twice in the last 11 years by reaching the Final 4.  11-seeds have actually reached the Round of 32 and the Sweet 16 about as often as 12-seeds, but they’re the only double-digit seed to make it to the Final 4.

Overall Performance

  • 49 (of 132) advanced to the Second Round
  • 20 went on to the Sweet 16
  • 7 reached the Elite 8
  • 3 reached the Final 4

Performance Over the Last 10 Years

  • 20 (of 40) advanced to the Second Round
  • 9 went on to the Sweet 16
  • 3 reached the Elite 8
  • 1 reached the Final 4

Bracket Performance History and Advice

  • First Round:  37% win their First Round game = 84% chance of at least one upset.  In the last 29 years, a 11-seed failed to advance only 3 times.
  • Second Round:  Only 15% of 11-seeds advance past the Second Round, but it’s happened in 7 of the last 10 years.
  • Sweet 16:  Of the 20 teams to reach this round, seven of them continued to the next.  Seven out of the last 10 Sweet 16’s included a 11-seed.
  • Elite 8:  Only 5% make it this far.
  • Final 4:  It’s happened three times, ever.
  • Final:  Never reached the final.

Record in the Second Round

  • vs 3-seeds:  15-29
  • vs 14-seeds:  5-0

Feats of Strength

  • In 1989 all four 11-seeds advanced to the second round
  • Three 11-seeds have advanced to the Final 4:
    • 2011 – Virginia Commonwealth
    • 2006 – George Mason
    • 1986 – LSU

 

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