15-Seeds

Ok, 15-seeds.  Like one of those Twilight vampire novels, I’m finding it very difficult to read you.  After going 10 years without a single win, four 15’s have advanced to the Second Round in the last 6 years.  Is this a new trend?  A total fluke?

15-seeds’ overall record is 8-124 (0.061).  Doesn’t sound like much to be concerned about, right.   But 7 of the last 27 tourneys have seen a 15-seed advance.

Overall Performance

  • 8 (of 132) advanced to the Second Round
  • 1 went on to the Sweet 16
  • None reached the Elite 8

Performance Over the Last 10 Years

  • 4 (of 40) advanced to the Second Round
  • 1 reached the Sweet 16

Feats of Strength

  • In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast became the first 15-seed to advance to the Sweet 16.  It was a lot of fun to watch!  After beating 2-seed Georgetown 78-68, FGCU beat 7-seed San Diego State 81-71 two days later.  The hot streak ended with a 50-62 loss to 3-seed Florida.
  • The Other Bracketbusters
    • 2016:  Middle Tennessee over Michigan State 90-81
    • 2012:  Lehigh over Duke 75-70 & Norfolk State over Missouri 86-84
    • 2001:  Hampton over Iowa State 58-57
    • 1997:  Coppin State over South Carolina 78-65 (lost by 1 point to Texas in the next round)
    • 1993:  Santa Clara over Arizona 64-61
    • 1991:  Richmond over Syracuse 73-69

 

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