Last year, Connecticut took advantage of the first ever Elite 8 without any top 3 seeds and became the second 4-seed to win the tournament.

The 4-seeds might be the trickiest to pick.  It’s likely that one will lose in the first round, but 4 of the last 12 Final 4’s included a 4-seed.  The only thing you can be fairly certain of is that we won’t see one in the championship game, since it’s only happened four times.

Overall Performance

  • 120 (of 152) 4-seeds advanced to the Second Round
  • 72 went on to the Sweet 16
  • 23 reached the Elite 8
  • 14 reached the Final 4
  • 4 made the championship game
  • 2 won the tournament

Performance Over the Last 10 Tournament

  • 32 (of 40) advanced to the Second Round
  • 23 went on to the Sweet 16
  • 7 reached the Elite 8
  • 3 reached the Final 4
  • 2 made it to the championship game
  • 1 won the tournament

Record in the Second Round

  • vs 5-seeds:  44-35
  • vs 12-seeds:  28-13

Feats of Strength

  • 2014’s tournament was the first to see all four 4-seeds reach the Sweet 16.  They were UCLA, San Diego St, Michigan St, and Louisville.
  • Twice, the Final 4 had two 4-seeds in it
    • 1990 – Arkansas and Georgia Tech (both teams lost)
    • 2013 – Syracuse and Michigan faced off against each other
  • Arizona became the first team to win the tournament as a 4-seed in 1997
  • Connecticut became the second team to win as a 4-seed in 2023

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