The poor 9-seeds. First they play against a team (the 8-seed in their region) that should be a fairly even match. Not an easy win and there’s no fanfare if they do win. Then, if they win, they have to face the 1-seed in the very next round. Only the 13-16 seeds reach the Sweet 16 less frequently than the 8- and 9-seeds. Actually, 9-seeds have the same number of Sweet 16 appearances as 13-seeds. Overall, 9-seeds have had a slight upper hand in their series against the 8-seeds. In the last decade, however, the trend has reversed and the 8-seeds have been a little bit more successful. In an evenly matched series, though, you’d expect streaks and trends to go back and forth a little.
- 66 (of 132) advanced to the Second Round
- 6 went on to the Sweet 16
- 3 reached the Elite 8
- 2 reached the Final 4
Performance Over the Last 10 Years
- 15 (of 40) advanced to the Second Round
- 2 went on to the Sweet 16
- 1 reached the Elite 8
- 1 made it to the Final 4
Bracket Performance History and Advice
- First Round: Flip a coin. The 9-seed has won exactly half of their First Round games.
- Second Round: Only 5% of 9-seeds advance past the Second Round.
- Sweet 16: Of the 12 teams to reach this round, three of them continued to the next.
- Elite 8: Only three teams (2% of all 9-seeds) make it this far.
- Final 4: It’s happened two times, ever.
- Final: Never reached the final.
Record in the Second Round
- vs 1-seeds: 6-60
Feats of Strength
- The only two 9-seeds to make a Final 4 run are:
- 2013: Wichita State
- 2000: Wisconsin
- All four 9-seeds have advanced to the Round of 32 four times (’89, ’94, ’99, and ’01)
- Only twice did none of the 9-seeds advance (’02 and ‘15)