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.

Overall Performance

  • 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)


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