Updated: Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:12 PM PST

NCAA March Madness Tournament 1st Round Breakdown

Come along as we breakdown the 1st round of the March Madness tournament to help you make excellent bets and win your NCAA Tournament bracket contest

In 1985, the NCAA expanded the National Championship Basketball Tournament (aka The Big Dance, March Madness, etc.) from 48 to 64 teams. This change had a profound impact on the 1st round tournament seedings. The 1st round now features some serious mismatches and, in the case of the 8 vs. 9 seedings, some real parity. Come along as we breakdown the 1st round of the tournament. We help this helps you make excellent bets and win your NCAA Tournament bracket contest.

Number 1 Seed vs. Number 16 Seed

A number 16 seed has never beaten a number 1 seed. That means that numbers 1 seeds are 88-0 straight up for the period 1985-2006. Number 1 seeds have a much better than average chance of making it to the Final Four. Over the same 22-year period, 1985-2006, 13 out of 22 tournament winners have been number one seeds. These numbers should erase any doubt that a number 1 seed, any number 1, has an excellent chance of winning the title.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 28-0
  • ATS: 12-15-1
  • Average Score: 81-56 (2255-1581/28)

Number 2 Seed vs. Number 15 Seed

Number 15 seeds have had a rough go of it in the NCAA Tournament with a 4-84 record against the number 2 seeds. We are still waiting for a number 15 seed to make the Final Four. Number 2 seeds have a very good chance of making the Final Four. During the period 1985-2006 three number 2 seeds have won the national championship.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 26-2
  • ATS: 9-19-0
  • Average Score: 74-60 (2070-1670/28)

Number 3 Seed vs. Number 14 Seed

Number 3 seeds don't win a lot of games against number 14 seeds, but it does happen. In fact, there used to be a yearly upset of a number 3 seed by a 14 seeds but the last several years have been devoid of any of these upsets. There has never been a number 14 seed in the Final Four. Number 3 seeds have a good chance of making it to the Final Four. Number 3 seeds even have a chance to win the championship as three teams have done it since 1985.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 26-2
  • ATS: 13-14-1
  • Average Score: 73-62 (2031-1723/28)

Number 4 Seed vs. Number 13 Seed

Number 13 seeds have not fared well against number 4 seeds over the years, going 18-70 since 1985. A number 13 seed has never made the Final Four. Number 4 seeds have a fair chance of making it to the Final Four. Only one number 4 seed has ever won the national championship.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 22-6
  • ATS: 13-15-0
  • Average Score: 76-68 (2131-1900/28)

Number 5 Seed vs. Number 12 Seed

Number 5 seeds have dominated number 12 seeds by a margin of 61-27. So far, no number 12 seeds have made the Final Four. Number 5 seeds have a so-so chance of making it to the Final Four. Over the period 1985-2006, no number 5 seeds have won the tournament, although two number 5 seeds have made the championship game. Oddly enough, number 12 seeds have a better record against number against number 5 seeds, than do number 11 seeds against number 6 seeds.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 17-11
  • ATS: 12-15-1
  • Average Score: 73-69 (2041-1939/28)

Number 6 Seed vs. Number 11 Seed

Number 6 seeds have dominated number 11 seeds by a margin of 61-27. Only two number 11 seed has made it to the Final Four. Number 6 seeds have a marginal chance of making it to the Final Four. Over the period 1985-2006, only one winner has been a number 6 seed.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 20-8
  • ATS: 16-12-0
  • Average Score: 69-66 (1935-1845/28)

Number 7 Seed vs. Number 10 Seed

Number 7 seeds hold a 53-35 advantage over number 10 seeds over the period 1985-2006. Neither a number 7 seed nor a number 10 seed has ever made the Final Four.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 17-11
  • ATS: 17-11-0
  • Average Score: 70-66 (1948-1844/28)

Number 8 Seed vs. Number 9 Seed

Believe it or not - actually it's not that hard to believe - number 9 seeds have the advantage, 47-41, against the number 8 seeds. Despite their advantage over the number 8 seeds, a number 9 seed is yet to make it to a Final Four. Number 8 seeds have a slim chance of making it to a Final Four. The only number 8 seed to every win the NCAA Tournament was the 1985 Villanova Wildcats.

2000-2006 Results:

  • SU: 15-13
  • ATS: 14-13-1
  • Average Score: 72-70 (2011-1972/28)