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