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March Madness Seeds: 4 vs 13

If a No. 13 seed upsetting a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament seems like a huge longshot, be aware that it has happened at least once in 11 of the past 15 years, the exceptions being 2004, 2007, 2014 and 2015.

And three times since the tourney field expanded to 64 teams in 1985 have there been two upsets involving No. 13 seeds in the same year, 1987, 2001 and 2008. In fact, 2014's 4-0 sweep by the No. 4 seeds ended a string of six consecutive seasons in which there had been at least one No. 13 seed advancing past the first round in the March Madness bracket.

However, that does not mean the No. 13 seeds went down in 2014 and 2015 without a fight. They still went 3-1 against the spread last year, with Valparaiso (+5), UC Irvine (+8.5) and Harvard (+9.5) each covered the number in games that were decided by a combined seven points. In 2012 and 2013, the No. 13 seeds went 2-6 ATS despite seeing both teams that covered move on to the next round. In 2010 and 2011, the No. 13 seeds went 5-3 ATS.

There have been 25 No. 13 seeds that have pulled off upsets in the first round over the past 30 years of the NCAA Tournament. That includes the very first year of the bigger March Madness bracket in 1985 when Navy crushed LSU 78-55 for the largest margin of victory ever for the matchup. The last four upsets from 2010 through 2013 were all decided by five points or less. Seven No. 13 seeds have won by 10 points or more, and four of the eight games played between 2001 and 2008 were decided in overtime.

Even though college basketball bettors have never seen a No. 13 seed win a Sweet 16 game, six have made it to the third round before getting knocked out at that point of the NCAA Tournament. The two most recent times saw LaSalle (2013) and Ohio (2012) take down No. 12 seeds in the second round to make it to the Sweet 16, which has actually happened in three of the six occurrences overall.

Seed vs Seed Stats: 1 vs 16 | 2 vs 15 | 3 vs 14 | 4 vs 13 | 5 vs 12 | 6 vs 11 | 7 vs 10 | 8 vs 9

#4 Seed vs #13 Seed
#4 SeedScore#13 SeedScoreDateATS WinWin SeedATS Seed
Maryland65Valparaiso622015-03-20Valparaiso413
Louisville57UC Irvine552015-03-20UC Irvine413
Georgetown84Eastern Washington742015-03-19Georgetown44
North Carolina67Harvard652015-03-19Harvard413
UCLA76Tulsa592014-03-21UCLA44
San Diego State73New Mexico State692014-03-20New Mexico State413
Louisville71Manhattan642014-03-20Manhattan413
Michigan State93Delaware782014-03-20Michigan State44
Kansas State61La Salle632013-03-22La Salle1313
Syracuse81Montana342013-03-21Syracuse44
Michigan71South Dakota State562013-03-21Michigan44
Saint Louis64New Mexico State442013-03-21Saint Louis44
Michigan60Ohio652012-03-16Ohio1313
Indiana79New Mexico State662012-03-15Indiana44
Wisconsin73Montana492012-03-15Wisconsin44
Louisville69Davidson622012-03-15Louisville44
Texas85Oakland812011-03-18Oakland413
Wisconsin72Belmont582011-03-17Wisconsin44
Kentucky59Princeton572011-03-17Princeton413
Louisville61Morehead State622011-03-17Morehead State1313
Maryland89Houston772010-03-19Maryland44
Wisconsin53Wofford492010-03-19Wofford413
Purdue72Siena642010-03-19Purdue44
Vanderbilt65Murray State662010-03-18Murray State1313
Wake Forest69Cleveland State842009-03-20Cleveland State1313
Xavier77Portland State592009-03-20Xavier44
Gonzaga77Akron642009-03-19Akron413
Washington71Mississippi State582009-03-19Washington44
Vanderbilt62Siena832008-03-21Siena1313
Connecticut69San Diego702008-03-21San Diego1313
Washington State71Winthrop402008-03-20Washington State44
Pittsburgh82Oral Roberts632008-03-20Pittsburgh44
Southern Illinois61Holy Cross512007-03-16Southern Illinois44
Texas79New Mexico State672007-03-16Texas44
Virginia84Albany572007-03-16Virginia44
Maryland82Davidson702007-03-15Maryland44
Kansas73Bradley772006-03-17Bradley1313
Illinois78Air Force692006-03-16Illinois44
LSU80Iona642006-03-16LSU44
Boston College88Pacific762006-03-16Boston College44
Syracuse57Vermont602005-03-18Vermont1313
Louisville68Louisiana-Lafayette622005-03-18Louisiana-Lafayette413
Florida67Ohio622005-03-18Ohio413
Boston College85Pennsylvania652005-03-17Boston College44
Kansas78Illinois-Chicago532004-03-19Kansas44
Cincinnati80East Tennessee State772004-03-19East Tennessee State413
Wake Forest79Virginia Commonwealth782004-03-18Virginia Commonwealth413
Maryland86Texas El Paso832004-03-18Texas El Paso413
Louisville86Austin Peay642003-03-21Louisville44
Dayton71Tulsa842003-03-20Tulsa1313
Stanford77San Diego692003-03-20Stanford44
Illinois65Western Kentucky602003-03-20Western Kentucky413
Illinois93San Diego State642002-03-15Illinois44
Ohio State69Davidson642002-03-14Davidson413
USC89UNC Wilmington932002-03-14UNC Wilmington1313
Kentucky83Valparaiso682002-03-14Kentucky44
Oklahoma68Indiana State702001-03-16Indiana State1313
Kansas99CS Northridge752001-03-16Kansas44
UCLA61Hofstra482001-03-15UCLA44
Indiana73Kent State772001-03-15Kent State1313
Illinois68Pennsylvania582000-03-17Illinois44
Tennessee63Louisiana-Lafayette582000-03-17Louisiana-Lafayette413
Syracuse79Samford652000-03-16Syracuse44
LSU64SE Missouri State612000-03-16SE Missouri State413
Tennessee62Delaware521999-03-12Push4 
Arizona60Oklahoma611999-03-12Oklahoma1313
Ohio State72Murray State581999-03-11Ohio State44
Arkansas94Siena801999-03-11Arkansas44
Mississippi69Valparaiso701998-03-13Valparaiso1313
New Mexico79Butler621998-03-13New Mexico44
Michigan State83Eastern Michigan711998-03-12Michigan State44
Maryland82Utah State681998-03-12Maryland44
Clemson68Miami (Ohio)561997-03-14Clemson44
Saint Joseph's75Pacific651997-03-13Saint Joseph's44
Arizona65South Alabama571997-03-13South Alabama413
Villanova101Long Island911997-03-13Long Island413
Syracuse88Montana State551996-03-14Syracuse44
UCLA41Princeton431996-03-14Princeton1313
Utah72Canisius431996-03-14Utah44
Marquette68Monmouth441996-03-14Marquette44

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