March Madness Seeds: 6 vs 11

Being selected as a No. 6 seed heading into the NCAA Tournament has been the kiss of death in March Madness brackets more often than not over the past few years while getting picked as a No. 11 seed has consequently proven to be an open door to the second round.

The No. 11 seeds have gone a solid 14-9-1 ATS in the previous six NCAA Tournaments, including a brief 1-3 slump both straight-up and versus the line in 2013.

Three No. 11 seeds covered the spread last year, with two of them winning SU (Tennessee and Dayton) in the first round and then advancing even further in the NCAA Tournament. It is worth noting that Tennessee was a rare favorite (-6) as a No. 11 seed against No. 6 seed Massachusetts in the first round. Tennessee also had to play in the First Four just to get into the NCAA Tournament, knocking out Iowa and then later facing and beating No. 14 seed Mercer 83-63 as a 12-point favorite to get to the Sweet 16. Tennessee’s luck ran out in a 73-71 loss to No. 2 seed Michigan as a 2-point underdog in the Sweet 16.

But Dayton enjoyed a longer run than Tennessee in 2014, upsetting Ohio State as a 6.5-point underdog in the first round and then pulling off an even bigger surprise in the second by taking out No. 3 Syracuse 55-53 as an 8.5-point dog. The bracket worked in Dayton’s favor in the Sweet 16, as the team got the opportunity to play No. 10 seed Stanford and moved on to the Elite Eight with a 82-72 victory as a 3.5-point underdog. Top seed Florida was waiting there with a trip to the Final Four on the line and topped Dayton 62-52 but failed to cover the spread as a 10.5-point favorite.

Tennessee and Dayton are among 17 of 41 No. 11 seeds all-time (41 percent) that upset No. 6 seeds in the first round and also advanced to the Sweet 16. And Dayton is one of six No. 11 seeds that has made it at least to the Elite Eight, with three of them getting as far as the Final Four (VCU in 2011, George Mason in 2006 and LSU in 1986).

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

#6 Seed vs #11 Seed
#6 Seed Score #11 Seed Score Date ATS Win Win Seed ATS Seed
North Carolina 79 Providence 77 2014-03-21 Providence 6 11
Massachusetts 67 Tennessee 86 2014-03-21 Tennessee 11 11
Baylor 74 Nebraska 60 2014-03-21 Baylor 6 6
Ohio State 59 Dayton 60 2014-03-20 Dayton 11 11
UCLA 63 Minnesota 83 2013-03-22 Minnesota 11 11
Arizona 81 Belmont 64 2013-03-21 Arizona 6 6
Memphis 54 St. Mary's 52 2013-03-21 Memphis 6 6
Butler 68 Bucknell 56 2013-03-21 Butler 6 6
San Diego State 65 North Carolina State 79 2012-03-16 North Carolina State 11 11
Cincinnati 65 Texas 59 2012-03-16 Cincinnati 6 6
UNLV 64 Colorado 68 2012-03-15 Colorado 11 11
Murray State 58 Colorado State 41 2012-03-15 Murray State 6 6
Georgetown 56 Virginia Commonwealth 74 2011-03-18 Virginia Commonwealth 11 11
Xavier 55 Marquette 66 2011-03-18 Marquette 11 11
Cincinnati 78 Missouri 63 2011-03-17 Cincinnati 6 6
St. John's 71 Gonzaga 86 2011-03-17 Gonzaga 11 11
Xavier 65 Minnesota 54 2010-03-19 Xavier 6 6
Tennessee 62 San Diego State 59 2010-03-18 Push 6  
Marquette 78 Washington 80 2010-03-18 Washington 11 11
Notre Dame 50 Old Dominion 51 2010-03-18 Old Dominion 11 11
West Virginia 60 Dayton 68 2009-03-20 Dayton 11 11
Arizona State 66 Temple 57 2009-03-20 Arizona State 6 6
Marquette 58 Utah State 57 2009-03-20 Utah State 6 11
UCLA 65 Virginia Commonwealth 64 2009-03-19 Virginia Commonwealth 6 11
Oklahoma 72 Saint Joseph's 64 2008-03-21 Oklahoma 6 6
USC 67 Kansas State 80 2008-03-20 Kansas State 11 11
Purdue 90 Baylor 79 2008-03-20 Purdue 6 6
Marquette 74 Kentucky 66 2008-03-20 Marquette 6 6
Notre Dame 64 Winthrop 74 2007-03-16 Winthrop 11 11
Duke 77 Virginia Commonwealth 79 2007-03-15 Virginia Commonwealth 11 11
Vanderbilt 77 George Washington 44 2007-03-15 Vanderbilt 6 6
Louisville 78 Stanford 58 2007-03-15 Louisville 6 6
Michigan State 65 George Mason 75 2006-03-17 George Mason 11 11
West Virginia 64 Southern Illinois 46 2006-03-17 West Virginia 6 6
Indiana 87 San Diego State 83 2006-03-16 Indiana 6 6
Oklahoma 74 Wisc-Milwaukee 82 2006-03-16 Wisc-Milwaukee 11 11
Wisconsin 57 Northern Iowa 52 2005-03-18 Northern Iowa 6 11
Texas Tech 78 UCLA 66 2005-03-17 Texas Tech 6 6
LSU 68 UAB 82 2005-03-17 UAB 11 11
Utah 60 Texas El Paso 54 2005-03-17 Utah 6 6
Wisconsin 76 Richmond 64 2004-03-19 Wisconsin 6 6
Vanderbilt 71 Western Michigan 58 2004-03-19 Vanderbilt 6 6
Boston College 58 Utah 51 2004-03-19 Boston College 6 6
North Carolina 63 Air Force 52 2004-03-18 North Carolina 6 6
Oklahoma State 77 Pennsylvania 63 2003-03-21 Oklahoma State 6 6
Maryland 75 UNC Wilmington 73 2003-03-21 UNC Wilmington 6 11
Missouri 72 Southern Illinois 71 2003-03-20 Southern Illinois 6 11
Creighton 73 Central Michigan 79 2003-03-20 Central Michigan 11 11
Texas Tech 68 Southern Illinois 76 2002-03-15 Southern Illinois 11 11
California 82 Pennsylvania 75 2002-03-15 California 6 6
Texas 70 Boston College 57 2002-03-15 Texas 6 6
Gonzaga 66 Wyoming 73 2002-03-14 Wyoming 11 11
Texas 65 Temple 79 2001-03-16 Temple 11 11
Notre Dame 83 Xavier 71 2001-03-16 Notre Dame 6 6
Wisconsin 49 Georgia State 50 2001-03-15 Georgia State 11 11
USC 69 Oklahoma State 54 2001-03-15 USC 6 6
Indiana 57 Pepperdine 77 2000-03-17 Pepperdine 11 11
Miami 75 Arkansas 71 2000-03-17 Miami 6 6
UCLA 65 Ball State 57 2000-03-16 UCLA 6 6
Purdue 62 Dayton 61 2000-03-16 Dayton 6 11
Kansas 95 Evansville 74 1999-03-12 Kansas 6 6
Temple 61 Kent State 54 1999-03-12 Kent State 6 11
George Washington 88 Indiana 108 1999-03-11 Indiana 11 11
Florida 75 Pennsylvania 61 1999-03-11 Florida 6 6
UCLA 65 Miami 62 1998-03-13 Miami 6 11
Clemson 72 Western Michigan 75 1998-03-13 Western Michigan 11 11
Xavier 68 Washington 69 1998-03-12 Washington 11 11
Arkansas 74 Nebraska 65 1998-03-12 Arkansas 6 6
Stanford 80 Oklahoma 67 1997-03-14 Stanford 6 6
Louisville 65 Massachusetts 57 1997-03-14 Louisville 6 6
Illinois 90 USC 77 1997-03-14 Illinois 6 6
Iowa State 69 Illinois State 57 1997-03-13 Iowa State 6 6
North Carolina 83 New Orleans 62 1996-03-15 North Carolina 6 6
Louisville 82 Tulsa 80 1996-03-15 Tulsa 6 11
Indiana 51 Boston College 64 1996-03-15 Boston College 11 11
Iowa 81 George Washington 79 1996-03-15 George Washington 6 11