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March Madness Seeds: 8 vs 9

You would think the No. 8 vs No. 9 March Madness matchup would be the most even betting situation in the bracket. While historically it has been, the past five years have seen the No. 8 seeds win 17 of 24 matchups with No. 9 seeds straight-up while covering 15 times.

Last year, all four No. 8 seeds won, but only Oregon and San Diego State covered the closing spread. Only NC State managed to get past the second round with all ther No.8 seeds advancing last season, but they got bounced just one round later than their eighth seeded counterparts. The last No. 9 seed that did win Pittsburgh (-6.5) in 2014 who routed Colorado 77-48 to advance. Of those four that moved on, Kentucky was the lone team to get past the second round.

Going back a few years, No. 8 Butler made it all the way to the national championship game, one of four times that has ever happened. In 2014, Kentucky got that far as well and closed as a 2.5-point favorite against No. 7 seed Connecticut in a 60-54 loss. In 1980, UCLA was a No. 8 seed and lost to No. 2 Louisville. And the 1985 Villanova team upset No. 1 Georgetown to win it all, becoming the lowest seed to ever win the NCAA title, which is still the case today.

In the history of the NCAA Tournament, seven No. 8 seeds have advanced to the Final Four overall, including a record two in 2000 (North Carolina and Wisconsin), neither of which made it to the national title game. Only two No. 9 seeds have ever reached the Final Four, Pennsylvania in 1979 and Wichita State in 2013, but similarly neither went on to play for the championship.

And here's another college basketball handicapping nugget as you study point spreads after the bracket is set – how many times recently have No. 8 seeds been underdogs? In the last six years, there have been 10 No. 8 seeds that have been dogs in 24 games during that stretch, and they have gone 8-2 SU and ATS. Since 2000, No. 8 seeds have also gone 16-7-1 ATS as dogs, so keep that in mind when the brackets are released and after oddsmakers set the opening lines for these matchups this year.

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

#8 Seed vs #9 Seed
#8 SeedScore#9 SeedScoreDateATS WinWin SeedATS Seed
San Diego State76St. John's642015-03-20San Diego State88
Oregon79Oklahoma State732015-03-20Oregon88
NC State66LSU652015-03-19LSU89
Cincinnati66Purdue652015-03-19Purdue89
Kentucky56Kansas State492014-03-21Kentucky88
Memphis71George Washington662014-03-21Memphis88
Gonzaga85Oklahoma State772014-03-21Gonzaga88
Colorado48Pittsburgh772014-03-20Pittsburgh99
North Carolina78Villanova712013-03-22North Carolina88
North Carolina State72Temple762013-03-22Temple99
Colorado State84Missouri722013-03-21Colorado State88
Pittsburgh55Wichita State732013-03-21Wichita State99
Memphis54Saint Louis612012-03-16Saint Louis99
Creighton58Alabama572012-03-16Creighton88
Iowa State77Connecticut642012-03-15Iowa State88
Kansas State70Southern Miss642012-03-15Kansas State88
UNLV62Illinois732011-03-18Illinois99
George Mason61Villanova572011-03-18George Mason88
Michigan75Tennessee452011-03-18Michigan88
Butler60Old Dominion582011-03-17Butler88
California77Louisville622010-03-19California88
Gonzaga67Florida State602010-03-19Gonzaga88
Texas80Wake Forest812010-03-18Wake Forest99
UNLV66Northern Iowa692010-03-18Northern Iowa99
Ohio State72Siena742009-03-20Siena99
Oklahoma State77Tennessee752009-03-20Oklahoma State88
BYU66Texas A&M792009-03-19Texas A&M99
LSU75Butler712009-03-19LSU88
Indiana72Arkansas862008-03-21Arkansas99
Mississippi State76Oregon692008-03-21Mississippi State88
BYU62Texas A&M672008-03-20Texas A&M99
UNLV71Kent State582008-03-20UNLV88
Kentucky67Villanova582007-03-16Kentucky88
Arizona63Purdue722007-03-16Purdue99
BYU77Xavier792007-03-15Push9 
Marquette49Michigan State612007-03-15Michigan State99
Kentucky69UAB642006-03-17Kentucky88
Arkansas55Bucknell592006-03-17Bucknell99
Arizona94Wisconsin752006-03-17Arizona88
George Washington88UNC Wilmington852006-03-16Push8 
Stanford70Mississippi State932005-03-18Mississippi State99
Minnesota53Iowa State642005-03-18Iowa State99
Texas57Nevada612005-03-17Nevada99
Pacific79Pittsburgh712005-03-17Pacific88
Washington100UAB1022004-03-19UAB99
Seton Hall80Arizona762004-03-18Seton Hall88
Alabama65Southern Illinois642004-03-18Southern Illinois89
Texas Tech76Charlotte732004-03-18Texas Tech88
Oregon58Utah602003-03-21Utah99
LSU56Purdue802003-03-21Purdue99
California76North Carolina State742003-03-20California88
Cincinnati69Gonzaga742003-03-20Gonzaga99
UCLA80Mississippi582002-03-15UCLA88
Wisconsin80St. John's702002-03-15Wisconsin88
Stanford84Western Kentucky682002-03-14Stanford88
Notre Dame82Charlotte632002-03-14Notre Dame88
Tennessee63Charlotte702001-03-16Charlotte99
California70Fresno State822001-03-16Fresno State99
Georgia Tech62Saint Joseph's662001-03-15Saint Joseph's99
Missouri70Georgia682001-03-15Missouri88
Kansas81DePaul772000-03-17Kansas88
North Carolina84Missouri702000-03-17North Carolina88
Utah48Saint Louis452000-03-16Saint Louis89
Wisconsin66Fresno State562000-03-16Wisconsin88
College of Charleston53Tulsa621999-03-12Tulsa99
Villanova70Mississippi721999-03-12Villanova98
Syracuse61Oklahoma State691999-03-11Oklahoma State99
Missouri59New Mexico611999-03-11New Mexico99
Rhode Island97Murray State741998-03-13Rhode Island88
Oklahoma State74George Washington591998-03-13Oklahoma State88
Charlotte77Illinois-Chicago621998-03-12Charlotte88
Tennessee81Illinois State821998-03-12Push9 
Mississippi40Temple621997-03-14Temple99
Iowa73Virginia601997-03-13Push8 
Purdue83Rhode Island761997-03-13Purdue88
Indiana62Colorado801997-03-13Colorado99
Duke60Eastern Michigan751996-03-14Eastern Michigan99
Bradley58Stanford661996-03-14Stanford99
Wisc-Green Bay49Virginia Tech611996-03-14Virginia Tech99
Georgia81Clemson741996-03-14Georgia88

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