Much is made of seeding when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. Teams, fans and casual watches all wait to see who will land the coveted first seed in each of the four regions. But, how important is attaining a No.1 seed and how much does that bolster your chances of cutting down the net?
Well, prop odds have hit the board for several specific seeds and whether one of the four teams with the designated number will be the last standing after March Madness ends.
No.1 Seeds: Kansas, UNC, Virginia, Oregon
The top seed has gone a long way to ensuring a winner in the NCAA Tournament. 13 of the past 20 winners of the tournament were a No.1, which includes three of the past four champions. Obviously the top seed pretty much gets a cakewalk of a first game against the No.16 seed, a matchup that the top team has never once lost in history.
It is a little more interesting to see that only 33 of the 80 No.1 seeds in the past 20 years ultimately made the Final Four.
No.2 Seeds: Villanova, Xavier, Michigan State, Oklahoma
Landing a No.2 seed has not been a sign of great things with only two teams in that spot winning it all over the past 20 years. A No.2 winning the NCAA Tournament has not happened since UConn accomplished the feat in 2004. Since the Huskies won, only one other team with a No.2 seed has even made the finals, which was the 2012 Kansas Jayhawks.
No.3 Seeds: Miami, West Virginia, Utah, Texas A&M
Third seeds have only fared marginally better than their second seeded counterparts, as No.3’s have won three of the past 20 NCAA Tournaments. The last of which was UConn in 2011 when they defeated upset minded Butler. In the past decade only two No.3 seeds made it to the final game of March Madness, with the 2006 Florida Gators also winning it all along with the 2011 Huskies.
No.4 Seeds: Cal, Kentucky, Iowa State, Duke
Only one fourth seed in the past 20 years have cut down the nets and that was the 1997 Arizona Wildcats. In fact, only nine No.4 seeds have made the Final Four in the past 20 years. The fourth seed usually has one of the tougher roads to make it all the way as they will routinely need to face both a No.5 and a No.1 to just make it to the Elite Eight.
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