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NCAA Tournament: Round of 32 Historical Breakdown

Posted by Andrew McKillop on March 17, 2011

Updated: 4/6/2011

Since 1985 the lower seeds have a slightly worse win percentage in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament’s Round of 32 (.221), in comparison to the Round of 64 (.249). Check out the breakdown below.

Matchup W L W Pct.
1 vs. 8 41 10 0.804
1 vs. 9 53 4 0.930
2 vs. 7 47 17 0.734
2 vs. 10 23 17 0.575
3 vs. 6 33 26 0.559
3 vs. 11 22 11 0.667
4 vs. 5 30 28 0.517
4 vs. 12 16 11 0.593
5 vs. 13 11 3 0.786
6 vs. 14 11 2 0.846
7 vs. 15 1 0 1.000
10 vs. 15 3 0 1.000
11 vs. 14 3 0 1.000
12 vs. 13 8 1 0.889
5 vs. 4 28 30 0.483
6 vs. 3 26 33 0.441
7 vs. 2 17 47 0.266
8 vs. 1 10 41 0.196
9 vs. 1 4 53 0.070
10 vs. 2 17 23 0.425
11 vs. 3 11 22 0.333
12 vs. 4 11 16 0.407
13 vs. 12 1 8 0.111
13 vs. 5 3 11 0.214
14 vs. 11 0 3 0.000
14 vs. 6 2 11 0.154
15 vs. 7 0 1 0.000
15. vs. 10 0 3 0.000

 

As to be expected the Round of 32 is where teams from major conferences succeed.  Only two non-major conferences have/had winning records in the Round of 32 since 1985.

Conference W L W Pct.
Great Midwest (Defunct) 5 2 0.714
Southern 2 1 0.667
Atlantic Coast 69 39 0.639
Southeastern 53 33 0.616
Pacific Ten 40 27 0.597
Big Eight (Defunct) 19 13 0.594
Big East 65 51 0.560
Big Twelve 30 27 0.526
Big Ten 54 54 0.500
Missouri Valley 8 8 0.500
Southland 1 1 0.500
Big West 6 7 0.462
Atlantic Ten 18 23 0.439
Metro (Defunct) 6 8 0.429
West Coast 7 10 0.412
Mountain West 4 6 0.400
Summit League 2 3 0.400
Conference USA 11 17 0.393
Independent 3 5 0.375
Mid American 4 7 0.364
Horizon League 6 11 0.353
Colonial 4 8 0.333
Southwest Conf (Defunct) 4 10 0.286
Western Athletic 8 21 0.276
Ivy League 1 3 0.250
Sun Belt 2 10 0.167
Metro Atlantic 0 5 0.000
Ohio Valley 0 5 0.000
America East 0 3 0.000
Atlantic Sun 0 3 0.000
Big Sky 0 3 0.000
Mid-Eastern Athletic 0 2 0.000
Patriot 0 2 0.000
American South (Defunct) 0 1 0.000
Big South 0 1 0.000
Southwestern Athletic 0 1 0.000

 

There have been 19 games decided by a point or less in the Round of 32 since 1985.

Year Sd Team Sd Opponent Score
1985 2 Memphis 7 UAB 67-66
1985 11 Boston College 3 Duke 74-73
1987 5 Notre Dame 4 Texas Christian 58-57
1990 7 UCLA 2 Kansas 71-70
1990 10 Texas 2 Purdue 73-72
1991 4 Utah 5 Michigan St 85-84
1992 7 Georgia Tech 2 Southern California 79-78
1995 1 UCLA 8 Missouri 75-74
1997 6 Iowa St 3 Cincinnati 67-66
1997 6 Louisville 3 New Mexico 64-63
1997 10 Texas 15 Coppin St 82-81
1998 10 West Virginia 2 Cincinnati 75-74
2003 1 Arizona 9 Gonzaga 96-95
2003 5 Wisconsin 13 Tulsa 61-60
2004 9 UAB 1 Kentucky 76-75
2006 4 Louisiana St 12 Texas A&M 58-57
2008 3 Stanford 6 Marquette 82-81
2011 8 Butler 1 Pittsburgh 71-70
2011 5 Arizona 4 Texas 70-69

 

Reference: HoopsTournament.net NCAA Tournament Database

 

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