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Analysis of NCAA Tournament Seeds by School

Posted by Andrew McKillop on March 4, 2011

Updated: 4/25/2011

Listed below is a table showing the highest, lowest, and average seed each NCAA Division 1 basketball program has attained in the NCAA Tournament. Sorted by current conference.

Note: The NCAA started seeding teams in 1979.

Atlantic Coast High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Duke 1 2011 8 1996 2.3
Maryland 1 2002 10 2009 4.9
North Carolina 1 2009 8 2000 2.4
Virginia 1 1983 9 1997 4.9
Wake Forest 1 1995 9 2010 4.7
Georgia Tech 2 1986 10 2010 5.6
Miami FL 2 1999 11 1998 6.2
Boston College 3 2001 11 2002 6.8
Florida St 3 1993 12 1998 7.3
North Carolina St 3 2004 11 1987 6.4
Clemson 4 1997 12 2011 6.7
Virginia Tech 5 2007 9 1996 7.5
Big East High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Cincinnati 1 2002 8 2003 4.3
Connecticut 1 2009 11 1991 3.3
DePaul 1 1984 12 1989 5.6
Georgetown 1 1989 10 2001 4.5
Louisville 1 2009 11 1995 4.8
Notre Dame 1 1979 10 1990 5.6
Pittsburgh 1 2009 12 1985 5.2
St. John’s 1 1986 11 1988 5.3
Syracuse 1 2010 8 1999 3.9
Villanova 1 2006 12 2008 6.4
Seton Hall 2 1993 10 2006 6.4
West Virginia 2 2010 12 1992 7.2
Marquette 3 2003 12 1993 6.8
Providence 5 2004 12 1989 8.6
Rutgers 6 1979 13 1989 9.3
South Florida 11 1992 15 1990 13.0
Big Ten High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Illinois 1 2005 12 2007 4.9
Indiana 1 1993 9 1995 4.7
Michigan 1 1993 10 2009 4.9
Michigan St 1 2001 10 2002 5.0
Minnesota 1 1997 11 2010 7.0
Ohio St 1 2007 9 1987 4.0
Purdue 1 1996 10 1999 5.0
Iowa 2 1987 11 1986 6.0
Wisconsin 2 2007 12 2009 6.3
Nebraska 3 1991 11 1998 7.8
Penn St 5 1996 13 1991 8.8
Northwestern
Big 12 High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Kansas 1 2010 8 2000 3.0
Missouri 1 1994 12 2002 6.5
Oklahoma 1 2003 13 1999 4.7
Texas 1 2003 11 1995 6.3
Iowa St 2 2001 13 1985 7.6
Kansas St 2 2010 11 2008 7.0
Oklahoma St 2 2005 11 2001 5.4
Baylor 3 2010 11 2008 7.3
Texas A&M 3 2007 12 2006 7.9
Texas Tech 3 1996 13 1986 8.0
Pacific-12 High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Arizona 1 2003 12 2009 4.7
Oregon St 1 1981 12 1988 5.5
Stanford 1 2004 12 1992 5.5
UCLA 1 2008 11 2005 4.6
Washington 1 2005 12 1986 7.0
Arizona St 2 1981 10 2003 6.0
Oregon 2 2002 9 2008 5.8
USC 2 1992 11 2011 7.4
Utah 2 1999 14 1986 6.6
Washington St 3 2007 8 1994 5.6
California 5 1997 12 1996 7.4
Colorado 9 1997 10 2003 9.5
Southeastern High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Arkansas 1 1994 12 2007 5.9
Auburn 1 1999 11 1985 7.3
Florida 1 2007 10 2010 4.9
Kentucky 1 2010 12 1985 3.5
Louisiana St 1 1981 11 1993 6.1
Alabama 2 2002 10 2006 6.1
Mississippi St 2 2004 13 2009 6.1
South Carolina 2 1997 12 1989 6.8
Tennessee 2 2008 10 1989 6.4
Georgia 3 2002 14 2008 7.5
Mississippi 3 2001 10 1981 7.2
Vanderbilt 3 1993 10 1997 6.2
Atlantic 10 High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Massachusetts 1 1996 11 1997 4.1
St. Joseph’s 1 2004 11 2008 6.6
Temple 1 1988 12 2008 7.5
Xavier 3 2008 14 2006 8.8
Dayton 4 2003 12 1990 9.6
La Salle 4 1990 13 1992 10.2
Charlotte 5 1999 13 1988 8.1
Richmond 7 2010 15 1991 12.1
Saint Louis 7 1994 10 1998 8.8
George Washington 8 2006 12 2005 10.5
Rhode Island 8 1998 12 1999 9.6
St. Bonaventure 12 2000 12.0
Fordham 14 1992 14.0
Duquesne
Conference USA High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Houston 1 1983 13 2010 7.5
Memphis 1 2008 12 2011 5.0
Tulsa 3 1982 13 2003 8.4
UAB 4 1982 12 2011 8.9
UTEP 4 1984 13 2004 9.5
SMU 5 1985 10 1993 7.8
Tulane 9 1995 11 1993 10.0
Marshall 10 1984 15 1985 12.7
Southern Miss 11 1991 13 1990 12.0
Central Florida 14 2004 16 1996 15.3
East Carolina 16 1993 16.0
Rice
Missouri Valley High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Indiana St 1 1979 14 2011 10.0
Southern Illinois 4 2007 14 1993 9.8
Drake 5 2008 5.0
Creighton 6 2003 14 1989 10.1
Illinois St 6 1983 14 1990 9.5
Wichita St 6 1981 12 1988 9.4
Bradley 7 1986 13 2006 9.6
Evansville 8 1992 14 1993 10.8
Missouri St 9 1990 14 1989 12.2
Northern Iowa 9 2010 14 2004 11.7
Mountain West High Last Low Last Avg Seed
UNLV 1 1991 12 1998 5.3
San Diego St 2 2011 13 2002 10.0
New Mexico 3 2010 14 1991 7.4
TCU 4 1987 5 1998 4.5
Wyoming 5 1981 12 1987 8.6
Colorado St 10 1990 14 2003 11.3
Air Force 11 2004 13 2006 12.0
Boise St 14 2008 14.0
West Coast High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Gonzaga 2 2004 14 1995 7.8
Brigham Young 3 2011 12 2004 8.1
San Francisco 4 1979 14 1998 9.0
Pepperdine 7 1982 14 1994 11.3
Saint Mary’s 8 1989 14 1997 10.4
San Diego 9 1987 13 2008 11.8
Loyola Marymount 10 1988 12 1989 11.3
Santa Clara 10 1996 15 1993 13.0
Portland 14 1996 14.0
Western Athletic High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Idaho 3 1982 13 1990 9.0
Fresno St 4 1982 9 2001 7.0
Louisiana Tech 5 1985 14 1987 10.0
Nevada 5 2006 14 1985 9.3
New Mexico St 6 1991 14 1999 10.3
Hawaii 10 2002 13 1994 11.7
Utah St 10 1988 15 2003 11.8
San Jose St 12 1980 16 1996 14.0
America East High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Albany 13 2007 16 2006 14.5
Vermont 13 2005 16 2010 15.0
Binghamton 15 2009 15.0
UMBC 15 2008 15.0
Boston U. 16 2011 14.5
Hartford
Maine
New Hampshire
Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Jacksonville 8 1986 9 1979 8.5
East Tennessee St 10 1991 16 2010 14.1
Mercer 12 1981 15 1985 13.5
Belmont 13 2011 14.5
Florida Gulf Coast
Kennesaw St
Lipscomb
North Florida
Stetson
USC Upstate
Big Sky High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Weber St 7 1980 15 2007 11.1
Montana 12 2006 16 2005 14.7
Montana St 13 1996 16 1986 14.5
Portland St 13 2009 16 2008 14.5
Eastern Washington 15 2004 15.0
Northern Arizona 15 2000 15.0
Northern Colorado 15 2011 15.0
Idaho St 16 1987 16.0
Sacramento St
Big South High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Winthrop 11 2007 16 2010 14.6
Charleston Southern 15 1997 15.0
Coastal Carolina 15 1991 16 1993 15.5
Campbell 16 1992 16.0
Liberty 16 2004 16.0
Radford 16 2009 16.0
UNC Asheville 16 2011 16.0
Gardner-Webb
High Point
Presbyterian
Virginia Military
Big West High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Pacific 6 1979 13 2006 10.4
UC Santa Barbara 9 1990 15 2011 12.6
Long Beach St 11 1993 13 1995 12.0
Cal St Northridge 13 2001 15 2009 14.0
Cal St Fullerton 14 2008 14.0
Cal Poly
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Riverside
Colonial Athletic High Last Low Last Avg Seed
VCU 2 1985 13 2004 8.8
George Mason 8 2011 15 1989 12.3
Old Dominion 8 1986 15 1992 11.5
James Madison 9 1982 14 1994 10.8
UNC Wilmington 9 2006 15 2000 12.0
Georgia St 11 2001 16 1991 13.5
Northeastern 11 1984 16 1991 12.9
Drexel 12 1996 15 1986 13.3
Delaware 13 1999 15 1998 13.5
Hofstra 13 2001 14 2000 13.5
Towson 16 1991 16.0
William & Mary
Great West High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Houston Baptist 12 1984 12.0
Chicago St
NJIT
North Dakota
South Dakota
UT Pan American
Utah Valley
Horizon League High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Loyola IL 4 1985 4.0
Butler 5 2010 14 1997 9.5
Detroit 7 1979 12 1999 9.7
Green Bay 8 1996 14 1995 11.5
Ill-Chicago 9 1998 15 2002 12.3
Milwaukee 11 2006 12 2005 11.7
Valparaiso 12 1997 16 2000 14.0
Cleveland St 13 2009 14 1986 13.5
Wright St 14 2007 16 1993 15.0
Youngstown St
Independents High Last Low Last Avg Seed
New Orleans 7 1987 14 1991 10.0
Cal St Bakersfield
Longwood
Savannah St
Seattle
Ivy League High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Princeton 5 1998 16 1989 11.9
Pennsylvania 9 1979 16 1987 12.4
Cornell 12 2010 16 1988 14.0
Brown 15 1986 15.0
Columbia
Dartmouth
Harvard
Yale
Metro Atlantic High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Iona 6 1980 14 2001 11.3
Siena 9 2009 16 2002 13.0
Manhattan 11 1993 14 2003 12.5
Rider 12 1984 16 1993 14.3
St. Peter’s 12 1991 15 1995 13.7
Canisius 13 1996 13.0
Fairfield 13 1986 16 1997 15.0
Marist 14 1987 15 1986 14.5
Niagara 14 2005 16 2007 15.0
Loyola MD 15 1994 15.0
Mid American High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Toledo 5 1979 9 1980 7.0
Miami OH 8 1984 14 2007 11.5
Ball St 9 1989 15 1993 12.1
Eastern Michigan 9 1996 15 1988 12.3
Kent St 9 2008 13 2001 11.0
Central Michigan 11 2003 13 1987 12.0
Ohio 11 1983 14 2010 12.8
Western Michigan 11 2004 11.0
Northern Illinois 12 1982 14 1996 13.0
Akron 13 2009 15 2011 14.3
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Mid Eastern High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Howard 12 1981 16 1992 14.0
North Carolina A&T 12 1984 16 1995 14.3
Coppin St 15 1997 16 2008 15.3
Hampton 15 2002 16 2011 15.5
Morgan St 15 2010 15.0
South Carolina St 15 1998 16 2003 15.4
Delaware St 16 2005 16.0
Florida A&M 16 2007 16.0
Bethune-Cookman
MD Eastern Shore
NC Central
Norfolk St
Northeast High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Long Island 11 1984 15 2011 12.8
Robert Morris 12 1983 16 1992 14.4
Monmouth 13 1996 16 2006 15.0
Central Conn St 14 2002 16 2007 15.0
Fairleigh Dickinson 15 1998 16 2005 15.8
St. Francis PA 15 1991 15.0
Wagner 15 2003 15.0
Mt. St. Mary’s 16 2008 16.0
Bryant
Quinnipiac
Sacred Heart
St. Francis NY
Ohio Valley High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Eastern Kentucky 9 1979 16 2007 13.3
Murray St 9 1998 16 1990 13.5
Morehead St 11 1983 16 2009 13.0
Austin Peay 13 2003 15 2008 14.0
SE Missouri St 13 2000 13.0
Tennessee St 14 1994 15 1993 14.5
Eastern Illinois 15 2001 15.0
Jacksonville St
SIU Edwardsville
Tennessee Tech
UT Martin
Patriot League High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Navy 7 1986 16 1998 12.5
Bucknell 9 2006 16 1987 13.6
Holy Cross 11 1980 16 2002 13.7
American 14 2009 15 2008 14.5
Lafayette 15 2000 15.0
Colgate 16 1996 16.0
Lehigh 16 2010 16.0
Army
Southern High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Appalachian St 6 1979 14 2000 10.0
Charleston 8 1999 14 1998 11.5
Chattanooga 9 1983 16 2009 13.1
Davidson 10 2008 16 1986 13.5
Furman 10 1980 10.0
Georgia Southern 12 1983 15 1992 14.0
Samford 13 2000 14 1999 13.5
Wofford 13 2010 14 2011 13.5
UNC Greensboro 15 1996 16 2001 15.5
Western Carolina 16 1996 16.0
Citadel
Elon
Southland High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Lamar 8 1981 16 2000 11.0
Nicholls St 13 1995 16 1998 14.5
McNeese St 14 2002 16 1989 15.0
Northwestern St 14 2006 16 2001 15.0
Sam Houston St 14 2010 15 2003 14.5
Stephen F. Austin 14 2009 14.0
UT San Antonio 16 2011 15.5
SE Louisiana 15 2005 15.0
Texas St 15 1994 16 1997 15.5
TX A&M-CC 15 2007 15.0
UT Arlington 16 2008 16.0
Central Arkansas
Southwestern Athletic High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Alcorn St 8 1980 16 2002 12.3
Southern 11 1981 16 2006 14.4
Texas Southern 14 1990 16 2003 15.0
Mississippi Valley St 15 1996 16 2008 15.8
Alabama A&M 16 2005 16.0
Alabama St 16 2011 16.0
Jackson St 16 2007 16.0
Prairie View A&M 16 1998 16.0
UA Pine Bluff 16 2010 16.0
Grambling
Summit League High Last Low Last Avg Seed
Oral Roberts 11 1984 16 2006 13.5
North Dakota St 14 2009 14.0
Oakland 13 2011 16 2005 14.3
Southern Utah 14 2001 14.0
IUPU Indianapolis 16 2003 16.0
Centenary
IUPU Fort Wayne
South Dakota St
UM Kansas City
Western Illinois
Sun Belt High Last Low Last Avg Seed
South Alabama 6 1979 14 2006 11.0
Western Kentucky 7 1993 14 2001 10.3
UL Lafayette 8 1983 14 2004 11.4
Middle Tennessee St 11 1982 15 1985 12.8
UL Monroe 11 1982 15 1996 13.9
UA Little Rock 16 2011 14.8
Troy 14 2003 14.0
Arkansas St 15 1999 15.0
Florida Atlantic 15 2002 15.0
North Texas 15 2010 15.0
Florida International 16 1995 16.0
Denver



Listed below are schools that have averaged the top seeds all-time (minimum of 10 tournament appearances).

School Avg Seed
Duke 2.3
North Carolina 2.4
Kansas 3.0
Connecticut 3.3
Kentucky 3.5
Syracuse 3.9
Ohio St 4.0
Cincinnati 4.3
Georgetown 4.5
UCLA 4.6



Arkansas has attained 12 different seed rankings (1-12), which is the most by any school.


Reference: HoopsTournament.net NCAA Tournament Database

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