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NCAA Tournament: A Quick Historical Analysis of this Year’s Sweet Sixteen

Posted by Andrew McKillop on March 24, 2011

If history repeats itself Butler could pull off an upset tonight in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.  Listed below is a breakdown of how this year’s Sweet Sixteen seed matchups have historically fared against each other in the Sweet Sixteen since 1985.

Matchup W L W Pct. Margin
1 vs. 4 27 10 0.730 6.84
1 vs. 5 28 6 0.824 7.59
1 vs. 12 17 0 1.000 14.88
2 vs. 3 21 12 0.636 2.27
2 vs. 11 8 1 0.889 6.67
4 vs. 8 2 3 0.400 0.00
10 vs. 11

Note: It looks like #12 seed Richmond will have to pull off a historically monumental upset over #1 seed Kansas to advance to the Elite Eight.

 

Listed below are this year’s Sweet Sixteen conference matchups, and how they have historically fared against each other in the Sweet Sixteen since 1985.

Matchup W L W Pct.
Big Ten vs. Horizon 1 0 1.000
Southeastern vs. Mountain West 1 0 1.000
Atlantic Coast vs. Pacific-10 5 1 0.833
Big Ten vs. Southeastern 3 2 0.600
Big East vs. Atlantic Coast 7 6 0.538
Atlantic 10 vs. Big 12 1 1 0.500
Atlantic Coast vs. Colonial
Big East vs. Mountain West

 

Reference: HoopsTournament.net NCAA Tournament Database

 

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