March Madness: Getting to know the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament
*Note: All data is from the 1985 tournament to the present.
The 1991 Syracuse team learned quickly that there are no easy games as the No. 2 seed. The Orange dropped a 73-69 loss to No. 15 seed Richmond, the first time ever a No. 2 seed was sent home in the opening round
Before the Spiders’ upset, the second seeds didn’t have much trouble defeating the No. 15. From the expansion to 64 teams in 1985 until the Syracuse upset, only four games had been decided by eight points or less.
But the 1991 Orange showed that perhaps beating a No. 2 wasn't nearly improbable as the 1 versus 16 games.
|Know your seed|
|No. 1||No. 9|
|No. 2||No. 10|
|No. 3||No. 11|
|No. 4||No. 12|
|No. 5||No. 13|
|No. 6||No. 14|
|No. 7||No. 15|
|No. 8||No. 16|
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The Blue Devils have the most appearances in the spot with nine. The 2012 loss to Lehigh has been the only setback, although 1997 Duke and 2008 Duke survived Murray State and Belmont respectively by a combined four points.
More two seeds have been knocked out in the second round (38 of the 117 first-round winners) than any other round in the tournament. Four No. 2 seeds have won a national championship: 1986 Louisville, 1991 Duke, 1998 Kentucky and 2004 Connecticut.