March Madness: Getting to know the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament
*Note: All data is from the 1985 tournament to the present.
|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|
The number of highly contested games between the No. 4 and No. 13 seeds have grown. Although the top seed has a .798 winning percentage, the average margin has only been nine or so points in favor of the fourth-seeded teams. Additionally in the past 16 years, all four-seeds have moved out of the first round just five times.
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La Salle, Oklahoma, San Diego State and Xavier have the distinction of being the only four programs to play in the opening 4-v-13 game as both seeds. The Musketeers and Explorers both have won as a No. 4 and a No. 13 seed, while the Sooners have two victories as each under their belt.
|School||Year as No. 4||Year as No. 13|
|La Salle||1990||1988, 1992, 2013,|
|Oklahoma||1986, 1992, 1995, 2001||1999|
|San Diego State||1985, 2002||2014|
Louisville owns the most appearances as a No. 4 seed, four more than any other program. The Cardinals maintain an 8-1 first-round record, with the lone loss in a 2011 thriller to Murray State. Two of Louisville's wins were by 19 points and 22 points but the rest were decided by single-digits including a two-point win over UC Irvine in 2015.