March Madness: Getting to know the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament
*Note: All data is from the 1985 tournament to the present.
The 1989 NCAA tournament marks the first and only time that all four No. 6 seeds fell in the opening round to the No. 11 seeds. Aside from this outlier, the No. 6 teams have a succesful 81-43 record against the No. 11 seeds over the past 31 years.
|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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No. 6 seeds are 1-1 in the national championship game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 with the Kansas Jayhawks winning in 1988 (NC State won in 1983 as No. 6 seed). Kansas avoided upsets from No. 11 Xavier, No. 14 Murray State and No. 7 Vanderbilt in the first three rounds.
Speaking of Xavier, the Musketeers have been involved in the 6-v-11 opening round a grand total of eight times, five times as the No. 6 and three times as the No. 11. Xavier has never won as the No. 11 seed but has a 3-2 record as the sixth-seed. However, the game most associated with Xavier as the No. 6 seed is the double overtime thriller against No. 2 seed Kansas State in 2010 Sweet 16.