*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.

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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
Nearly 64 percent of the 6-v-11 games have been decided by 10 points or less. The sixth-seeded teams also have swept the opening round just five times since the tournament moved to 64 team format (1987, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2004). Over the past six tournaments, the playing field has been evened up as the sixth-seeded teams have split the games 12-12 with the bottom seeds.

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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.