March Madness: Getting to know the No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament
*Note: All data is from the 1985 tournament to the present.
In 2014, the Connecticut Huskies became the first and only No. 7 seed to capture a national championship, but the team's historic run came close to ending early in the tournament. It took overtime for the Huskies to get past No. 10 Saint Joseph's in an 89-81 opening-round win.
The Huskies joined the list of No. 7 seed teams that avoided an upset in the opening round. There has been only one tournament in the past 31 years where no No. 7 has made it to the next round (1999). The current streak almost ended in 2010 but Brigham Young survived as the last seventh-seed, beating 10th-seeded Florida by six points.
|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|
In the first year the tournament expanded, all four games were decided by single digits in favor of the teams seeded seventh. Since then, a sweep in the first round has happened only two more times: in 1993 and more recently 2007. During 2015’s tournament, the No. 7 seeds captured three wins, two by single digits and the third in a 31-point blowout by Iowa.
Last year’s tournament saw No. 7 Iowa escape an upset at the hands of Temple thanks to a buzzer-beater in overtime, and No. 7 Wisconsin took down Pittsburgh in the lowest scoring game of last year's tournament, 47-43.
West Virginia has held the No. 7 seed spot more than any other program, with a 3-1 record in the opening round since the tournament expanded in 1985. In its first appearance as a No. 7 seed, the Mountaineers fell to a 10th-seeded Western Kentucky in 1987.
|1987||Western Kentucky||West Virginia||64-62|