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 .797 winning percentage, the average margin has only been 9.4 points in favor of the fourth-seeded teams. Additionally in the past 17 years, all four-seeds have moved out of the first round just five times.
Last year was a slow one for the No. 4-seed. California lost to No. 13 Hawaii in the opening round, Kentucky was knocked out by No. 5 Indiana in the Round of 32, and while Duke and Iowa State made it to the Sweet 16, both lost by double digits there.
Louisville owns the most appearances as a No. 4 seed. 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.