March Madness: Getting to know the No. 14 seed in the NCAA tournament
*Note: All data is from the 1985 tournament to the present.
For 17 of the 31 years since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams, at least one No. 14 seed has triumphed over a No. 3 seed. Last year, that No. 14 seed was Stephen F. Austin, thanks to Thomas Walkup, who hit 19-of-20 free throws and ended with 33 points as the Lumberjacks took down West Virginia 70-56.
The No. 14 seed's first-round record is still well below average (21-107), but the likelihood of a upset is still higher than a 15 or 16 seed winning an opening-round match.
Only two of 14 seeds have ever advanced past the second round, and college basketball fans were treated to a big Cinderella story in 1986 when Cleveland State upset Indiana, 83-79, in the first round and then Saint Joseph's in the second round 75-69.
Cleveland State’s run in 1986 was special, but Chattanooga’s race to the Sweet 16 in 1997 was a bit more exciting. The Mocs pulled out a three-point win over third-seeded Georgia in the first round, 73-70. With the momentum in the second round, Chattanooga stormed past Illinois in the second round and into the Sweet 16, but lost to 10th-seeded Providence by six points.
Know your seed
The biggest upset in a 14 vs. 3 game — 14 points — is tied between SFA's win last year, and when Ohio topped Georgetown 97-83 in 2010. Armon Bassett scored 32 points for the Bobcats and DJ Cooper added 23 to shock the Hoyas.
The 14 seed has also come on strong in the last four years, where five of 16 matchups have gone to the lower-seeded team.