March Madness: Getting to know the No. 5 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|
No program has seen greater success as a No. 5 seed than Michigan State. The Spartans have never lost to a No. 12 seed in the opening round and have advanced to a pair of Sweet 16s and Final Fours in six appearances as the No. 5 seed.
|1991||Michigan State||Green Bay||60-58|
|1992||Michigan State||Missouri State||61-54|
|2005||Michigan State||Old Dominion||89-81|
|2010||Michigan State||New Mexico State||70-67|
Michigan State's most memorable run occurred during the 2010 tournament. The Spartans squeaked past No. 12 New Mexico State before needing a buzzer-beater to defeat No. 4 Maryland in the second round. Eventually, the run concluded with a two-point loss to Butler in the Final Four.
Conversely, Virginia hasn't had much luck with its 1-3 record against No. 12 seeds. Two of its losses came in back-to-back tournaments in 1986 and 1987. The Cavaliers however did advance to the Elite Eight as the No. 5 seed after escaping Providence in the first round.
The No. 5 seeds still win over 60 percent of the time with an 82-46 record versus 12 seeds, but the margin of victory is minimal at only 4.5 points.
Last year, both Maryland and Indiana made it to the Sweet Sixteen before being knocked out, while Baylor and Purdue suffered first-round losses to Yale and Little Rock, respectively.
However, if the No. 5 seed can get past the first round, they've been able to advance as far as the tournament final, where three teams have reached the championship but failed to win.