Farthest a 10-Seed Has Gone in March Madness

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In 2016, Syracuse became the only No. 10 seed to ever advance to the NCAA Tournament Final Four.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Feb 27, 2023, 10:10 PM

A No. 10 seed has reached the Final Four just once in the history of the NCAA Tournament: Syracuse in 2016.

In 2016, Syracuse lost in the first round of the ACC Tournament as the No. 9 seed, finalizing its pre-tournament record at 19-13 (9-9). It wasn’t a team anyone expected much out of. 

But unsurprisingly, the Orange 2-3 zone proved to once again be the great tournament equalizer. No. 10 Syracuse rattled off wins against No. 7 seed Dayton, No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee, No. 11 seed Gonzaga and No. 1 Virginia.

Syracuse ultimately lost in the national semifinals to North Carolina. 

Prior to 2016, No. 10 seeds had gone 0-7 in the Elite Eight. 


High Water Marks for other NCAA Tournament seeds: No. 11 Seed | No. 12 Seed | No. 13 Seed | No. 14 Seed | No. 15 Seed | No. 16 Seed

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