Final Four Appearances By Seed

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Kansas won the 2022 national championship as a No. 1 seed.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Mar 26, 2023, 7:33 PM

Unsurprisingly, No. 1 seeds account for the largest percentage of Final Four teams of all NCAA Tournament teams. It’s a mostly linear path down from No. 1 seeds, with two notable exceptions.

No. 8 seeds make the Final Four at twice the rate of No. 6 or No. 7 seeds. This is most likely because No. 8 seeds have the chance to eliminate No. 1 seeds on a fast turnaround in Week 1, then assume the advantageous path that was originally laid out for the No. 1 seed. 

No. 11 seeds – a popular seed line for historical Cinderellas – have made more Final Fours than the combined achievements of all teams seeded No. 9 through No. 16. 

Approximately 40% of all Final Four teams have been No. 1 seeds since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 144 teams in 1985.

Final Four Appearances By Seed

SeedFinal Four AppearancesChampions
16024
2325
3174
4141
590
631
731
861
920
1010
1150
1200
1300
1400
1500
1600

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