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
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