Since the NCAA Tournament began seeding teams in 1979, there have been four Final Fours without a No. 1 seed: 1980, 2006, 2011, and 2023.
The 2023 tournament is the first in which all four No. 1 seeds failed to reach the Elite Eight.
1980 Final Four
The 48-team 1980 NCAA Tournament ended with the Final Four at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis.
- No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 2 Louisville
- No. 6 Purdue vs. 8 UCLA
Louisville beat UCLA in the title game. Had the Bruins won, they would’ve been the lowest seed to win the national championship.
2006 Final Four
The 65-team 2006 tournament ended with the Final Four at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
- No. 4 LSU vs. No. 2 UCLA
- No. 3 Florida vs. No. 11 George Mason
George Mason became the second 11-seed in Final Four history (1986 LSU), which is still the lowest seed to make the Final Four. Three more teams have since joined the Tigers and Patriots: VCU (2011), Loyola Chicago (2018), and UCLA (2021).
2011 Final Four
The 68-team 2011 tournament ended with the Final Four at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
- No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UConn
- No. 11 VCU vs. No. 8 Butler
A No. 8 seed was once again denied in its attempt to join Villanova as the lowest-seeded national champions.
2023 Final Four
The 2023 Final Four in Houston won’t feature a No. 1 seed after all four 1-seeds lost before the Elite Eight:
- First Round: Fairleigh Dickinson over Purdue
- Second Round: Arkansas over Kansas
- Sweet 16: San Diego State over Alabama
- Sweet 16: Miami (FL) over Houston
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