What’s the Lowest Seed to Make the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament?

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FILE - In this March 15, 2018, file photo, Loyola-Chicago guard Donte Ingram (0) and Marques Townes, right, celebrate their 64-62 win over Miami in a first-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Dallas. Their run to the Final Four as an 11 seed never seemed short of drama.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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Five 11-seeds have reached the Final Four: LSU (1986), George Mason (2006), VCU (2011), Loyola Chicago (2018), and UCLA (2021).

Several teams seeded worse than 11 have come within one win of reaching the Final Four. Most recently, 15-seed Saint Peter’s reached the Elite Eight in 2022, becoming the first-ever 15-seed to reach the regional final. The Peacocks’ first win of the tourney – over Kentucky in the first round – was the fourth-biggest upset in March Madness history.

None of the five 11-seeds in the Final Four reached the national championship. An 8-seed is the lowest seed to win the national championship (and to appear in the national championship).

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