Worst Record to Make the NCAA Tournament

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Texas Southern won the SWAC yet again and qualified for the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Mar 12, 2023, 10:27 AM

The worst record to ever make the NCAA Tournament is 11-18. Three different teams have made it to March Madness with this record over the years. 

The first to do it was Florida International, who won the Atlantic Sun tournament in 1995 as the No. 8 seed in a conference tournament that only had eight teams in it. 

UCF repeated a similar feat the following year, winning the A-SUN tournament title as the No. 6 seed. It, too, had an 11-18 record.

The next year, in 1997, Fairfield won the MAAC with the same 11-18 record.

Texas Southern’s run to the SWAC championship in 2023 puts the Tigers in rare air. Since the NCAA Tournament expanded in the 1980s, only a handful of teams have ever made the NCAA Tournament with 14 wins or fewer.

However, as winning percentages go, Texas Southern doesn’t quite have the worst-ever record.

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