Data and predictions related to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket
Usually, and by usually, I mean 71% of the time, at least one 13-seed advances to the Second Round , so it’s a decent bet that we’ll see a 13-seed advance this year . 2018’s tournament was only the third time in the last 32 years two 13’s advanced in the same tournament. It’s a dangerous upset pick, though, because 4-seeds reach the Final Four almost as often as 3-seeds. You’ll potentially murder your bracket if you pick the wrong 4-seed to lose in the first round!
While we know we should pick a 13-seed to win in the First Round, should we consider advancing them to the Sweet 16? Well, it’s happened five times in the past 22 years, but not since 2013.
Analysis and observations about 13-seeds in the NCAA Basketball Tournament