Since 1985, it has occurred eight times in the NCAA Tournament. It is uncommon for a No.15 seed to defeat a No.2 seed, but when it does, it upsets more than just a basketball club and its fans. Typically, it ends many brackets quickly. Just ask those who predicted Michigan State to advance far in the 2016 tournament.
- The championship favorite Spartans were defeated by No.15 Middle Tennessee.
- Since 1985, the average victory margin in 2 vs.15 games has been little over 17 points per game, including the eight occasions a 15 seed defeated a 2 seed.
- The games are often not competitive, but the smaller players realize they have nothing to lose and everything to gain by participating.
RELATED: NCAA Tournament games at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shuttles, parking, and eating information Thus it was with these Davids, who braved the odds and defeated their Goliaths.2016 – Middle Tennessee State shocks Michigan St., 90-81 This is why it is called craziness.
Middle Tennessee St. of Conference USA was in the postseason for the second time in 25 years and made it clear after 40 minutes that they were not going. The Blue Raiders led the Spartans by six points at the break and never looked back. They shattered the brackets of many who had selected MSU to win the championship.
Syracuse defeated MTSU 75-50 in the second round after MTSU ran out of steam. Florida Gulf Coast defeats Georgetown, 78-68, in 2013. The high-flying Eagles delivered the most recent shock of a No.2 seed in their second year of eligibility for the NCAA Tournament.
- A 21-2 surge in the second half allowed them to pull away from the Hoyas.
- FGCU defeated San Diego State in the second round to go to the Sweet Sixteen.
- San Diego State had defeated Oklahoma in its first game.2012 – Norfolk St.
- Stuns Missouri, 86-84 Omaha was the site of the Spartans’ first appearance in the tournament, and they made quite an impact by defeating the Big 12 champions.
It was the first time in 11 years that a 15 seed defeated a 2 seed, although it wouldn’t be that long until another 15 seed triumphed. Florida defeated Norfolk State in round two. The head coach of the Missouri Tigers was the current head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Frank Haith.2012: Lehigh defeats Duke, 75-70 Lehigh, riding an eight-game winning streak and drawing encouragement from Norfolk State’s upset, defeated tournament favorite Duke in North Carolina.
- It was the first occasion in NCAA tournament history that two 15 seeds won.
- Xavier defeated Lehigh in the second round.2001 – Hampton beats Iowa State, 58-57 The Pirates went from Virginia to Boise, Idaho in order to play Iowa State and its future NBA first-round choices Marcus Fizer and Jamaal Tinsley.
In their inaugural NCAA Tournament, Hampton seemed unfazed by this. They outlasted the Cyclones and defeated the Big 12 regular-season champions. The Pirates’ Cinderella run would conclude with a defeat to Georgetown in the second round. Coppin State defeats South Carolina, 78-65, in 1997.
The score makes it difficult to imagine that Coppin St. was a 30-point underdog. What a letdown for the oddsmakers, huh? It was not only the Eagles’ first NCAA triumph, but also the first conference victory for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Texas defeated Coppin St.82-81 in the second round despite the fact that Coppin St.
nearly pulled off another shock.1993 – Santa Clara shocks Arizona, 64-61 Future NBA superstar Steve Nash scored 10 points as Santa Clara became the second 15 seed to progress to the second round. Arizona had a 13-point lead in the second half, but the West Coast Conference champions rallied to send Arizona home in the first round for the second consecutive season.
- Next, Santa Clara was defeated by Temple, 68-57.
- Richmond defeats Syracuse, 73-69, in 1991.
- Richmond experienced NCAA Tournament victory as a 12 seed in 1984 when it defeated a 5 seed.
- And they did it again in 1988, when, as a No.13 seed, they reached the Sweet Sixteen.
- In 1991, they made history when they defeated Syracuse in the first round to become the first 15 seed to win.
Temple defeated them in the second round, 77-64. Now that you’ve read all that, which of these two seeds do you believe is the most susceptible this season? – Contact us at any time and from anywhere. Our free app is available for Apple, Android, and Kindle devices.
Has a 15th-seeded team won two games?
History of Lower Seeds and Their March Madness Advancement – #9 The furthest a No.9 seed has ever reached is to the Final Four, which happened in 2013 when Wichita State fell to eventual champion and No.1 seed Louisville. #10 The Final Four is the furthest a 10 seed has advanced in the NCAA Tournament.
- It has only occurred once, in 2016, when No.10 Syracuse completed the feat.
- Prior to then, the No.10 seeds had an Elite Eight record of 0-7.
- 11 UCLA in 2021, Loyola-Chicago in 2018, VCU in 2011, George Mason in 2006, and LSU in 1986 are the five 11 seeds that have reached the Final Four.
- The 11 is the highest seed to reach the Final Four as of 2022.
#12 Only two No.12 seeds have made it to the Elite Eight, but they are the highest seeds to do so. Oregon State Beavers in 2021 and Missouri Tigers in 2002. #13 Six No.13 seeds have advanced to the Sweet 16.2013 was the most recent year that La Salle reached this round.
Chattanooga in 1997 and Cleveland State in 1986 are the only No.14 seeds to get to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. #15 In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast became the first No.15 seed to go to the Sweet 16 after winning two playoff games. In 2021, Oral Roberts became the second. In 2022, St. Peter’s, coached by head coach Shaheen Halloway, became the first 15 seed to go to the Elite Eight before losing to eighth-seeded North Carolina.
#16 Everyone maintained that it was only a matter of time until a No.16 seed defeated a No.1 seed. In 2018, it came to pass, when the No.1 overall seed Virginia was eliminated by UMBC. The Cavaliers were defeated by a 20-point margin, which may have been the most surprising aspect (74-54).
How often has a 15 seed advanced to the Elite Eight?
Saint Peter’s defied the odds and became the first team in NCAA history to get to the Elite Eight, proving that March Madness lives up to its moniker. They overcame No.3 Purdue 67-64 in the biggest upset of the current season. Prior to Saint Peter, no number 15 seed has ever advanced to the regional championship round.
How many seeds does a 15 have?
All Expansion – Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s Saints defeated the 6th-seeded Kentucky Wildcats 85-79 in overtime. This loss will undoubtedly go down as one of the most surprising in Kentucky basketball history.
- It’s the first time UK has lost its opening NCAA Tournament game since 2008, when the Cats fell to sixth-seeded Marquette in Billy Gillispie’s first season as head coach.
- And it was only the sixth time in the previous 50 years that Kentucky had lost its tournament opener.
- It was just the sixth occasion since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 when a 15 seed upset a 2 seed.
The 15 seeded entered this year’s March Madness with an all-time record of 9-135 and a 6.25 winning percentage. The past 15 seeds to pull off an upset in the NCAA Tournament are as follows: in 1991, Richmond defeated Syracuse 73-69. ▪ Santa Clara beat Arizona 64-61 in 1993.
- In 1997, Coppin State beat South Carolina 78-65.
- In 2001, Hampton beat Iowa State 58-57.
- In 2012, Lehigh beat Duke 75-70.
- In 2012, Norfolk State beat Missouri 86-84.
- In 2013, Florida Gulf Coast beat Georgetown, 78-68.2016 saw Middle Tennessee upset Michigan State 90-81.
- In 2021, Oral Roberts beat Ohio State 75-72.
Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Oral Roberts in 2012 are the only two 15 seeds to go through the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Saturday, Saint Peter’s will face the winner of Murray State and San Francisco. Now that Kentucky’s season has over, preparations will begin for the 2022-23 campaign.
- This article was first published on March 17, 2022 at 10:26 PM.
- Ben Roberts covers the men’s basketball team at the University of Kentucky for the Lexington Herald-Leader.
- He formerly specialized in recruiting coverage for UK basketball and founded and managed the Next Cats blog.
- He is a native of Franklin County and joined the Herald-Leader in 2006.
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