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College Basketball: Upsets by the Numbers in the NCAA Tournament

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Duke lost to fifteenth-seeded Lehigh last year (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images).

Duke lost to fifteenth-seeded Lehigh last year (Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images).

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Nothing defines March quite like upsets in the NCAA Tournament. Below are the winning percentages for all the seeds in the early rounds of the NCAA Tournament since 1985.

Round of 64

#1 seed 112-0 #16 seed 0-112
#2 seed 106-6 (94.64%) #15 seed 6-106 (5.36%)
#3 seed 96-16 (85.71%) #14 seed 16-96 (14.29%)
#4 seed 88-24 (78.57%) #13 seed 24-88 (21.43%)
#5 seed 74-38 (66.07%) #12 seed 38-74 (33.93%)
#6 seed 74-38 (66.07%) #11 seed 38-74 (33.93%)
#7 seed 67-45 (59.82%) #10 seed 45-67 (40.18%)
#8 seed 54-58 (48.21%) #9 seed 58-54 (51.79%)

Round of 32

vs. #8 seed #9 seed
#1 seed 44-10 (81.5%)  54-4 (93.1%)
#16 seed - -
vs. #7 seed #9 seed
#2 seed 48-17 (73.9%)  24-17 (58.5%)
#15 seed 0-2  0-4
vs. #6 seed #11 seed
#3 seed 34-27 (55.7%)  23-12  (65.7%)
#14 seed 2-11 (15.4%)  0-3
vs. #5 seed #12 seed
#4 seed 32-28 (53.3%)  17-11    (60.7%)
#13 seed 3-11 (21.4%)  2-8 (20%)
 
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