How 2 Seeds do in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

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How 2 Seeds do in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Author: Devin Erickson-Sheehy | Last Updated: February 6, 2024

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2 seeds at the NCAA Tournament represent an elite group that sometimes flies under the radar.

While 1 seeds have dominated historically, winning the vast majority of March Madness brackets, 2 seeds have held their own and are a consistent threat to make a deep run.

The NCAA Men's Tournament was expanded to 64 in 1985. Since that time, here's how 2 seeds have done relative to the other top four seeds.

SeedNCAAM TitlesOverall Percentage of Tournaments
12465%
2514%
3411%
413%

While 2 seeds at March Madness have not been nearly as successful as 1 seeds, they have still captured 5 National Titles.

  • Villanova (2016)
  • Connecticut (2004)
  • Kentucky (1998)
  • Duke (1991)
  • Louisville (1986)

2 seeds have been well represented at the Final Four, with 30 teams getting through to the Tournament's final weekend. However, they haven't performed particularly well at this juncture, with only 12 appearances in the National Championship game, and of course, they have only cut down the nets in 5 of those contests.

When filling out your March Madness brackets, keeping the tournament success 2 seeds have had in mind is helpful, however, remember that historically they have struggled to lift the trophy when it's all said and done.

Devin Erickson-Sheehy

Devin is a diehard New York sports fan and betting expert. He supplies a wealth of knowledge about everything online gambling, providing readers with up-to-date tracking on the latest trends, industry news, and betting offers.