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2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket Facts!

Here are some statistics and facts about the NCAA Tournament and March Madness. You can also print the blank 2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket

1. No. 1 seeds reign supreme
No. 1 seeds have won five of the past six championships and 10 of the past 14. In that 14-year span, No. 2 seeds have just one title, while No. 3s have the other three. In fact, only once in the past 24 tournaments has a team seeded worse than third won the championship (fourth-seeded Arizona in 1997).

2. No. 2s have surprisingly few championships
In the 28 years since the field expanded to 64 teams, No. 1 seeds have accounted for 17 titles, but No. 2 and No. 3 seeds have just four each. Connecticut was the last 2-seed to win it all in 2004, so even if you go back to 1979, when seeding began, this eight-year championship drought is the longest for the No. 2s.

3. At least one 2-seed won’t survive the first weekend
You might be surprised to know that only once in the past 16 years have all four No. 2 seeds reached the Sweet 16 (2009). Of course, last year half of the 2-seeds lost their first game, when Missouri fell to Norfolk State and Duke was bounced by Lehigh.

4. No. 3s survive game one, but after that …
In the past six tournaments, only once has a No. 3 seed lost its round of 64 game (2010 Georgetown was blitzed by Ohio 97-83). However, in the past three tournaments, only five of the 12 3-seeds won their second game to reach the Sweet 16.

5. No. 4s struggle to reach title game
Since seeding began in 1979, No. 4 seeds have reached the championship game just twice (winning once), and it happened in consecutive years (1996 Syracuse, 1997 Arizona).