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Be The Last 1 Seed To Lose

I wanted to do this before the tournament began but life got in the way so I'm doing it now. Anyways, when Louisville got a 1 seed two weekends ago I thought to myself "Man it must suck to be the first 1 seed to lose in the tournament." Seriously, raise your hand if you didn't think it would have been Gonzaga this year. Then I thought about it the other way. I wonder what the results are when you're the last 1 seed to lose. How far in the tournament do you go? Obviously this year the main goal isn't to be the last 1 seed to survive but to be the last team to survive the tournament and being a 1 seed gives us a great chance at doing that. So I looked back before the days of my existence and tracked every last 1 seed to lose in the modern era of the tournament (1985) until last year. What does it mean to be the last 1 seed to survive? Here are the results.

  • 1985 - Georgetown (National Runner-up)
  • 1986 - Duke (National Runner-up) FUCK YEAH!
  • 1987 - Indiana (National Champion)
  • 1988 - Oklahoma (National Runner-up)
  • 1989 - Illinois (Final Four)
  • 1990 - UNLV (National Champion)
  • 1991 - UNLV, North Carolina (Final Four)
  • 1992 - Duke (National Champion)
  • 1993 - North Carolina (National Champion)
  • 1994 - Arkansas (National Champion)
  • 1995 - UCLA (National Champion)
  • 1996 - Kentucky (National Champion) BOOOOOOOO!
  • 1997 - Kentucky (National Runner-up) Heh.
  • 1998 - North Carolina (Final Four)
  • 1999 - UCONN (National Champion)
  • 2000 - Michigan State (National Champion) The other teams in the Final Four were a 5 seed and two 8 seeds.
  • 2001 - Duke (National Champion)
  • 2002 - Maryland (National Champion)
  • 2003 - Texas (Final Four)
  • 2004 - Duke (Final Four)
  • 2005 - North Carolina (National Champion)
  • 2006 - Villanova, UCONN, Memphis (Elite Eight) March Madness!
  • 2007 - Florida (National Champion)
  • 2008 - Kansas (Naitonal Champion) The year all 1 seeds made the Final Four.
  • 2009 - North Carolina (National Champion)
  • 2010 - Duke (National Champion)
  • 2011 - Kansas (Elite Eight) March Madness! (Again)
  • 2012 - Kentucky (National Champion) BOOOOOOOO! (Again)

Let's break down the results for a second. The last 1 seed in the tournament has never finished worse than the Elite Eight. 27 out of 29 times (93.1%) they've been in the Final Four. 21 out of 29 times (72.4%) they've been in the National Championship game. Finally they've won it all 17 out of 29 times (58.6%). What does this mean this year? Absolutely jack. But it does mean history is on our side that if we survive until we are the last 1 seed left that we will be in prime position to win it all. And that is what we all want this year, isn't it? Now that Indiana has gone down tonight, only us and Kansas remain. Who will survive longer? I like our chances. Go Cards!

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