NCAA Tournament: Every Upset and Every 1-Seed vs. 1-Seed in Championship Game History

Most Outstanding Player Joakim Noah Led The 2005-06 Florida Gators To An Upset Over The UCLA Bruins For The NCAA Championship

Most Outstanding Player Joakim Noah Led The 2005-06 Florida Gators To An Upset Over The UCLA Bruins For The NCAA Championship

Here’s an NCAA Tournament question for you. Which has occurred more often – a Final Game upset or a Final Game that pitted a 1-Seed vs. a 1-Seed?

Surprisingly, there have been more upsets. Only six times since the NCAA Tournament instituted seeding in 1979 have two No. 1 seeds met for the title.

There have been nine upsets, though – the last in 2005-06, when this season’s favorite, the Florida Gators, defeated the UCLA Bruins.

Makes you wonder. Should you really be picking two top seeds in the Final Game? Hmm.

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (NATIONAL FINAL) UPSETS

  SEED WINNER PTS  SEED LOSER PTS  OT  SEASON
1. 3 Florida  73 2 UCLA  57   2005-06
2. 3 Syracuse  81 2 Kansas  78   2002-03
3. 4 Arizona  84 1 Kentucky  79 OT  1996-97
4. 6 Kansas  83 1 Oklahoma  79   1987-88
5. 2 Louisville  72 1 Duke  69   1985-86
6. 8 Villanova  66 1 Georgetown  64   1984-85
7. 6 North Carolina State  54 1 Houston  52   1982-83
8. 3 Indiana  63 2 North Carolina  50   1980-81
9. 2 Michigan State  75 1 Indiana State  64   1978-79

1-SEED VS. 1-SEED CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  SEED WINNER PTS SEED LOSER PTS OT  SEASON
1. 1 Kansas  75 1 Memphis  68 OT  2007-08
2. 1 Florida  84 1 Ohio State  75   2006-07
3. 1 North Carolina  75 1 Illinois  70   2004-05
4. 1 Connecticut  77 1 Duke  74   1998-99
5. 1 North Carolina  77 1 Michigan  71   1992-93
6. 1 North Carolina  63 1 Georgetown  62   1981-82

Photo: Andy Lyons / Getty via 10news.com

Posted on March 19, 2014, in NCAA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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