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This is the Worst Sweet 16 by Average Seeed in March Madness Tournament History

Isaiah De Los Santos
The 2021 NCAA Tournament has lived up to its March Madness nickname, with the Sweet 16 field making history for lowest average seed.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament has lived up to its March Madness nickname, with the Sweet 16 field making history for lowest average seed. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images
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The NCAA Tournament is known as March Madness for a reason, as upsets are around every year of the Big Dance. The 2021 tourney has been no exception, with underdogs taking down top seeds at will in the first two rounds.

With a number of unepected teams still standing, this year's Sweet 16 field has made history.

Lowest Average Sweet 16 Seed

The 2021 NCAA Tournament has the highest average seed (5.88) in history, surpassing the 1986 tourney. That just highlights how many underdogs are still left in the fight.

While three No. 1 seeds (Gonzaga, Michigan, Baylor), two No. 2 seeds (Alabama, Houston), and one No. 3 seed (Houston) remain, there's much more variance in the remaining contenders.

No. 15 seed Oral Roberts is this year's Cinderella, but there's a few double-digit seeds (No. 12 Oregon State, No. 11 Syracuse and UCLA) and mid-level seeds (No. 8 Loyola Chicago, No. 7 Oregon, No. 6 USC) still standing as well.

Gonzaga has the best odds to win the NCAA Tournament this year, and they're a top favorite to make the Final Four, but it's clear there's no chance of predicting how the 2021 men's college basketball championship will shake out.


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