03/22/2004

Using the RPI’s from CollegeRPI.com, the lowest RPI remaining is Xavier at # 35.  That is the first time that all Sweet Sixteen teams have been ranked in the top 35 in RPI since 1995.

Teams with a higher RPI are 38-10 in the first two rounds.  That is the most wins by a higher RPI team in the first two rounds since 1995:

Year

Wins

Losses

1994

35

13

1995

40

8

1996

35

13

1997

35

13

1998

31

17

1999

32

16

2000

32

16

2001

34

14

2002

32

16

2003

35

13

2004

38

10

The team with the higher seed is 37-11 in the first two rounds.  That is the most wins by a higher seeded team in the first two rounds since 1995.

Year

Wins

Losses

1994

34

14

1995

38

10

1996

36

12

1997

35

13

1998

34

14

1999

29

19

2000

36

12

2001

32

16

2002

36

12

2003

34

14

2004

37

11

This is the 8th consecutive year that a #10 seed has been in the Sweet Sixteen.  In Eight Years, there have been 12 #10 seeds advance to the Sweet Sixteen.  In the 18 years before that only 8 #10 seeds advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Here is a list of #10 Seeds in the Sweet Sixteen all time:

Year

Team

1979

St. John's, New York

1980

Lamar

1983

Utah

1984

Dayton

1987

Louisiana State

1990

Texas

1991

Temple

1994

Maryland

1997

Providence

1997

Texas

1998

West Virginia

1999

Gonzaga

1999

Miami, Ohio

1999

Purdue

2000

Gonzaga

2000

Seton Hall

2001

Georgetown

2002

Kent

2003

Auburn

2004

Nevada

Here is a summary of Sweet Sixteens by Seed since 1997.

Year

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

1997

4

2

0

3

1

3

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

1998

3

3

2

2

1

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

1

0

1999

4

1

2

1

1

2

0

0

0

3

0

1

1

0

2000

2

1

1

3

1

3

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

2001

4

2

2

2

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

2002

3

3

2

2

1

1

0

1

0

1

1

1

0

0

2003

4

2

3

0

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

2004

2

2

3

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

Total

26

16

15

15

11

13

4

5

1

12

3

4

2

1