UConn becomes eighth No. 7 seed to reach the Elite Eight

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

The Huskies are no strangers to deep runs in March. (USATSI)

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NEW YORK -- Every few years, UConn makes that patented deep run into the NCAA Tournament.

Was this expected? Not by any means, but here are the Huskies, in Kevin Ollie's first tournament with the team, going to the regional final on Sunday. It's the program's 11th trip to the Final Four's doorstep.

In beating No. 3 Iowa State 81-76 Friday night at Madison Square Garden, UConn became the eighth team in modern tournament history to reach the Elite Eight. The NCAA began seeding teams in 1979. In 1985, it expanded the field from 48 to 64 teams.

No No. 7 seed has ever reached the Final Four in the 64-plus-team era. Seven seeds are 0-4 against No. 1s, 0-2 against No. 4s and 0-1 against No. 8s. Here's the history:

1984: No. 7 Virginia 50-48 over No. 4 Indiana
1985: No. 1 Duke 71-50 over No. 7 Navy
1993: No. 1 Michigan 77-72 over No. 7 Temple
2000: No. 8 UNC 59-55 over No. 7 Tulsa
2003: No. 1 Texas 85-76 over MSU
2004: No. 1 Duke 66-63 over No. 7 Xavier
2005: No. 4 Louisville 93-85 (OT) over No. 7 West Virginia
2012: No. 4 Louisville 72-68 over No. 7 Florida

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