History shows No. 8 seeds fare well in the Elite Eight

History shows No. 8 seeds fare well in the Elite Eight

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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Kentucky was the preseason No. 1 team according to many back in the fall. But the 2013-14 Wildcats campaign was fairly erratic, and Kentucky earned its No. 8 seed after failing to mount momentum through the second half of the season.

As it were, this has put the Wildcats into an interesting spot as a very talented team that happened to be slotted with an unusual seed. Now that they are living up to the hype, they are wreaking havoc on the Midwest region.

UK is positioned to earn a victory over No. 2 Michigan on Sunday, should it continue to play the way it has over most of the past three weeks. And history shows that No. 8 seeds have an above-.500 record in Elite Eight, dating back to when the tourney started seeding teams in 1979.

This is ironic, given No. 7 seeds are 1-7 in regional finals.

Here's what the No. 8s have done in the Elite Eight.

The wins

1985: No. 8 Villanova 56-44 over No. 2 North Carolina
2000: No. 8 North Carolina 59-55 over No. 7 Tulsa
2000: No. 8 Wisconsin 64-60 over No. 6 Purdue
2011: No. 8 Butler 74-71 (OT) over No. 2 Florida

The losses

1986: No. 2 Louisville 84-76 over No. 8 Auburn
1998: No. 3 Stanford 79-77 over No. 8 Rhode Island
2004: No. 2 UConn 87-71 over No. 8 Alabama

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