Perhaps the greatest aspect of March Madness is the improbable upset. Here are a few examples for you to investigate from within BracketMaster.
- The 1953 Lebanon Valley College Flying Dutchman reached the Sweet Sixteen. They are the smallest school by enrollment (425 students) to ever advance that far. LVC currently competes in Division III and were the 1994 Division III Men’s Basketball Champions.
- Williams College is another very small school (current enrollment: 2,100) that appeared in the NCAA Tournament just one time. The 1955 Ephs lost in the first round, but have since established themselves as a fine athletics program, winning the 2003 Division III Men’s Basketball Championship.
- A #11 Seed is the lowest seed to ever reach the Final Four, and it has happened four times:
- Still fresh in our memory, last year’s Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers advanced out of a busted-bracket South Region to earn their trip to San Antonio.
- The 2011 Virginia Commonwealth Rams upset #1 seed Kansas to reach the Final Four in Houston.
- The 2006 George Mason Patriots downed #1 Connecticut to emerge from the East Region.
- The 1986 LSU Tigers are the only #11 seed to have beaten their region’s #1, #2, and #3 seeds in the same tournament.