A closer look at the No. 3 seed

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Florida fans are familiar with how long a run a No. 3 seed can make in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2006, as a No. 3 seed, the Gators cut down the nets in Indianapolis, winning six straight to earn the first of their back-to-back national titles.

Here’s a look at how No. 3 seeds have fared in the NCAA Tournament since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, courtesy of the Washington Post:

vs. No. 14 seed  — 81-15 (.844)

Round of 32 –48-33 (.593)

Sweet 16 — 23-25 (.479)

Elite Eight — 12-11 (.522)

Final Four — 8-4 (.667)

National Title Game — 3-5 (.375)

National title winners as No. 3 seeds — Florida (2006), Syracuse (2003), Michigan (1989).

 

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  1. Now give us a breakdown of what seeds the #3 has played in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8. I recall in ’06 the Gators got a big time break because they did not play the #1 seed nor maybe even the #2 seed in their regional bracket. What is odd (it seems) are the familiar faces from the past they possibly could meet again…UCLA, VCU, Georgetown.