Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the first round has always been dominated by No. 1 seeds. No 16-seed has ever won in the tournament, but ESPN’s Pablo Torre thinks it is time for that to change.
No. 1 seeds are 120-0 in the first round since 185, but there have been some close calls, the closest being East Tennessee State’s and Princeton’s 1-point losses to Oklahoma and Georgetown in 1989.
Torre appeared on “Around the Horn” today and admitted that he had picked the winner of tonight’s Holy Cross/Southern game to beat Oregon on Friday.
Props to @PabloTorre for being the first pundit to pick "TBD"
— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) March 16, 2016
Pablo Torre is pretty familiar with picking up No. 16 seeds to win in the first round of the Tournament. He has actually done it three times in the past.
- No. 16 Southern over No. 1 Gonzaga in 2013; they lost, 64-58.
- No. 16 Coastal Carolina over No. 1 Virginia in 2014; they lost, 70-59.
- No. 16 Lafayette over No. 1 Villanova in 2015; they lost, 93-52.
It would be embarrassing for the Ducks to lose, especially to Holy Cross as they come into the tournament with a record of 13-19. It hasn’t happened in the 30 years before, but I guess there is a first time for everything.
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