Seeds of Discontent (history of seeded teams sent on the road)

SEEDS OF DISCONTENT – Since 2001, there now have been 29 seeded teams that have been sent on the road for the first weekend of the NCAAs, including Central Florida, Florida and Virginia Tech this season (note that the ’01 and ’02 NCAA fields only seeded eight teams, while 16 have been seeded since '03). Of the 26 seeded teams sent on the road from 2001-08, four were knocked out in the first round and five more failed to advance past the second round – meaning that roughly one-third of the seeded teams sent on the road were eliminated before the round-of-16 (35%; 9-of-26). By comparison, from 2001-08 there were 66 seeded teams that opened the NCAAs at home and only 21% of them (18; or 1-in-5) failed to advance to the round-of-16.


Of course, several seeded teams have overcome the challenge of opening on the road and gone on to post multiple wins, most notably four that went on to win the national title that season (Santa Clara in 2001, Portland in ’02 and ’05, and USC in ’07). Seven others ended up losing in the round-of-16, five saw their seasons end in the quarterfinals and one (UCLA, in ’05) suffered its final loss in the College Cup semifinals.


Here's the breakdowns of how seeded first-weekend road teams have fared in the NCAAs (from 2001-08):

• 4 national champions (Santa Clara ’01, Portland ’02 and ’05, USC ’07)
• 1 semifinalist (UCLA  ’05)
• 5 quarterfinalists (Kansas ’03, Washington ’04, Portland ’06 and ’07, Florida State '08)
• 7 rd-of-16 (Pepperdine ’02 & ’05, Cal ’05, Texas ’06, Florida ’06, Illinois ’06, USC '08)
• 5 second round (Duke ’03 and ’05, Oklahoma St. ’06, Wake Forest ’07, Oklahoma St. '08)
• 4 first round (Colorado ’03, Arizona ’04, BYU ’05, Colorado ’07)


Seeded Teams Sent on the Road for First Weekend
(#1-16 seeds from ’03-’08; #1-8 seeds for ’01-’02 ... seeds were 1-8 in 2001-02 and 1-16 in ‘03-’04, while the ‘05-’08 NCAAs featured four #1 seeds, four #2, four #3, four #4)

(Seed, Team ... site, first-weekend results ... finished)

2008 (2-of-4 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Notre Dame (quarters)
(4 seed/13-16) Colorado ... at Minnesota, lost to South Dakota State (1st round)
(4 seed/13-16) USC ... at BYU, advanced ... lost to UCLA (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Rutgers, elim. by Rutgers (PKs; 2nd round)

2007 (2-of-3 advanced)
(2 seed/5-8) Portland ... at Denver, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(2 seed /5-8) USC ... at Missouri, advanced ... won national title
(4 seed/13-16) Wake Forest ... at Boston College, lost to Connecticut (2nd round)

2006 (4-of-5 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Texas ... at Connecticut, advanced ... lost to Portland (round-of-16)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Utah, advanced ... lost to UCLA (quarterfinals)
(3 seed/9-12) Florida ... at Marquette, advanced .. .lost at UCLA (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Illinois ... at St. Louis, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) Oklahoma St. ... at Clemson, elim. by Clemson (PKs; 2nd round)

2005 (4-of-6 advanced)
(1 seed/1-4) Portland ... at Nebraska, advanced ... won national title
(2 seed/5-8) Florida State ... at Florida, advanced ... lost to UCLA (semifinals)
(3 seed/9-12) California ... at Texas, advanced ... lost at Florida St. (round-of-16)
(3 seed/9-12) Duke ... at Yale, lost to Yale (2nd round)
(4 seed/13-16) Pepperdine ... at Vanderbilt, advanced ... lost at North Carolina (rd-of-16)
(4 seed/13-16) BYU ... at Utah, elim. by Weber St. (PKs; 1st round)

2004 (1-of-2 advanced)
(13 seed) Arizona ... at Connecticut, lost to Colgate (1st round)
(15 seed) Washington ... at Auburn, advanced ... lost at Princeton (quarterfinals)

2003 (1-of-3 advanced)
(10 seed) Colorado ... at Utah, lost to BYU (1st round)
(12 seed) Duke ... at Texas A&M, lost to A&M (2nd round)
(13 seed) Kansas ... at Missouri, advanced ... lost at UCLA (quarterfinals)

2002 (2-of-2 advanced)
(3 seed) Pepperdine ... at Marquette, advanced ... lost to Michigan (round-of-16)
(8 seed) Portland ... at BYU, advanced ... won national title

2001 (advanced)
(2 seed) Santa Clara ... at Illinois, advanced ... won national title


Other Seeded Teams That Have Failed To Reach NCAA Round of 16
(played at home first weekend)

2008
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to James Madison, 0-1
(4 seed/13-16) – Missouri ... second-round eliminated by Illinois, 1-1 (PKs)

2007
(2 seed/5-8) – Purdue ... second-round elim. by Indiana, 0-0 (PKs)
(2 seed/5-8) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Texas, 2-3
(3 seed/9-12) – Georgia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-1

2006
(1 seed/1-4) – Santa Clara ... first-round loss to California, 0-1
(3 seed/9-12) – Wake Forest ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-2
(3 seed/9-12) – Rutgers ... second-round elim.by Boston College, 0-0 (PKs)

2005
(3 seed/9-12) – Connecticut ... first-round loss to Boston Univ., 0-1

2004
(2 seed) – Penn State ... second-round loss to Maryland, 0-1
(3 seed) – Virginia ... second-round loss to Duke, 0-3
(8 seed) – Kansas ... second-round loss to Nebraska, 1-2 (OT)
(9 seed) – Texas A&M ... second-round loss to Illinois, 1-2
(10 seed) – Florida ... first-round loss to Central Florida, 2-3

2003
(2 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Michigan, 0-1
(7 seed) – Virginia ... second-round eliminated by Villanova, 0-0 (PKs)
(15 seed) – Boston College ... first-round loss to Central Conn., 0-1
(16 seed) – Illinois ... first-round loss to William & Mary, 0-2

2002
(5 seed) – West Virginia ... second-round loss to Virginia, 0-1

2001
(7 seed) – Notre Dame ... second-round loss to Cincinnati, 2-3


Top-16 seeds that have failed to reach the NCAA round-of-16 
(since 2001; 8 seeds until 2003, then 16)

1-4 seeds – 4 teams (Notre Dame in ’03, Penn State and Virginia in ’04, Santa Clara in ’06)
5-8 seeds – 6 teams (Notre Dame in ’01, West Virginia in ’02, Virginia in ’03, Kansas in ’04, Purdue and Texas A&M in ’07)
9-12 seeds – 9 teams (Colorado and Duke in ’03, Florida and Texas A&M in ’04, UConn and Duke in ’05, Rutgers and Wake Forest in ’06, Georgia in ’07, Wake Forest in ‘08)
13-16 seeds – 7 teams (Boston College and Illinois in ’03, Arizona in ’04, BYU in ’05, Oklahoma State in ’06, Wake Forest in ’07, Colorado, Missouri and Oklahoma State in ‘08)

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