After the committee assigns seeds, it assigns the top four teams in each region
to a first/second round site that is most geographically compatible to those
teams, regardless of where the team might play in subsequent rounds. For
example, a team from an eastern state that is seeded second in the West region
might play its first- and second-round games at a site in the eastern part of
the country and then play in the West Regional. A Regional is a
tournament within a tournament. The champion of each regional comprises the
- A No. 16 seed has never won a tournament game.
- A No. 8 seed is the highest seed to win a national championship
- A No. 11 seed is the highest seed to advance to the Final Four (LSU,
- No. 1 seeds represent 13 of the 26 national champions between 1979
- The only year that at least one No. 1 seed didn't advance to the
Final Four was 1980.
There are eight sites for the first/second rounds. Teams are placed at these
sites in groups of four, which comprises a pod, and there are two pods at each
site. For each region, there are four pods.
- One pod includes seeds 1, 16, 8, and 9.
- A second pod includes seeds 4, 13, 5, 12.
- The third pod includes seeds 2, 15, 7, 10.
- The fourth pod includes seeds 3, 14, 6, and 11.
Each week, teams play at a different site. The Final Four is played at a new
venue each year, but is usually played in a major metropolitan area.
While it sounds complicated, the NCAA tournament is actually pretty simple.
The tournament keeps subtracting teams until there is only one. That team is the
champion of college basketball.