# Is a #1 seed really more preferable than a 2 seed?

With so many impactful games going on this weekend in college hoops, it got me wondering about the race for the #1 seed, and how matchup wise it compares to other seeds in the NCAA tournament. Considering the current lay of the land after today's results, Michigan is likely the top 2 seed. Here are some interesting facts about the last 10 NCAA tournaments:

Traditional path of the 2 seed:

3 seeds advance to the sweet sixteen 55% of the time

7 seeds advance to the second round 60% of the time

Average seed of sweet sixteen opponent: 5.725

Traditional path of the 1 seed:

4 or 5 seeds advance to the sweet sixteen 85% of the time

Second Round matchups must include either an 8 or 9 seed

Average seed of sweet sixteen opponent: 5.525

Since top seeds are most advantageous for matchups from rounds 1-3, do you think it's more advantageous to be a 1 seed or 2 seed? The best argument for the 2 seed seems to be that 3 seeds only make the sweet sixteen 55% of the time.

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