Mike Krzyzewski Says A 16th Seed Can Beat A #1 Seed In NCAA Tournament
Could this be the year that history is made?
Never, since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, has a number one-seeded team been beaten by a 16th seed, but Coach K says this may be the year a team does it.
“A 16 beating a 1 is not out of the question,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview. “It’s so balanced, so balanced … Crazy things like that — crazy because they have not happened before — not so crazy with the chances of it happening. It’s easier to lose now than ever before.”
This has been one of the most volatile NCAA seasons in recent history. There is no clear dominant team and the #1 ranking seems to be a curse. All of this means that we may be in for one of the best NCAA tournaments in recent years, one in which a 16th seed can pull off the ultimate upset.