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A look back on Tech's Tournament seedings

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Tech's been to 2 Final Fours, 4 Elite Eights, and 7 Sweet Sixteens in its 15 tournament runs. Tech sports an overall tournament record of 22-15. The highest seedings we ever received were back to back two seeds from 1985-1986. Here's a quick run down of our seedings and finishes:

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Fans of the program know that the biggest disappointment was the 1993 season. We were a four seed upset by thirteen seed Southern University (SU's greatest tournament win ever). A tournament that's memorable in the worst kind of way.

Tech's lowest seedings ever have been the two most recent tournaments as a 10 seed (2007 & 2010). I took the liberty of graphing Tech's seeding compared to its finish in the tournament over the past 15 berths to the NCAA tournament. You should see a nice little trend following the idea that the higher the seed, the more we should expect from our tournament run.

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Based on previous seedings, we exceeded expectations in 3 seasons, failed to meet expectations in 9 seasons, and met expectations in 3 seasons. So goes the nature of the tournament. As a 10 seed, we are in the 38.5% percentile range (the dumb kid range of the ITBS). Based on Tech's history (which is a very small domain), we shouldn't expect to get out of the first round. A win against OK State would be a victory based purely on Tech's historical seeding performance.