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The 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament came close to having all of the top 4 seeds in each region make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Only 2 teams lower than a 4-seed made it to the Sweet Sixteen - Auburn (5-seed) and Oregon (12-seed).

Was there ever a Sweet Sixteen that had all 4 top seeds from each region, or one that came closer than the 2019 season?

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No. 2009 was as close as 2019 in which two four seeds were joined by a 5-seed and a 12-seed in the Sweet 16.

For just the second time ever, the top three seeds in every single region advanced to the Sweet 16, and they were joined by two other No. 4 seeds. Only Oregon (No. 12 in the South) and Auburn (No. 5 in the Midwest) prevented the entire first weekend from going chalk.

Seeds were first introduced to the NCAA tournament in 1979, and the field expanded to 64 in 1985. Since then, 2009 is the only other year that the top three seeds in every region advanced. That year also featured the lowest seed total – the sum of the remaining seeds in the tournament – at 49.

  • Nice info about the seed total. And this is the first time I've heard the term chalk. – pacoverflow Mar 25 at 17:49

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