The Ones Have Had It

Since 1989, a No. 1 seed has faced a lower seed in the NCAA Championship Game 11 times and came away with 10 wins. However, that lone loss by a top seed was Kentucky in 1997, well they fell to fourth-seeded Arizona.

Here is how No. 1 seeds have fared in title games against lower seeds (six games have featured two No. 1s):

Year No. 1 Seed Opponent    Sd.   Result
1979 Indiana St. Michigan St, 2 L   64-75
1983 Houston North Carolina St.    6 L   52-54
1984 Georgetown Houston 2 W 84-75
1985 Georgetown Villanova 8 L   64-66
1986 Duke Louisville 2 L   69-72
1987 Indiana Syracuse 2 W 74-73
1988 Oklahoma Kansas 6 L   79-83
1990 UNLV Duke 3 W 103-73
1992 Duke Michigan 6 W   71-51
1994 Arkansas Duke 2 W   76-72
1995 UCLA Arkansas 2 W   89-78
1996 Kentucky Syracuse 4 W   76-67
1997 Kentucky Arizona 4 L   79-84 (ot) 
2000 Michigan St. Florida 5 W   89-76
2001 Duke Arizona 2 W   82-72
2002 Maryland Indiana 5 W   64-52
2009   North Carolina   Michigan St. 2 W   89-72
2010 Duke Butler 5 W   61-59
2012 Kentucky Kansas 2

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