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2013 NCAA Tournament: Top 10 No. 15 Seeds of All Time

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2013 NCAA Tournament: Top 10 No. 15 Seeds of All Time

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When people think of the best sporting events, the NCAA Tournament ranks up there with the Super Bowl and the World Series. In 1985, the NCAA decided to enlarge the field of teams to 64. In the first year of having 64 teams, two No. 11 seeds won their games against No. 6 seeds. In addition, a No. 12 seed beat a No. 5 seed in the second round. One No. 13 seed advanced to the second round in 1985 as well. In the following year, a No. 14 seed advanced to the second round. Five years later in 1991, a No. 15 seed beat a No. 2 seed. After this took place, there started being more intriguing match-ups between No. 15 seeds and No. 2 seeds. The fact that No. 15 seeds have advanced in the NCAA Tournament gives hope to No. 16 seeds. A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, there have been several instances where a No. 16 seed came close to accomplishing this feat.

This slideshow will pay homage to the top 10 No. 15 seeds of all-time. A few of the teams on this list did not win their games. They made the list due to the effort that they gave in their NCAA Tournament games. They either came very close to winning or they were winning by a considerable amount of points which ended up dwindling away. Here are the top No. 15 seeds of all time.

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No. 10 - Belmont Bruins

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Belmont came very close to defeating the No.2 Duke Blue Devils in 2008. However, they lost, 71-70, after Justin Hare's buzzer-beater came up short. The sad thing about this game was that Duke celebrated as if they had just won the national championship.

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No. 9 - Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders

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Texas A&M Corpus Christi came close to making history in 2007. They had the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers by 18 points. However, Wisconsin overcame this deficit and won 76-63.

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No. 8 - Winthrop Eagles

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In 2006, despite Winthrop losing to the No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers, 63-61, it was a buzzer-beater that sealed their fate. Winthrop was the underdog, no doubt. They literally fought til the end.

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No. 7 - Richmond Spiders

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1991 was the first year that a No. 15 seed defeated a No. 2 seed. This match-up consisted of No. 15 Richmond Spiders and the No. 2 Syracuse Orangemen. Richmond won a close game, 73-69. Although Richmond has not been relevant since this victory, they are still in the record books for being the first bracket buster as a No. 15 seed.

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No. 6 - Coppin State Eagles

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In 1997, Coppin State defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 78-65. South Carolina has not had a team ranked this high in the tournament since.

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No. 5 - Hampton Pirates

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In 2001, Hampton edged out a narrow victory against the No. 2 Iowa State Cyclones, 58-57. Although this was a shock to everyone on the entire planet Earth, Hampton shocked the world again in the following season by defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at the Dean Dome, 77-68. In this instance, you can say that lightning struck twice.

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No. 4 - Santa Clara Broncos

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In 1993, a relatively unknown point guard from Canada by the name of Steve Nash led Santa Clara to the biggest upset in the NCAA Tournament. Santa Clara defeated the No. 2 Arizona Wildcats, 64-61. Nash went to the NBA and had a successful career, to say the least.

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No. 3 - Norfolk State Spartans

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In 2012, the Norfolk State Spartans beat the No. 2 Missouri Tigers, 86-84. Although Missouri was a legitimate contender for the national title in 2012, Norfolk State had second thoughts about being a notch on Missouri's belt. Instead, it was the other way around.

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No. 2 - Lehigh Mountain Hawks

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In 2012, Lehigh beat the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils, 75-70. Many people expected Duke to make it to the Final Four, but Lehigh had other plans. They became the bracket busters of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Courtney Leffall, a Lehigh alumnus, actually made a song and video about beating Duke. The song is available on iTunes.

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No. 1 - Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

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Florida Gulf Coast defeated the No. 2 Georgetown Hoyas, 78-68, and made history in 2013 by becoming the first No. 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16. They may possibly become the first No. 15 seed to earn a berth to the Final Four. If you liked the "LeHigh Beat Duke" song and video, then check out the "Dunk City" song and video by Black Magic and Bambi.