Play-in Games Winners: How far do they advance?

In 2011, the field was expanded to include two additional at-large teams, with the last four at-large teams scheduled to play on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Selection Sunday to determine which of these teams would be added to the main bracket. Such teams have been seeded between 11 and 14. Has the experience of playing in such games helped them advance?

The following tables summarizes their performance.

Round when team lost Number of teams
Round of 64 8
Round of 32 4
Sweet 16 3
Elite Eight 0
Final Four 1

Focusing only on the No. 11 seeds, since 2011, these teams have a 6-5 record in the Round of 64, while the non play-in game No. 11 seeds have a 12-9 record. Therefore, the No. 11 play-in game and non play-in game teams have performed similarly, and hence, there does not appear to be any advantage or disadvantage for participating in a play-in game. ©  2019 - The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
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