Team Performance in the NCAA Quarters/Semis/Finals (2017-22)

2x NCAA champion Aaron Brooks of Penn State (Photo/Sam Janicki;

Last week we looked at the bloodround., its importance, and which teams have found the most success in the NCAA Round of 12. Today, we're examining the top-half of the NCAA bracket and the money rounds. The quarterfinals, the semis, and the finals. As one may expect, Penn State dominates all three of those rounds. But to the extent in which they dominate is difficult to fathom. For instance, the Nittany Lions are 24-2 in the NCAA semifinals over the last five NCAA Tournaments (2017-22). For perspective's sake, the team with the second-most wins during that span is Ohio State, who is 8-11.

Below we have the records of each DI team during the last five NCAA tournaments in these extremely important rounds, starting with the finals and working our way down to the quarters.


Penn State: 21-3

Iowa: 4-3

Cornell: 3-2

Rutgers: 2-1

Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri: 2-2

Oklahoma State: 2-4

Ohio State: 2-6

Iowa State, Lehigh, Northern Iowa, Northwestern: 1-0

North Carolina, South Dakota State, Stanford: 1-1

NC State, Virginia Tech: 1-2

Michigan: 1-4

Lock Haven, Rider, Wisconsin, Wyoming: 0-1

Illinois, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Virginia: 0-2


Penn State: 24-2

Ohio State: 8-11

Iowa: 7-8

Oklahoma State: 6-5

Michigan: 5-10

Cornell: 5-4

Minnesota: 4-1

Arizona State, Missouri: 4-5

Rutgers: 3-3

NC State, Virginia Tech: 3-6

Illinois, South Dakota State: 2-0

Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Virginia: 2-1

North Carolina, Princeton: 2-3

Lock Haven, Rider: 2-1

Iowa State: 1-1

Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Wyoming: 1-2

Lehigh: 1-3

Bucknell, Central Michigan, Kent State, Oklahoma, Oregon State: 0-1

Duke, Utah Valley: 0-2

Cal Poly: 0-3


Penn State: 26-7

Ohio State: 19-7

Michigan: 15-5

Iowa: 15-15

Oklahoma State: 11-10

Cornell: 9-2

NC State: 9-7

Arizona State: 9-8

Missouri: 9-10

Virginia Tech: 9-11

Rutgers: 6-3

Princeton: 5-2

North Carolina: 5-3

Minnesota: 5-7

Lehigh: 4-7

Cal Poly: 3-1

Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wyoming: 3-3

Stanford: 3-4

Wisconsin: 3-5

Northern Iowa: 3-6

Northwestern: 3-7

Nebraska: 3-11

Duke, Utah Valley: 2-1

Iowa State, South Dakota State: 2-2

Illinois: 2-4

Bucknell, Kent State: 1-1

Central Michigan, Oklahoma: 1-2

Lock Haven: 1-3

Rider: 1-5

Oregon State: 1-7

Appalachian State, Army West Point, Buffalo, Clarion, Drexel, Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Navy, Northern Illinois, Penn, SIU Edwardsville: 0-1

Binghamton, North Dakota State, Purdue: West Virginia: 0-2

Old Dominion: 0-3


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M Smart (1) about 2 months ago
Thanks, this again shows that the Hawkeyes underperform and these stats include their 1 title in the last 11 years. Kool aid drinkers still won't get it. Ohio State not much better.
greff (2) about 2 months ago
Yes, Iowa is an afterthought now; it's nice to have them around as a punching bag though and their demonic head coaches scowling & charging the mat in overdramatic protests is humorous---so as much as I don't like them getting good prospects, deep down I appreciate the competition or I fear it would be too easy and we may even end up feeling pity for these throwbacks in evolution
M Smart (2) about 2 months ago
Facts have a way of making people who make a living saying interesting things go silent.
dan_crawley (1) about 2 months ago
I knew Penn State was good, but these stats are just are just unreal! I'm a Penn State fan and I'm always worried that some day they will underperform their usual level. Now I know that they could underperform by half and still outperform the rest of the field. It would be interesting to go back and perform the same analysis on the glory years of Iowa and see if they were in the same league in terms of dominance.
greff (1) about 2 months ago
you could go back and check Iowa but don't bother son because just like now, they win (won) a lot of 1-2 point matches by pushing, headbutting, and eye-poking to attain victory---no real wrestling proficiency ; a side note, they benefitted from alot of pro Gable referees that would gift ridicoulous stalling calls at whim whenever he would hold his hand up in a fist formation along with the other half-witted county bumpkins in the stands