Indiana, UNC Among Big Jumpers: Bracketology 2023

Welcome to Bracketology 2023! In this second edition of my annual series, Indiana and UNC are among the big jumpers, Ohio State finds itself on the wrong side of the bubble, and there’s a new No. 1 seed.

Remember, this is not my opinion on what the committee should do – this is about what I think the committee would do if today were Selection Sunday. Then, when it’s actually Selection Sunday, this will be my prediction for the soon-to-be-revealed real bracket.

Check out the Bracket Matrix, which combines tons of brackets from across the country to create one, ultimate prediction.

Let’s see the chaos:

Indiana, UNC Among Big Jumpers: Bracketology 2023

Seed Lines

Teams are arranged by S-Curve order. As in, a team at the front of a seed line is higher on the S-Curve, and a team at the end of a seed line is the last team to receive that seed.

Tentative auto bids are italicized, official auto bids are bolded.

Includes all games through Thursday, Jan. 26.

1sPurdue, Alabama, Arizona, Houston

2s – Kansas, Texas, Tennessee, Iowa State

3s – Kansas State, UCLA, Xavier, Baylor

4s – TCU, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Virginia

5s – Marquette, Miami (FL), Rutgers, Illinois

6s – Auburn, Providence, San Diego State, Michigan State

7s – Duke, St. Mary’s, Iowa, Indiana

8s – New Mexico, NC State, Wisconsin, Clemson

9s – Northwestern, Missouri, North Carolina, FAU

10s – USC, Boise State, Maryland, Arkansas

11s – Memphis, West Virginia, Creighton, Arizona State, Nevada, Pittsburgh

12sCharleston, VCU, Oral Roberts, Liberty

13sKent State, UC Santa Barbara, Louisiana, Princeton

14sSeattle U, Southern Illinois, Colgate, Samford

15sEastern Washington, Vermont, Siena, UNC Asheville

16sNorthern Kentucky, Southern, UT Martin, UMES, Southeastern Louisiana, Fairleigh Dickinson

The Bubble

Last Four Byes




West Virginia

Last Four In


Arizona State



First Four Out


Texas A&M

Ohio State

Penn State

Next Four Out


Seton Hall

Wake Forest


Per Conference

Big Ten – 9 (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Maryland)

ACC – 7 (Virginia, Miami, Duke, NC State, Clemson, North Carolina, Pittsburgh)

Big 12 – 7 (Kansas, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia)

Big East – 5 (Xavier, Connecticut, Marquette, Providence, Creighton)

SEC – 5 (Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Arkansas)

MWC – 4 (San Diego State, New Mexico, Boise State, Nevada)

Pac-12 – 4 (Arizona, UCLA, USC, Arizona State)

AAC – 2 (Houston, Memphis)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)

Featured photo by Alp Duran on Unsplash.

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