Welcome to Bracketology 2023! In my third edition for 2023, Kentucky enters the field as Arizona State bows out, Pittsburgh takes a big step forward, Wisconsin trends way down, and much more.
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:
Kentucky Joins the Field: Bracketology 2023
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, Feb. 2.
1s – Purdue, Alabama, Kansas, Arizona
2s – Houston, Texas, Tennessee, Baylor
3s – UCLA, Kansas State, Xavier, Virginia
4s – Iowa State, TCU, Marquette, Connecticut
5s – Gonzaga, Miami (FL), Illinois, Rutgers
6s – Providence, Duke, Iowa, St. Mary’s
7s – Indiana, Missouri, Auburn, San Diego State
8s – Michigan State, New Mexico, NC State, Clemson
9s – Boise State, Maryland, Creighton, USC
10s – FAU, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, North Carolina
11s – West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Memphis, Nevada, Kentucky
12s – Oral Roberts, Liberty, Kent State, VCU
13s – Utah Valley, UC Santa Barbara, Louisiana, Hofstra
14s – Southern Illinois, Furman, Colgate, Princeton
15s – Eastern Washington, Siena, Vermont, UNC Asheville
16s – Milwaukee, Southern, UMES, Southeast Missouri State, Southeastern Louisiana, Fairleigh Dickinson
Last Four Byes
Northwestern, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Last Four In
Arkansas, Memphis, Nevada, Kentucky
First Four Out
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Texas A&M
Next Four Out
Oregon, Penn State, Arizona State, Florida
Big Ten – 9 (Purdue, Illinois, Rutgers, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Maryland, Northwestern, Wisconsin)
ACC – 7 (Virginia, Miami, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Pittsburgh, North Carolina)
Big 12 – 7 (Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, Iowa State, TCU, West Virginia)
SEC – 6 (Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky)
Big East – 5 (Xavier, Marquette, Connecticut, Providence, Creighton)
MWC – 4 (San Diego State, New Mexico, Boise State, Nevada)
Pac-12 – 3 (Arizona, UCLA, USC)
AAC – 2 (Houston, Memphis)
WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)
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