Kentucky Joins the Field: Bracketology 2023

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

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, Feb. 2.

1sPurdue, Alabama, Kansas, Arizona

2sHouston, Texas, Tennessee, Baylor

3sUCLA, 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

9sBoise State, Maryland, Creighton, USC

10sFAU, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, North Carolina

11s – West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Memphis, Nevada, Kentucky

12sOral Roberts, Liberty, Kent State, VCU

13sUtah Valley, UC Santa Barbara, Louisiana, Hofstra

14sSouthern Illinois, Furman, Colgate, Princeton

15sEastern Washington, Siena, Vermont, UNC Asheville

16sMilwaukee, Southern, UMES, Southeast Missouri State, Southeastern Louisiana, Fairleigh Dickinson

The Bubble

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

Per Conference

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)

Featured photo by Alp Duran on Unsplash.

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