Can the SEC Get 8 Teams In?: Bracketology 2023

Welcome to Bracketology 2023! In my fourth edition (after a long hiatus), the SEC has eight teams in the field, Indiana takes a huge step forward, Auburn seeing itself itching closer to the cutline, 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:

Can the SEC Get 8 Teams In?: 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, March 2.

1sKansas, Alabama, Houston, Purdue

2sUCLA, Baylor, Texas, Arizona

3s – Kansas State, Tennessee, Gonzaga, Marquette

4s – Connecticut, Xavier, TCU, Indiana

5s – Miami (FL), Virginia, San Diego State, St. Mary’s

6s – Northwestern, Michigan State, Kentucky, Creighton

7s – Iowa State, Texas A&M, Iowa, Duke

8s – Missouri, Maryland, Illinois, Arkansas

9s – Rutgers, Boise State, FAU, Providence

10sPittsburgh, USC, Memphis, West Virginia

11s – Mississippi State, Nevada, Wisconsin, NC State, Auburn, Arizona State

12sCharleston, VCU, Oral Roberts, Bradley

13sUtah Valley, Liberty, Southern Miss, Toledo

14sFurman, Iona, Yale, UCSB

15sColgate, Eastern Washington, Vermont, Youngstown State

16sUNC Asheville, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Morehead State, Howard, Alcorn State, Fairleigh Dickinson

The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Memphis, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Nevada

Last Four In

Wisconsin, NC State, Auburn, Arizona State

First Four Out

Penn State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma State

Next Four Out

New Mexico, Clemson, Utah State, Oregon

Per Conference

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

SEC – 8 (Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Auburn)

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

ACC – 5 (Miami, Virginia, Duke, Pittsburgh, NC State)

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

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

MWC – 3 (San Diego State, Boise State, Nevada)

AAC – 2 (Houston, Memphis)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)

Featured photo by Alp Duran on Unsplash.

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