Penn State & Utah State In, Nevada & Arizona State Out: Bracketology 2023

Welcome to Bracketology 2023! In my fifth edition, Penn State and Utah State enter as Nevada and Arizona State exit, Texas A&M continues to climb, Rutgers is in free fall, 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:

Penn State & Utah State In, Nevada & Arizona State Out: 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 Monday, March 6.

1sKansas, Houston, Alabama, Purdue

2sUCLA, Texas, Baylor, Arizona

3s – Kansas State, Gonzaga, Marquette, Tennessee

4s – Connecticut, Xavier, Indiana, Miami (FL)

5s – Virginia, TCU, San Diego State, St. Mary’s

6s – Kentucky, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Northwestern

7s – Michigan State, Duke, Missouri, Creighton

8s – Iowa, Maryland, Illinois, Arkansas

9sFAU, Auburn, Boise State, USC

10s – Memphis, West Virginia, Providence, Pittsburgh

11s – NC State, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Utah State

12sCharleston, Drake, VCU, Oral Roberts

13sUtah Valley, Toledo, Iona, Yale

14sFurman, Louisiana, Kennesaw State, UC Irvine

15sColgate, Montana State, Vermont, UNC Asheville

16sCleveland State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Howard, Alcorn State, Southeast Missouri State, Fairleigh Dickinson

The Bubble

Last Four Byes

Providence, Pittsburgh, NC State, Rutgers

Last Four In

Mississippi State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Utah State

First Four Out

Nevada, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Arizona State

Next Four Out

Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Oregon, Clemson

Per Conference

Big Ten – 10 (Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, Maryland, Illinois, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Penn State)

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

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

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

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

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

Pac-12 – 3 (UCLA, Arizona, USC)

AAC – 2 (Houston, Memphis)

WCC – 2 (Gonzaga, St. Mary’s)

Featured photo by Alp Duran on Unsplash.

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