Predicting March Madness Bracket: Projecting the Field of 68 for 2023 NCAA Tournament
Thu, Mar 9, 2023
The 2023 NCAA men's basketball tournament is approaching, and Selection Sunday is just six days away. Currently, conference tournaments are taking place, and teams are fighting for automatic bids to the tournament. As each day passes, more teams will secure their spots in the tournament. Here is a preview of the Field of 68.
The 2023 NCAA men's basketball tournament Final Four is scheduled for April 1-3 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Currently, Houston, Alabama, Kansas, and UCLA are the top-ranked teams and are considered the No. 1 seeds for the tournament. However, Purdue is also a contender and has a chance to make it to the top spot in the Big Ten tournament.
As of now, the four teams holding the No. 1 seed (Kansas, Houston, Alabama, and UCLA) are also the favorites in the NCAA basketball champions predictions 2023. Kansas has the most Quad 1 victories in the NCAA with 15, and they could secure the No. 1 overall seed with a win in the Big 12 tournament. Houston has a strong case for the top seed with a Net ranking of 1 and a 3-1 record against Quad 1 opponents. With a Net ranking of 2, Alabama has nine Quad 1 victories and is the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament. UCLA has the most victories in Quads 1 and 2, which helped them clinch a No. 1 seed.
The No. 2 seeds currently include Purdue, Texas, Baylor, and Arizona. Purdue could still have a chance at a No. 1 seed with a successful run in the Big Ten tournament. Texas and Baylor have identical resumes with 15-8 records against teams in Quads 1 and 2. Arizona has eight Quad 1 victories, like UCLA, and split two regular-season meetings with the Bruins. It remains to be seen if they will have a rubber match in the Pac-12 tournament.
There will be other teams expected to push for the title in the NCAA basketball tournament and are seeded as follows:
No. 3 seeds
No. 4 seeds
No. 5 seeds
No. 6 seeds
San Diego State
No. 7 seeds
The No. 8 seeds are Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, and Providence.
The 9 seeds are NC State, FAU, Auburn, and Memphis.
The 10 seeds are West Virginia, Arkansas, Pitt, and USC.
The 11 seeds are Boise State, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Wisconsin.
The 12 seeds are Oral Roberts, Charleston, VCU, and Drake.
The 13 seeds are Yale, Iona, Toledo, and Utah Valley.
The 14 seeds are Furman, Louisiana, Colgate, and Montana State.
The 15 seeds are UC Santa Barbara, Vermont, Kennesaw State, and UNC-Asheville.
The 16 seeds are Northern Kentucky, Grambling, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Howard, Tennessee Tech, and Merrimack.
Note: These settings are not final and are subject to change based on conference tournament results and the evaluation of the NCAA selection committee.