ESPN releases updated Bracketology for 2023 NCAA Tournament

Nick Kosko01/21/23
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ESPN released its latest Bracketology from Joe Lunardi for the 2023 NCAA tournament. There was a change at the top in terms of the No. 1 overall seed following some upsets.

The Purdue Boilermakers are the new top dog in the field of 68, according to Lunardi. Kentucky is also on the bubble again and the Wildcats are the first team out, while Oklahoma gets the final spot.

“Purdue takes another step forward in our latest update, assuming the top overall seed following the Kansas loss at Kansas State,” Lunardi wrote. “Along with Alabama and Houston, these four teams have separated from the pack, with only UCLA in reasonable range of the top line. If the Bruins are able to sweep their weekend games at Arizona State and Arizona, they will be in the best position to move up. 

“At the cut line, it’s hard not to be a little bit amused by Kentucky’s status as our first team out. Am trying to imagine the scene at UD Arena if Big Blue Nation was needed at the First Four in Dayton.”

Here’s a look at the latest bracket from Lunardi.

Last Four Byes: Maryland, Boise State, Memphis, New Mexico

Last Four In: Ohio State, West Virginia, Northwestern, Oklahoma

First Four Out: Kentucky, Penn State, Nevada, Texas A&M

Next Four Out: UCF, Utah State, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State

South Region (Louisville)

No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson/Binghamton

No. 8 Clemson vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic

No. 5 TCU vs. No. 12 Kent State

No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 13 Marshall

No. 6 Providence vs. No. 11 Ohio State/West Virginia

No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 14 Seattle

No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Arizona State

No. 2 Iowa State vs. No. 15 SIU Edwardsville

East Region (New York)

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Southern University

No. 8 San Diego State vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh

No. 5 NC State vs. No. 12 Northwestern/Oklahoma

No. 4 UConn vs. No. 13 Princeton

No. 6 Illinois vs. No. 11 Memphis

No. 3 Virginia vs. No. 14 Colgate

No. 7 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 10 Wisconsin

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Samford

Midwest Region (Kansas City)

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Morgan State/TAMU-CC

No. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 North Carolina

No. 5 Miami vs. No. 12 Oral Roberts

No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 13 Liberty

No. 6 Auburn vs. No. 11 Boise State

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 UC Riverside

No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Charleston

No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Eastern Washington

West Region (Las Vegas)

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 16 UNC Asheville

No. 8 Missouri vs. No. 9 Indiana

No. 5 Rutgers vs. No. 12 VCU

No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 Southern Illinois

No. 6 Duke vs. No. 11 New Mexico

No. 3 Xavier vs. No 14 Youngstown State

No. 7 Arkansas vs. No. 10 Maryland

No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 15 Siena