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ESPN releases updated Bracketology with college basketball season nearing

Griffin McVeigh10/04/22
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College football may be the main point of focus in the sports world at the moment but college basketball will be here before you know it. The calendar has moved to the month of October, with the regular season starting in early November. While the month of March may be a good distance away, it’s never too early to project the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

ESPN released their latest edition of bracketology, predicting the entire field of 68 before the season began. While there were no changes on the one-seed line, UCLA moved up to a two-seed, playing in the West region.

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Reigning national champions, Kansas are viewed as a two-seed to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. They were placed in the Midwest Region, where the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight would be played in Kansas City. In this theoretical bracket, the Jayhawks would have quite the homecourt advantage.

2023 NCAA Tournament projection before beginning of college basketball season

Last Four Byes: Memphis, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Wyoming

Last Four In: St. John’s, St. Mary’s, Florida State, Rutgers

First Four Out: Seton Hall, Stanford, Providence, Iowa State

Next Four Out: Loyola Chicago, Wisconsin, Tulane, BYU

West region

1) Gonzaga vs. 16) Morehead State
8) Miami vs. 9) Texas A&M

5) Arizona vs. 12) Drake
4) TCU vs. 13) Grand Canyon

6) Michigan vs. 11) Oklahoma
3) Arkansas vs. 14) Pennsylvania

7) Texas Tech vs. 10) Iowa
2) UCLA vs. 15) Purdue Fort Wayne


1) Kentucky vs. 16) Nicholls State/Howard
8) UConn vs. 9) Virginia Tech

5) San Diego State vs. 12) Florida State/Rutgers
4) Creighton vs. 13) Toledo

6) Alabama vs. 11) UAB
3) Duke vs. 14) Colgate

7) Michigan State vs. 10) Memphis
2) Kansas vs. 15) Vermont


1) North Carolina vs. 16) Winthrop
8) Florida vs. 9) Oklahoma State

5) Dayton vs. 12) Furman
4) Villanova vs. 13) Towson

6) Illinois vs. 11) St. John’s/Saint Mary’s
3) Tennessee vs. 14) Iona

7) Purdue vs. 10) Notre Dame
2) Texas vs. 15) Montana State


1) Houston vs. 16) Southern/Wagner
8) Saint Louis vs. 9) USC

5) Auburn vs. 12) Liberty
4) Virginia vs. 13) UC Santa Barbara

6) Oregon vs. 11) Wyoming
3) Indiana vs. 14) Oral Roberts

7) Xavier vs. 10) Ohio State
2) Baylor vs. 15) Louisiana