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Bracketology 2023: Preseason Text-Only Bracket and Seed List

The 1-68 seed list and, for those using screen readers, a text-only bracket for Opening Day of the 2022-23 men’s college basketball season.

The Top 16 in Blogging the Bracket’s preseason bracket. South: 1. Kentucky, 2. UCLA. 3. Duke, 4. TCU; Midwest: 1. Baylor, 2. Tennessee, 3. Virginia, 4. Creighton; East: 1. North Carolina, 2. Kansas, 3. Arizona, 4. Arkansas; West: 1. Gonzaga, 2. Houston, 3. Texas, 4. Indiana Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from

Text-Only Bracket for Screen Readers

1. South (Louisville)

Columbus (Friday and Sunday)

1 Kentucky (SEC) vs. 16 Norfolk State (MEAC) or Nicholls State (Southland)

8 Michigan State vs. 9 Oklahoma State

Orlando (Thursday and Saturday)

5 San Diego State (Mountain West) vs. 12 Furman (Southern)

4 TCU vs. 13 Towson (CAA)

Albany (Friday and Sunday)

6 Villanova vs. 11 Texas A&M

3 Duke vs. 14 Colgate (Patriot)

Sacramento (Thursday and Saturday)

7 Florida vs. 10 UAB (Conference USA)

2 UCLA (Pac-12) vs. 15 Northern Kentucky (Horizon)

2. Midwest (Kansas City)

Birmingham (Thursday and Saturday)

1 Baylor (Big 12) vs. 16 St. Francis (Pa.) (NEC) or Texas Southern (SWAC)

8 Virginia Tech vs. 9 Saint Louis

Albany (Friday and Sunday)

5 Auburn vs. 12 Wisconsin or Wyoming

4 Creighton (Big East) vs. 13 Vermont (America East)

Greensboro (Friday and Sunday)

6 Dayton (A 10) vs. 11 Seton Hall

3 Virginia vs. 14 UC Santa Barbara (Big West)

Birmingham (Thursday and Saturday)

7 Oregon vs. 10 Ohio State

2 Tennessee vs. 15 Penn (Ivy)

3. East (New York)

Greensboro (Friday and Sunday)

1 North Carolina (ACC) vs. 16 Morehead State (OVC)

8 Memphis vs. 9 Illinois

Denver (Friday and Sunday)

5 Texas Tech vs. 12 Drake (MVC)

4 Arkansas vs. 13 Toledo (MAC)

Denver (Friday and Sunday)

6 Michigan vs. 11 Notre Dame

3 Arizona vs. 14 Grand Canyon (WAC)

Des Moines (Thursday and Saturday)

7 Purdue vs. 10 Xavier

2 Kansas vs. 15 Longwood (Big South)

4. West (Las Vegas)

Sacramento (Thursday and Saturday)

1 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. 16 Montana State (Big Sky)

8 Oklahoma vs. 9 USC

Columbus (Friday and Sunday)

5 Alabama vs. 12 James Madison (Sun Belt)

4 Indiana (Big Ten) vs. 13 Liberty (ASUN)

Des Moines (Thursday and Saturday)

6 Iowa vs. 11 Saint Mary’s or Cincinnati

3 Texas vs. 14 South Dakota State (Summit)

Orlando (Thursday and Saturday)

7 UConn vs. 10 Miami (Florida)

2 Houston (American) vs. 15 Iona (MAAC)

First Four

To Columbus (Wednesday): 16 Norfolk State (MEAC) vs. Nicholls State (Southland)

To Birmingham (Tuesday): 16 St. Francis (Pa.) (NEC) vs. Texas Southern (SWAC)

To Albany (Wednesday): 12 Wisconsin vs. 12 Wyoming

To Des Moines (Tuesday) 11 Saint Mary’s vs. 11 Cincinnati


Last 4 Byes: Xavier, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Seton Hall

Last 4 In: Saint Mary’s, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Wyoming

First Four Out: Colorado State, Rutgers, St. John’s, Ole Miss

Next Four Out: Syracuse, BYU, Penn State, Tulane

Bids By Conference

Big Ten: 8: Indiana (auto), Iowa, Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin

Big 12: 7 Baylor (auto), Kansas, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State

SEC: 7: Kentucky (auto), Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M

ACC: 6: North Carolina (auto), Virginia, Duke, Virginia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame

Big East: 5: Creighton (auto), Villanova, UConn, Xavier, Seton Hall

Pac-12: 4: UCLA (auto), Arizona, Oregon, USC

American: 3: Houston (auto), Memphis, Cincinnati

Atlantic 10: 2: Dayton (auto), Saint Louis

Mountain West: 2: San Diego State (auto), Wyoming

WCC: 2: Gonzaga (auto), Saint Mary’s

Seed List

* indicates auto bid holder

1: Kentucky*, Baylor*, North Carolina*, Gonzaga*
2: Tennessee, Houston*, UCLA*, Kansas
3: Texas, Virginia, Arizona, Duke
4: Arkansas, Indiana*, TCU, Creighton
5: Auburn, Texas Tech, Alabama, San Diego State*
6: Villanova, Iowa, Dayton*, Michigan
7: UConn, Purdue, Oregon, Florida
8: Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Memphis
9: Oklahoma State, USC, Saint Louis, Illinois
10: Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Xavier, UAB*
11: Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Saint Mary’s (First Four), Cincinnati (First Four)
12: Wisconsin (First Four), Wyoming (First Four), Furman*, James Madison*, Drake*
13: Liberty*, Toledo*, Towson*, Vermont*
14: Grand Canyon*, South Dakota State*, UC Santa Barbara*, Colgate*
15: Iona*, Penn*, Longwood*, Northern Kentucky*
16: Montana State*, Morehead State*, Norfolk State* (First Four), Nicholls State* (First Four), Texas Southern* (First Four), St. Francis (Pa.)* (First Four)