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Bracketology 2023: Text-Only Bracket and Seed List for the Morning of March 12, 2023

The 1-68 seed list and, for those using screen readers, a text-only version of the Selection Sunday morning bracket.

The top four seeds in each region of the bracket projection for the morning of Selection Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from

The final bubble breakdown of 2023

Text-Only Bracket for Screen Readers

1. Midwest (Kansas City)

Des Moines (Thursday and Saturday)

1 Kansas vs. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC) or Texas Southern (SWAC)

8 Northwestern vs. 9 Arkansas

Albany (Friday and Sunday)

5 Texas A&M vs. 12 Charleston (CAA)

4 Duke (ACC) vs. 13 Louisiana (Sun Belt)

Denver (Friday and Sunday)

6 TCU vs. 11 Utah State

3 Gonzaga (WCC) vs. 14 UC Santa Barbara (Big West)

Sacramento (Thursday and Saturday)

7 Creighton vs. 10 Illinois

2 UCLA vs. 15 Northern Kentucky (Horizon)

2. South (Louisville)

Birmingham (Thursday and Saturday)

1 Alabama (SEC) vs. 16 UNC Asheville (Big South)

8 Boise State vs. 9 Iowa

Greensboro (Friday and Sunday)

5 Iowa State vs. 12 Drake (MVC)

4 Indiana vs. 13 Kent State (MAC)

Albany (Friday and Sunday)

6 Missouri vs. 11 Nevada or NC State

3 UConn vs. 14 Vermont (AE)

Des Moines (Thursday and Saturday)

7 Penn State vs. 10 USC

2 Texas (Big 12) vs. 15 Kennesaw State (ASUN)

3. West (Las Vegas)

Birmingham (Thursday and Saturday)

1 Houston (American) vs. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Southland)

8 Michigan State vs. 9 Auburn

Greensboro (Friday and Sunday)

5 San Diego State (MW) vs. 12 VCU (A 10)

4 Xavier vs. 13 Yale (Ivy)

Orlando (Thursday and Saturday)

6 Miami (Fla.) vs. 11 Oral Roberts (Summit)

3 Kansas State vs. 14 Furman (SoCon)

Sacramento (Thursday and Saturday)

7 Kentucky vs. 10 Providence

2 Arizona (Pac-12) vs. 15 Grand Canyon (WAC)

4. East (New York)

Columbus (Friday and Sunday)

1 Purdue (Big Ten) vs. 16 Howard (MEAC) or Southeast Missouri State (OVC)

8 Memphis vs. 9 West Virginia

Orlando (Thursday and Saturday)

5 Virginia vs. 12 Arizona State or Rutgers

4 Tennessee vs. 13 Iona (MAAC)

Denver (Friday and Sunday)

6 Saint Mary’s vs. 11 Mississippi State

3 Baylor vs. 14 Montana State (Big Sky)

Columbus (Friday and Sunday)

7 FAU (C-USA) vs. 10 Maryland

2 Marquette (Big East) vs. 15 Colgate (Patriot)

First Four

Midwest: To Des Moines (Tuesday): 16 Fairleigh Dickinson (NEC) or Texas Southern (SWAC)

East: To Orlando (Tuesday): 12 Arizona State vs. Rutgers

East: To Columbus (Wednesday): 16 Howard (MEAC) vs. Southeast Missouri State (OVC)

South: To Albany (Wednesday): 11 Nevada vs. NC State


Cut Line Breakdown

Last 4 Byes: Illinois, Providence, Mississippi State, Utah State

Last 4 In: Nevada, Arizona State, Rutgers, NC State

First Four Out: Pittsburgh, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt

Next Four Out: Clemson, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Sam Houston State

Lowest-ranked NET at-large: Arizona State (66)

Lowest-ranked KenPom at-large: Arizona State (68)

Highest-ranked NET exclusion: North Texas (38)

Highest-ranked KenPom exclusion: Oklahoma State (38)

Bids By Conference

23 single-bid conferences

Big Ten: 9: Purdue (auto), Indiana, Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, Maryland, Illinois, Rutgers

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

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

Big East: 5: Marquette (auto), UConn, Xavier, Creighton, Providence

ACC: 4: Duke (auto), Virginia, Miami, NC State

Mountain West: 4: San Diego State (auto), Boise State, Utah State, Nevada

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

American: 2: Houston (auto), Memphis

WCC: 2: Gonzaga (auto), Saint Mary’s

Ins and Outs (5, 2 at-large)

In: Grand Canyon, Kent State (MAC), NC State, Nevada, Texas Southern (SWAC)
Out: Clemson, Grambling State (SWAC), Southern Utah (WAC), Toledo (MAC), Vanderbilt

Seed List

* indicates auto bid holder

1: Kansas, Alabama*, Houston*, Purdue*
2: Arizona*, UCLA, Texas*, Marquette*
3: Baylor, Gonzaga*, UConn, Kansas State
4: Xavier, Indiana, Tennessee, Duke*
5: San Diego State*, Iowa State, Texas A&M, Virginia
6: Saint Mary’s, TCU, Miami, Missouri
7: Florida Atlantic*, Creighton, Kentucky, Penn State
8: Northwestern, Michigan State, Memphis, Boise State
9: Iowa, West Virginia, Arkansas, Auburn
10: USC, Maryland, Illinois, Providence
11: Mississippi State, Utah State, Nevada (First Four), NC State (First Four), Oral Roberts*
12: Arizona State (First Four), Rutgers (First Four), Charleston*, Drake*, VCU*
13: Kent State*, Iona*, Yale*, Louisiana*
14: Furman*, UC Santa Barbara*, Vermont*, Montana State*
15: Colgate*, Grand Canyon*, Kennesaw State*, Northern Kentucky*
16: UNC Asheville*, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi*, Howard* (First Four), Southeast Missouri State* (First Four), Fairleigh Dickinson* (First Four), Texas Southern* (First Four)