Bracketology 2023: Many Twists and Turns Still to Come

The top four seeds in each region of the bracket projection for Sunday, March 5, 2023.

Text-Only Bracket for Screen Readers and Seed List


Graphics by Chris Dobbertean using logos from either, Wikimedia Commons, or the institutions’ websites.

Lowest-ranked NET at-large: Wisconsin (78)
Lowest-ranked KenPom at-large: Wisconsin (71)

Highest-ranked NET exclusion: Nevada (38)
Highest-ranked KenPom exclusion: Nevada (39)

Bids By Conference

23 single-bid conferences

Ins and Outs (5, 2 at-large)

New Entrants: Louisiana (Sun Belt), Penn State, Sam Houston State (WAC), Southeast Missouri State (OVC), Wisconsins

Out For Now: Arizona State, Nevada, Southern Miss. (Sun Belt), Tennessee Tech (OVC), Utah Valley (WAC)

The Games Ahead

All times are p.m. Eastern unless noted.

Teams in the projected field are bolded. Teams still in contention are italicized. The order of importance within each window is my editorial decision.

For conference tournament schedules, please visit Conference Tournament Central, featuring daily schedule at the top of the page.

For starters, three automatic bids will be awarded today:

In terms of regular-season finales, maybe we’ll finally get some clarity on the Big Ten standings. However. considering Purdue is 14-5 in conference play and Ohio State and Minnesota have combined to win 7 league games total, the middle may become too difficult to untangle. Seven teams currently have 11-8 conference records, including Michigan State, which wrapped up its regular-season yesterday. Then, Rutgers is in 9th at 10-9, with Penn State in 10th at 9-10, and Wisconsin and Nebraska tied for 11 at 8-11.

Good luck sorting that out, Rosemont!

Houston at Memphis, 12 (CBS)
Illinois at Purdue, 12:30 (Fox)
Maryland at Penn State, 12 (BTN)

Nebraska at Iowa, 2 (BTN)

Michigan at Indiana, 4:30 (CBS)

Northwestern at Rutgers, 7:30 (BTN)
Wisconsin at Minnesota, 7:30 (FS1)

I will have and update tomorrow with the focus shifting to automatic bids for a couple of days.

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