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2023 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Will the Kansas Jayhawks become the first repeat champions in men's college basketball since Florida in 2006 and 2007? That's among the questions to consider during the tipoff of the 2022-23 season, following a frenzy of transfer movement and the usual spate of NBA draft decisions. Division I's 360-plus teams are now marching to the 2023 NCAA tournament, a journey that will end at Houston's NRG Stadium for the Final Four on April 1 and 3. ESPN will be there every step of the way with its 2023 bracket projections, evaluating the current state of the bubble and identifying the top seeds for the game's showcase event.

Bracket Watch

First Team Out

UAB

The only remaining top seed from our opening bracket is Houston, the new No. 1 overall seed given multiple losses from North Carolina and Gonzaga. It's hard to argue with Maui Invitational champion Arizona or Virginia, which swept Baylor and Illinois, ascending to the top line, and a strong case could also be made for Purdue after the Boilermakers captured the PK Legacy. The Boilers are our top 2-seed. But perhaps the biggest story is five-loss Villanova, with the Wildcats falling out of the projected NCAA field for the first time in over a decade. Finally, if you're wondering about UAB as First Team Out, the Blazers remain favored in C-USA but give way to Middle Tennessee, which "leads" the standings having defeated Rice in the nation's only league game to date.

68-Team Bracket

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