Tuesday’s First Four showdown in Dayton between No. 16 seed Southeast Missouri State and No. 16 seed Texas A&M. Corpus Christi will mark the start of the 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket. The first matchup of the four-day stretch of games in March Madness 2023 will be between No. 8 seed West Virginia and No. 9 seed Maryland at 12:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. Under the leadership of head coach Bob Huggins, West Virginia has made the NCAA Tournament field 11 times in 15 seasons. Making it to the second round of the March Madness bracket four times since 2015. When the Mountaineers play the Terrapins in the 2023 NCAA basketball tournament, will his expertise make a difference?
On Thursday, the No. 9 seed Illinois will face the No. 8 seed Arkansas in another fascinating game. In this crucial 8 vs. 9 battle, which club should you select to progress in your 2023 March Madness bracket groups? Check out SportsLine’s 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket choices from the tested computer model before making any predictions for the 2023 March Madness tournament.
In two of the past four tournaments, it has completely destroyed all CBS Sports brackets, outperforming them by more than 92%. The No. 5 seed Houston was one of the three teams the algorithm correctly predicted in the West. And South Region Sweet 16 last year.
It also has the ability to recognise an uproar. The same methodology has generated brackets that correctly predicted 18 upsets of double-digit seeds in the first round. Moreover, it correctly predicted some major upsets two years ago. Including Houston’s Midwest Region victory despite the Cougars not being the No. 1 seed and the Gonzaga-Baylor championship game.
When there is established technology to support your dominance in your March Madness choices for 2023. There is just no reason to trust luck. The 2023 NCAA bracket has now been made public. And the model is now simulating the matchups. The results are in. It is exclusively available on SportsLine.
Three March Madness contests to watch in 2023
The South Region clash between No. 8 Maryland and No. 9 West Virginia is one of the most exciting to watch during the 2023 March Madness tournament. In a good first season under head coach Kevin Willard, the Terrapins recovered from a disastrous 2021–22 campaign and returned to the Big Dance. Jahmir Young, a transfer from Charlotte, leads four players in double figures with 16.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. One aspect that might decide this game is the fact that West Virginia’s top four scorers are all seniors. And the Mountaineers force roughly 15 turnovers per game.
Watch out for the 2023 March Madness game between No. 12 Charleston Cougars and No. 5 San Diego State. The 63 points per game allowed by the Aztecs’ defence, one of the best in NCAA basketball, helped them capture the Mountain West title this year. They defeated Boise State and Nevada in the Mountain West while pushing Arkansas and Saint Mary’s to the limit in non-conference action. This season, Charleston stormed off to a 21-1 record. And rose as high as No. 18 in the AP Top 25. Due to their No. 15 scoring offence, the Cougars can put San Diego State’s defence to the test (80.8).
Another crucial game in the South will see No. 4 Virginia take on No. 13 Furman. Since winning the championship in 2019, the Cavaliers have never advanced past the first round. And in 2018 they became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed. They do, however, boast the ninth-ranked defence in the nation and are headed by a pair of senior guards. With its victory in the Southern Conference Tournament under head coach Bob Richey, Furman punched its ticket. The senior guard Mike Bothwell and senior forward Jalen Slawson of the Paladins both have experience.
How to forecast the NCAA bracket for 2023
Who wins each game that determines the tournament? And which teams will shock everyone by winning the NCAA Tournament in 2023? Before committing to any 2023 NCAA bracket choices. You should check the model’s past performance for predictions of upsets that demolish brackets.
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