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NCAA bracket predictions: College basketball model relays surprising March Madness 2023 tournament picks


Alabama has recorded 29 wins this season



Alabama has recorded 29 wins this season, the most in program history, and the Crimson Tide were rewarded with the No. 1 overall seed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket. A No. 1 seed has won the NCAA Tournament five years in a row, but the overall No. 1 seed hasn’t cut down the nets since 2013. The Crimson Tide will have a tough road if they want to advance to their first ever Final Four in Houston, with Arizona, Baylor and Virginia among the experienced teams in the South Region of the March Madness bracket 2023.

Should you back Alabama to make a deep run in the March Madness 2023 bracket, or should you back another No. 1 seed like Purdue, Houston or Kansas, the defending champions? Before making any 2023 March Madness bracket predictions, be sure to check out the 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulated the entire 2023 NCAA Tournament 10,000 times. It has absolutely crushed its March Madness picks, beating over 92% of all CBS Sports brackets two of the last four tournaments. The model also nailed three teams in the West and South Region Sweet 16 last year, including No. 5 seed Houston.

It knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 18 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds. It also nailed some massive upsets two years ago, including predicting the championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor and hitting Houston’s Midwest Region win even though the Cougars weren’t the No. 1 seed.

There’s simply no reason to rely on luck when there’s proven technology to help you dominate your 2023 March Madness picks. Now, with the 2023 NCAA bracket revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

Three 2023 March Madness bracket games to watch

One of the most intriguing 2023 March Madness matchups to watch: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 West Virginia in the South Region. The Mountaineers have lost just two of their last six games, both of which came against Kansas, the defending national champions. Meanwhile, Maryland limps into the NCAA Tournament 2023 having lost three of their last four contests. However, the Terrapins play well defensively, giving up just 63.2 points per game this season, which ranks 26th in the nation.

Another 2023 March Madness matchup to keep an eye on: No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 12 Charleston Cougars. San Diego State is disciplined on defense, giving up 64.4 points per game on average. The Aztecs have held their opponents to 57 points or fewer in three of their last four outings. Meanwhile, Charleston features an explosive offense, averaging 80.8 points per game. The Cougars are knocking down 10.1 three-pointers per game, the 11th-most in college basketball. 

No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Furman is another critical matchup in the South. The Cavaliers won the Big Dance in 2019, but they have failed to earn a single NCAA Tournament win since then, losing to Ohio as a No. 4 seed in 2021. They also became the first top seed ever to lose to a No. 16 seed when UMBC pulled off the shocker in 2018. Furman swept the Southern Conference regular season and tournament to make the NCAA bracket for the first time since 1980. The Paladins have won six straight games and 14 of their last 15, making them a tricky opening-round opponent for Virginia. You can see the model’s 2023 NCAA bracket picks here.

How to make 2023 NCAA bracket predictions

Who wins every tournament-defining matchup? And which teams will make surprising runs through the 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket? With the model’s track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you’ll want to see which stunners it’s calling this year before locking in any 2023 NCAA bracket picks.

So what’s the optimal NCAA Tournament 2023 bracket? And which NCAA Tournament Cinderella teams will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which double-digit seeds you can back with confidence, all from the model that’s called 18 upsets by double-digit seeds.

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