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Updated March Madness bracket on March 26

March Madness bracket as of 8:90 pm ET, March 26, 2023.

The 2023 men’s NCAA Tournament is scheduled to start on Tuesday, March 14, and finish with the national-championship game on Monday, April 3, 2023. This page displays the official 68-team field, both as a bracket (above) and as a table (below).

Massachusetts sports betting is now live, meaning Boston sports bettors can wager on the NCAA tournament.

March Madness Seeds

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

Remaining seeds as of 12:31 am ET, March 25, 2023.

The table below shows a current list of the teams that have already qualified for the 2023 NCAA Tournament, along with their method of qualification. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Teams in 2023 March Madness

Team Method
Alabama SEC champion
Arizona At-large
Arizona State At-large
Arkansas At-large
Auburn At-large
Baylor At-large
Boise State At-large
Charleston Colonial champion
Colgate Patriot champion
Connecticut At-large
Creighton At-large
Drake MVC champion
Duke ACC champion
Fairleigh Dickinson Northeast runner-up (champion Merrimack ineligible)
Florida Atlantic C-USA champion
Furman Southern champion
Gonzaga WCC champion
Grand Canyon WAC champion
Houston At-large
Howard MEAC champion
Illinois At-large
Indiana At-large
Iona MAAC champion
Iowa At-large
Iowa State At-large
Kansas At-large
Kansas State At-large
Kennesaw State ASUN champion
Kent State MAC champion
Kentucky At-large
Louisiana Sun Belt champion
Marquette Big East champion
Maryland At-large
Memphis AAC champion
Miami At-large
Michigan State At-large
Mississippi State At-large
Missouri At-large
Montana State Big Sky champion
NC State At-large
Nevada At-large
Northern Kentucky Horizon champion
Northwestern At-large
Oral Roberts Summit champion
Penn State At-large
Pitt At-large
Princeton Ivy champion
Providence At-large
Purdue Big Ten champion
Saint Mary’s At-large
San Diego State Mountain West champion
Southeast Missouri State OVC champion
TCU At-large
Tennessee At-large
Texas Big 12 champion
Texas A&M At-large
Texas A&M-CC Southland champion
Texas Southern SWAC champion
UC Santa Barbara Big West champion
UCLA PAC-12 champion
UNC Asheville Big South champion
USC At-large champion
Utah State At-large
VCU A10 champion
Vermont America East champion
Virginia At-large
West Virginia At-large
Xavier At-large

All of the above teams to clinch a spot in the March Madness Tournament have done so through automatic bids. The only way to receive an automatic bid into the NCAA Men’s Tournament is by winning your conference tournament. There are 32 conference tournaments to be played, some of which have already finished up and crowned a champion, meaning there are 32 possible automatic bids into the dance.

The other 36 spots in the tournament will be filled by at-large bids. These are teams who did not win their conference tournament, but are deemed worthy of playing in the tournament.

When Does 2023 March Madness Start?

Round (Teams Remaining) Dates
First Four (68) March 14-15, 2023
First Round (64) March 16-17, 2023
Second Round (32) March 18-19, 2023
Sweet 16 March 23-24, 2023
Elite Eight March 25-26, 2023
Final Four April 1, 2023
Championship Game April 3, 2023

The 2023 NCAA Tournament officially starts on Tuesday, March 14, with two First Four games in Dayton, Ohio. The First Round, also known as the Round of 64, commences that Thursday (March 16).

The tournament wraps up with the Final Four and National Championship Game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Note that Final Four odds are available all season long.)

When Do March Madness Brackets Come Out?

The official 2023  March Madness bracket will be released on March 12, also known as Selection Sunday. The selection show will begin at 6:00 pm ET and will air on CBS as usual.

When Do March Madness Brackets Lock?

This depends on the bracket contest you are entering. Most March Madness bracket pools allow brackets to be submitted and/or changed up to the minute before tip-off of the first game in the Round of 64. That’s because very few bracket contests actually factor in the results of the First Four, which are technically part of the tournament, nonetheless.

If you want to pick a First Four team to advance past the Round of 64, you will be able to select either of the two teams playing in the First Four contest. For instance, in the Feb. 15 iteration of our bracket, Mississippi State was playing Florida in the First Four in the Mid-West region; if you wanted to pick Florida to advance to the Round of 32, you would still get the points if Mississippi State beat Florida in the First Four and then also won in the Round of 64.

How Many Teams Are in March Madness?

Currently, the official answer to this question is 68 teams. The 32 teams that win their conference tournaments garner automatic berths into the field, and the March Madness Selection Committee chooses the other 36 at-large teams based on regular-season resumes. (Track the college basketball conference odds here.)

The number of teams in the NCAA Tournament has fluctuated over the years. Starting in 1985, the tournament increased from 32 teams to 64 teams. Then, in 2011, it was expanded to 68 with the introduction of the First Four.

This was largely a response to perennial outcries from the last few teams not to make the field. (Surprise! There are still equally loud outcries from teams that don’t make the field of 68.) For a time, the First Four was called the “First Round” but that caused too much confusion given that the Round of 64 had been the First Round for several decades.


Archived March Madness brackets: 2022

When is the NCAA Tournament selection show?

The Selection Show starts at 6pm ET on Sunday, March 12.

Why hasn't anyone ever predicted a perfect NCAA bracket yet?

Simply put, the tournament is just too unpredictable. This is part of what makes it so exciting. Outside of a 16-seed taking down a 1-seed, which has only happened once, anyone can beat anyone. If you flipped a coin to make your selections, the odds of a perfect bracket are 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. This is because there are so many games in the tournament. Your true odds are slightly better than that since not all games in the first-round are true 50-50 splits.

How to study teams to make the best bracket for March Madness?

One of the quickest ways to identify potential upsets in your March Madness bracket is to study the odds for each of the first-round games as well as the odds to make the Final Four and to win the tournament.

Has an unranked team ever won the NCAA tournament?

All teams who get into the NCAA tournament are ranked. The lowest ranked team to ever win the tournament was no. 8 Villanova back in 1985. We have seen five no. 11 seeds reach the Final Four, but none advanced any further.

What are the odds of a team winning the NCAA tournament?

If you treat every game as a 50-50 chance, then that comes out to a 1.56% chance for a team to win the tournament. This is considering them having to win six games. However, not all games are a true 50-50. If we look at the odds, Houston is the favorite to win at 6-1 odds, which implies a 14.3% chance to win.

What is the best March Madness bracket scoring methodology?

The most common March Madness bracket scoring is 1 point for every correct winner picked in the first round, 2 points for every correct winner picked in the second round, 4 points for every correct winner picked in the third round, and it continues doubling with 32 points being awarded for having the correct winner of the tournament. This method keeps many brackets alive a little longer. Some people like to add bonus points for having correct matchups in the bracket as well. Others just do a simple 1 point for each correct winner picked, regardless of the round.

How long does the NCAA tournament last?

The NCAA tournament starts Tuesday, March 14 with the First Four and runs until the National Championship on Monday, April 3. Although, some people don't recognize the First Four as the official start of the tournament, instead calling Thursday, March 16, which is when the first round starts, the first day.