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SBD’s Expert March Madness Brackets and Picks for the 2023 NCAA Tournament

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in College Basketball

Updated Mar 16, 2023 · 9:24 AM PDT

  • The editorial staff at SBD have submitted their 2023 March Madness brackets
  • See who the experts are picking to win the 2023 NCAA Tournament
  • Which longshots and Cinderellas are going to make it past the first weekend?

The 2023 NCAA Tournament officially commences tonight with two First Four games in Dayton, Ohio. But as far as bracket contests are concerned, the real fun is still 48 hours away.

Struggling with picks? SBD’s editorial staff have submitted their expert March Madness brackets for you to plagiarize. Use the links below to jump directly to a bracket. The table under the links summarizes the main points of each expert’s bracket.

Jump to:   Ian Jones’ Bracket  |  Sascha Paruk’s Bracket |  Zach Reger’s Bracket

SBD Expert March Madness Picks

Expert National Champ Final  Four/Regional Champions Biggest 1st-Round Upset First #1 Seed to Lose
Ian Jones #2 Marquette (+2000) West: #3 Gonzaga (+400)
South: #2 Arizona (+400)
East: #2 Marquette (+425)
MidWest: #2 Texas (+300)
#12 Charleston (+185) over #5 San Diego State Purdue (Round of 32)
Sascha Paruk #1 Alabama (+650) West: #3 Gonzaga (+400)
South: #1 Alabama (+170)
East: #2 Marquette (+425)
MidWest: #1 Houston (+160)
#14 UC Santa Barbara (+470) over #3 Baylor Purdue (Round of 32)
Zach Reger #2 Marquette (+2000) West: #3 Gonzaga (+400)
South: #2 Arizona (+400)
East: #2 Marquette (+425)
MidWest: #1 Houston (+160)
#14 Montana State (+380) over Kansas #3 State Purdue (Sweet 16)

Ian Jones’ March Madness Bracket

National Champion: Marquette (+2000)

Marquette has a wild combination of factors going for it. They’re one of the best passing teams in the country, one of the best shooting teams, particularly on the fastbreak, and they force turnovers with an overwhelming defense. Though they’re a little undersized, the Golden Eagles can hang with bigger, better rebounding teams; they’re close loss to Purdue early in the season, and their pair of wins over UConn are prime examples.

If that fast-paced offense and swarming defense can keep teams from settling into the paint, Shaka Smart will be taking home his first title.

Sascha Paruk’s March Madness Bracket

National Champion: Alabama (+650)

With future top-five pick Brandon Miller leading the way, this is the year for the Tide to, not just reach their first-ever Final Four, but also bring home the first college basketball national championship in school history. While Miller gets the majority of headlines, this team is anything but a one-man show. The backcourt combination of senior Jahvon Quinerly and junior Marcus Sears is exactly the type of experienced, level-headed ball-handling you want in March.

Bama plays at a fast tempo – fourth in the nation – which inflates its final scores, but it’s actually the defense which has been the calling card of this squad. The Tide boast the third-best defense per KenPom.

An NBA-level scorer, a veteran backcourt, and a tenacious defense? That’s a recipe for a national championship.

Zach Reger’s March Madness Bracket

National Champion: Marquette (+2000)

Big East Coach of the Year Shaka Smart has taken this Marquette program and built a culture capable of winning. They ran through the Big East Tournament to become champions once already this season, and they can do it again. Because of that tournament, Marquette got a two-seed over Xavier, who received a three-seed. This seeding gives them a favorable path to the Final Four at the minimum.

Few teams are hotter than Marquette as they have won nine straight games and have won 14 of their last 15. Big East Player of the Year Tyler Kowek averaged just under 19 points per game in the Big East Tournament and will play a major role in the Golden Eagles becoming National Champions.

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