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2023 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions: March Madness expert picks, winners, upsets, favorites to win

The college basketball season saw more than 350 teams qualify for the 2023 NCAA Tournament. On Sunday, the field of contenders narrowed to 68 as the Division I men’s basketball team revealed the 2023 March Madness bracket for the first time.

Now all that’s left is to make your choices!

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2023 NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions

Gary Parish

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A terrific coach, great guards, experienced players and NBA talent are usually all it takes to win a national title. Kelvin Sampson is a terrific coach, Jamal Sheets and Marcus Sasser are great guards, four of Houston’s top five scorers are non-rookies, and Houston checks every box considering both Sasser and Jarres Walker should be first-round NBA draft picks. Am I worried about Chaucer’s groin injury? Sure, a little. But assuming he’s healthy, I think Houston is better positioned than anyone else to win six games in this bracket and cut down the nets on the first Monday night in April.

Matt Norlander

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Kyle Boone

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The health of star guard and leading scorer Marcus Sasser may put some doubt in your mind about the Cougars’ chances, but if he returns to full strength, Houston should be in the lead until further notice. This Kelvin Sampson-led club is one of the toughest, most efficient teams in the game, and one of the toughest opponents to boot. They routinely attack the offensive glass, thrive on second-chance opportunities, and crush teams with their methodical speed. With 31 wins to three losses in March Madness, this Houston team ranks No. 1 on multiple analytics sites and is the only team in the game with a top 11 offense and defense that has the offensive/defensive balance you need from a contender. In adjusted performance ratings.

Dennis Dodd

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Chip Patterson

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I started filling out my bracket knowing how unlikely it was for schools to win national championships. I know how impossible it is for a program to win a national championship, lose most of its primary rotation players, and then come back and compete for a national championship. But Kansas did, earning 17 Quad 1 wins, another Big 12 regular-season crown and a third No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I think the bracket breaks down favorably as UCLA deals with injury issues, and Kansas can match the styles needed with the likes of UConn or Gonzaga. From there it’s a fourth meeting with Texas in Houston, which should be epic, and then facing the winner of my confusion side, which has Arizona from the south and Duke from the east. The Blue Devils last nine games at No. Not playing like a No. 5 as they get healthy and the blue chip rookies are more comfortable in their roles. It’s an awkward draw for Purdue because of the Madison Square Garden setting — the building where Duke plays every year for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

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