ผู้เขียน: เวลาปล่อย:2023-01-10 17:34

Will the Kansas Jayhawks become the first repeat champions in mens college basketball since Florida in 2006 and 2007? Thats among the questions to consider during the 2022-23 season as Division Is 360-plus teams are now marching to the 2023 NCAA tournament -- a journey that will end at Houstons NRG Stadium for the Final Four on April 1 and 3. ESPN will be there every step of the way with its 2023 bracket projections, evaluating the current state of the bubble and identifying the top seeds for the games showcase event.

Time to give it up for the defending national champions. Kansas, which grabbed the No. 1 overall seed in our last bracket, has widened the gap in what seems to be its annual place at the top of the field. If the Jayhawks remain in this position, it will mark 11 of the past 17 seasons in which theyve been a No. 1 seed. This is an outrageous accomplishment in the moden game, especially coming out of the ultra-competitive Big 12. We also welcome Alabama to the top line in this edition, with the Crimson Tide slipping ahead of UConn after the Huskies consecutive losses. There promises to be even more movement after the upcoming weekend of full conference play.

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ESPNs Bracketology efforts are focused on projecting the NCAA tournament field just as we expect the NCAA Division I basketball committee to select the field in March. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi uses the same data points favored by the committee, including strength of schedule and other season-long indicators, including the NET and team-sheet data similar to what is available to the NCAA, in his projections of the field. Visit the NCAAs website for a fuller understanding ofNCAA selection criteria.

The 68-team bracket is the standard version of the NCAA tournament field that has been in place since 2011. If the 2021 field is comprised of 68 teams, there will be some key differences to past years, however.

The primary adjustment from a normal year is, of course, the playing of the entire NCAA tournament at a single site. This eliminates the need for geographical considerations in seeding. Additionally, there will be at least one fewer automatic qualifier this season, as the Ivy Leagues decision to forgo the 2020-21 season reduces the number of AQ entries to 31 for this season.

In this projection, a condensed selection process would reduce the field by 10 at-large teams and 10 automatic qualifiers (the latter of which still receive a revenue unit). The top four seeds in each region would receive a bye into the second round, with four first-round games per region - 5 vs. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10 and 8 vs. 9 - being played without fans on the higher seeds home court.

To minimize travel, first-round pairings will be guided by geography to the greatest extent possible. And the reduced field results in only 32 teams competing at the central site. All participants must post a minimum .500 conference record - the Lunardi Rule - for at-large consideration.

In this projection, the committee selects and seeds the 16 best available teams. There are no automatic qualifiers, although all non-competing conference champions receive the designated revenue unit.

To maintain some sense of national balance, conference participation is capped at four teams. And no region shall have more than one team from the same conference.

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