BRACKET BREAKDOWN: Jan. 13th

Jon Rothstein
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Who’s ready for a new weekly column?

Between now and Selection Sunday, each Friday I’ll give a “BRACKET BREAKDOWN” with my 68 projected teams for the 2023 NCAA Tournament along with my Top 16 seeds as well as emerging trends.

The team who is currently in first place in their respective conference will be listed as that league’s “automatic qualifier”.

The Current Field

Atlantic Sun (1)
Stetson (AQ)

America East (1)
UMass Lowell (AQ)

American Athletic Conference (2)
Houston (AQ), UCF

Atlantic 10 (1)
Dayton (AQ)

ACC (6)
Clemson (AQ), Miami, Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, NC State

Big 12 (9)
Kansas (AQ), Kansas State, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, TCU, West Virginia, Oklahoma

Big East (5)
Providence (AQ), Xavier, Marquette, Creighton, UConn

Big Sky (1)
Eastern Washington (AQ)

Big South (1)
Longwood (AQ)

Big Ten (10)
Wisconsin (AQ), Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Penn State, Rutgers, Iowa, Maryland

Big West (1)
UC Santa Barbara (AQ)

CAA (1)
Charleston (AQ)

Conference-USA (1)
Florida Atlantic (AQ)

Horizon League (1)
Milwaukee (AQ)

Ivy League (1)
Princeton (AQ)

MAAC (1)
Siena (AQ)

MAC (1)
Kent State (AQ)

MEAC (1)
Norfolk State (AQ)

Missouri Valley (1)
Indiana State (AQ)

Mountain West (2)
San Diego State (AQ), New Mexico

NEC (1)
Fairleigh Dickinson (AQ)

OVC (1)
SIU Edwardsville (AQ)

Pac-12 (3)
UCLA (AQ), Arizona, Arizona State

Patriot League (1)
Colgate (AQ)

SEC (6)
Alabama (AQ), Missouri, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas

Southern (1)
Samford (AQ)

Southland (1)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (AQ)

SWAC (1)
Southern (AQ)

Summit (1)
Oral Roberts (AQ)

Sun Belt (1)
Troy (AQ)

WCC (2)
Gonzaga (AQ), Saint Mary’s

WAC (1)
Utah Valley (AQ)

First Four Out

Utah, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Nevada

Top 16 Seeds

1: Kansas, Purdue, Alabama, Houston
2: UConn, UCLA, Arizona, Tennessee
3: Gonzaga, Iowa State, Xavier, Kansas State
4: Texas, Virginia, Marquette, Miami

Five Things To Know

  • Purdue currently has more Quad 1 wins — six — than any other team in college basketball.
  • Kentucky’s loss to South Carolina on Tuesday at Rupp Arena was a Quad 4 defeat. The Wildcats currently do not have a Quad 1 win on their resume entering Saturday’s game at Tennessee. 
  • The Big East currently has five teams — UConn, Xavier, Marquette, Creighton, and Providence — ranked in the Top 32 of the NET. Seton Hall is the next highest rated team from this conference at 69. 
  • Virginia Tech has lost five straight games and is no longer in the bracket above. The last four losses have come with Hunter Cattoor (9.6 points) out of the lineup due to a forearm injury. Cattoor was last season’s ACC Tournament MVP. 
  • As of today, every single Big 12 road victory still equals a Quad 1 win.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and a contributor to the CBS Broadcast Network since 2016. He joined FanDuel in 2022 as a Content Creator. Rothstein is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks.

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