Back in November, 350 teams started the season with the aim of operating by way of March Madness and winning the 2023 national championship. Right after the field of teams chasing a title was lowered to 68, it was whittled down to 64 teams nonetheless alive in the NCAA Tournament.

Now all that is left is to make your picks!

Our CBS Sports specialists have spent months preparing for this precise moment. We’ve broken down the tape, watched the leading players and compiled all the intel important to aid guide you by way of creating your bracket. From the No. 1 teams to the No. 16 seeds, we have you covered across all 68 teams, all 65 games and all 3 weeks of the tournament. 

The CBS Sports college basketball group has filled out its specialist brackets, so consider of this as a cheat sheet to help you in winning your pool. (Copy all you want we will not judge.) We’re right here to serve you, and our expertise is your expertise. Just know, if we’re appropriate and make the right picks, we are certainly accountable and want credit (tweet us!). And if not, effectively, we take zero blame. Thems the guidelines. 

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OK, sufficient with the enjoyable stuff. On to the brackets …  

2023 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions

Gary Parrish

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A terrific coach, fantastic guards, knowledgeable players and NBA talent are normally what it requires to win a national title. Houston checks just about every box thinking of Kelvin Sampson is a terrific coach, Jamal Shead and Marcus Sasser are fantastic guards, 4 of Houston’s leading 5 scorers are non-freshmen, and Sasser and Jarace Walker really should each be initially-round NBA Draft picks. Am I concerned about Sasser’s groin injury? Confident, a small. But assuming he’s OK, I consider Houston is far better equipped than anyone else to win six games in this bracket and reduce nets on the initially Monday evening in April.

Matt Norlander

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I am going storybook. I am going Houston to do what hasn’t been carried out considering the fact that 1972: a group winning the national championship in its property city (UCLA did it in ’68 and ’72). I am going Houston to do this, with UH alumnus Jim Nantz on the mic for the final NCAA Tournament get in touch with of his Hall of Fame profession. But I am undertaking this, most of all, simply because Houston has rated as the most effective group in college basketball in just about every mainstream sophisticated analytic metric for months. The proof is in. It is no assure this group even reaches the Final 4, but it is the most effective candidate. And if Marcus Sasser’s groin challenge can subside, it indicates the Cougars will have a nasty 3-guard attack, a future lottery choose (Jarace Walker) and a coach (Kelvin Sampson) who took this college to the largest stage just two years ago. They have the pedigree, talent, size, strength and toughness to do this.

As for Purdue, it is got the most effective player in college basketball. Painter is appropriate up there with Sampson on the quick list of most effective coaches in the game. I think the Boilers finish their March hex this year and lastly break by way of to their initially Final 4 in 43 years, undertaking so with a heroic/dominant run from Zach Edey in the course of action. I will maintain it quick on my other two Final 4 teams: Gonzaga has the most effective offense in college hoops and has rated as the most effective group nationally for a month. Creighton has one particular of the eight-ten most effective beginning fives in the sport and checks just about every box for what you want in a Final 4 group: practical experience, defense, shooting, NBA athleticism, higher-level point guard play, a actually fantastic coach. There will be a non-1/two/three seed that breaks by way of. Why not Creighton?

Kyle Boone

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The overall health of star guard and top scorer Marcus Sasser could bring about doubt to creep into your thoughts about the Cougars’ probabilities, but really should he return at complete strength, Houston really should be regarded as the frontrunner till additional notice. This Kelvin Sampson-led club is the toughest, most effectively-rounded group in the sport and the most grueling matchup for opposing teams to boot. They routinely rake on the offensive glass, thrive on second-opportunity possibilities and grind teams down with their methodical pace. With 31 wins to just 3 losses getting into March Madness, this Houston group prices No. 1 across a number of analytics web sites and has the requisite offensive/defensive balance you want from a contender as the only group in the sport with a leading-11 offense and defense in adjusted efficiency ratings.

David Cobb

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Alabama struggled in its final 4 frequent season games just after revelations about star freshman Brandon Miller’s connection to a fatal shooting became public. But the Crimson Tide regained their composure at the SEC Tournament and beat 3 NCAA Tournament teams by double-digits on their way to a title. With veteran guards, elite wings/forwards and a rim protector down low in Charles Bediako, this group lacks absolutely nothing. When the program’s handling of an off-court scandal has clearly been questionable, the group has additional talent than any in college basketball.

Jerry Palm

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Alabama could not have been my selection for the all round No. 1 seed, but they undoubtedly got a good draw. The South Area attributes the weakest two and 4 seeds and a 3 seed that is struggling late in the season. When they get to the Final 4, I anticipate Brandon Miller to take more than and lead Bama to its initially national title. Gonzaga did not have a frequent season that lived up to the requirements we are utilized to from them. Right after the loss at Saint Mary’s, points changed. The Zags backcourt play enhanced in distinct and they are now on a roll getting into the NCAA Tournament. I anticipate that roll to continue all the way to Houston.

Dennis Dodd

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Chip Patterson

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I began filling out my bracket recognizing how unlikely it is for schools to win a national championship and then run it back. I also know how unlikely it is for a plan to win a national championship, drop most of the major rotation players and then come back and compete for a national championship. But that is precisely what Kansas has carried out, notching a record 17 Quad 1 wins, an additional Huge 12 frequent season crown and earning the third No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I consider the bracket breaks favorably, as UCLA is dealing with injury difficulties and Kansas can match designs with the likes of UConn or Gonzaga based on what is necessary. From there it is a fourth meeting with Texas, in Houston, which really should be epic and then facing the winner of my chaos side which has Arizona out of the South and Duke out of the East. The Blue Devils have not been playing like a No. five seed more than the final nine games, as they’ve gotten healthier and the blue chip freshmen have gotten even additional comfy in their roles. It is a terrible draw for Purdue, produced even worse by the Madison Square Garden setting — a creating Duke plays in just about every year — for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

Josh Nagel

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Tim Doyle

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