2023 March Madness predictions: FOX Sports writers reveal tournament brackets (2024)

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Updated Mar. 15, 2023 7:19 p.m. ET

At this point, chances are you've probably filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket, gone back and forth about picking your favorite 12 vs. 5 upset, decided how far you want to advance your alma mater, and of course, finalized who you think will be the last team standing in Houston.

But as the under 24-hour mark hits and the idea of having to submit your final bracket picks becomes a reality, how about some predictions to help push your bracket to the finish line?

[March Madness Men's Bracket predictions, potential upsets, top matchups, more]

We asked FOX Sports college basketball writers John Fanta, Michael Cohen and Bryan Fischer to submit their full brackets ahead of Thursday, when the madness kicks into full gear.


Our experts all agreed on Alabama and Duke coming out of the South and East Region, respectively, while things get interesting in the West and Midwest.

Let's get to it.

John Fanta, college basketball broadcaster and reporter

Biggest first-round upset(s): No. 12 College of Charleston over No. 5 San Diego State, No. 12 Drake over No. 5 Miami

First No. 1 seed to lose: Purdue (round of 32 vs. Memphis)

Final Four: Alabama, Duke, Houston, Kansas

National champion: Kansas

"The Jayhawks are as battle-tested as anyone, and I don’t mind recent losses to Texas. Rather, it gives Bill Self and his staff the opportunity to adapt and retool. Kansas’ offense is so difficult to stop, and Jalen Wilson is the All-American who can will them to the crown. If Dajuan Harris Jr. can initiate the offense well and stay in a rhythm, I’m not picking against the defending national champions, who own 17 Quad 1 wins." - Fanta

[NCAA Tournament East Region Bracket: Predictions, upsets, Purdue handed a tall task]

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Michael Cohen, College football and basketball writer

Biggest first-round upset: No. 13 Kent State over No. 4 Indiana

First No. 1 seed to lose: Purdue (Sweet 16 to Duke)

Final Four: Alabama, Duke, Texas, Kansas

"Few teams will enter March Madness with as much confidence as Texas. The Longhorns ended their regular season by trouncing Kansas and then ran through the Big 12 Tournament to cut down the nets in Kansas City. The team they beat in the title game? Those same Kansas Jayhawks. A roster that is loaded with age, experience and balanced scoring — four players in double figures this season — might be peaking at exactly the right time." - Cohen

National champion: Alabama

[NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Bracket: Predictions, upsets, can Houston overcome adversity?]

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Bryan Fischer, College football and basketball writer

Biggest first-round upset: No. 13 Kent State over No. 4 Indiana

First No. 1 seed to lose: Purdue (round of 32 to Memphis)

"Matt Painter can’t be pleased that one of Purdue’s best shots at a national title ends up with them being placed against what is in my view the most dangerous of the No. 8 seeds after Memphis ran through the AAC Tournament to cut down the nets. The Tigers have beaten some really good competition (Houston and among them), have a slew of veteran leaders like Kendric Davis and DeAndre Williams, plus they’re red hot as of late. The Tigers should be more focused on the boards in the Big Dance and can go a little more up-tempo in order to get past a Boilermakers side that was really slumping in February against more athletic teams." - Fischer

Final Four: Alabama, Duke, Houston, Gonzaga

National champion: Alabama

[NCAA Tournament West Region Bracket: Predictions, upsets, who poses a threat to Kansas?]

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2023 March Madness predictions: FOX Sports writers reveal tournament brackets (2024)


Who are people picking to win the NCAA Tournament? ›

The AP No. 1 men's basketball team is far from a lock to win the NCAA tournament
YearSchool (record)Picked to win championship
2024UConn (31-3)26.15%
2023Alabama (29-5)15.22%
2022Gonzaga (26-3)30.26%
2021Gonzaga (26-0)38.84%
9 more rows
Apr 10, 2024

What are the odds of predicting the NCAA Tournament? ›

“Bracket math isn't an exact science, but for years mathematicians have told us that the odds of picking a perfect NCAA tournament bracket are a staggering 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that's 9.2 quintillion).

Who is favored to win the 2024 NCAA Tournament? ›

Not surprisingly, UConn, the No. 1 overall seed and reigning national champions, is the favorite (-195) to win the NCAA Tournament again. The Huskies are one of two top seeds still standing and the only team at minus odds in the futures market, pacing ahead of Purdue, NC State and Alabama.

Who is predicted to win March Madness 2024 women's? ›

The title game is set for the women's NCAA March Madness tournament. The South Carolina Gameco*cks will put their undefeated record on the line against Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes — and per usual, South Carolina is favored.

Who has the highest chance of winning the NCAA Tournament? ›

March Madness Odds: Latest Odds To Win 2025 NCAA Tournament
  • ⭐️ Duke has +1100 odds to win March Madness in 2024-25, the best among NCAA teams.
  • 🏆 UConn won its second consecutive national title over Purdue in 2024.
  • 🔥 Per FanDuel, UConn has a 7.1% chance to three-peat next season.
Apr 21, 2024

How many brackets had UConn winning? ›

A record 22.6 million brackets were filled out on ESPN's site, up 15% over last year. UConn was named the champion on 32.3% of brackets submitted on CBS' site, far away the most popular choice. Purdue was next at 12.3%, followed by Houston at 11.9% and North Carolina at 8.9%.

How much money do you get if you get a perfect bracket? ›

Key Facts. USA Today Sports will offer $1 million to any contestant who correctly fills out a perfect bracket—meaning they correctly choose the winner of all 67 games in the tournament on either the men's or women's side—and another $25,000 to the contestant with the best bracket.

What is 9.2 quintillion written out? ›

The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9.2 quintillion. Written out, that's 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — March Madness is officially here.

How many bracket outcomes are there? ›

Those odds are in play if every game was a coin flip – or a fair 50/50 shot. The amount of different possible outcomes comes out to exactly 9,223,372,036,854,775,808, according to the NCAA.

Who is more likely to win, UConn or Purdue? ›

The Huskies are 6.5-point favorites in the latest Purdue vs. UConn odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 143.5. Before making any UConn vs. Purdue picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

Is UConn favored to win the national championship? ›

Depending on the sports book, UConn is an early favorite to win a third straight NCAA title next year. Dan Hurley and the Huskies have opened as a +900 favorite to win the 2025 NCAA National Championship on ESPN BET and as a +1000 favorite on Caesars Sportsbook.

How likely is Purdue to win March Madness? ›

ESPN Analytics give the Huskies a slight edge in the national championship game, with the model predicting a 54.3% chance of a UConn win. The same model leaves Purdue with a 46.7% chance to win the title.

Will Caitlin Clark win the NCAA championship? ›

Clark leaves college without a title, having lost in the championship game these past two seasons. South Carolina forced her into 10 for 28 shooting. She finished with 30 points.

Who is predicted to win men's March Madness? ›

At the end of it all, though, we have a majority. Over 57% of our panelists are backing UConn to win the sport's first back-to-back national title since Florida did so in 2006 and 2007.

Who is the favorite for the women's Final 4? ›

2024 women's NCAA Tournament national title odds

It's not shocking to see South Carolina as the favorite to win this year's NCAA Tournament.

How do they decide who gets in the NCAA Tournament? ›

The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.

Is UConn favored to win March Madness? ›

2024 March Madness: NCAA Championship Game odds, lines

The Huskies are the favorites to win the NCAA Championship over the Boilermakers, according to BetMGM college basketball odds.

How often does the favorite win the NCAA Tournament? ›

Since seeding began in 1979, 26 No. 1 seeds have won 26 national championships, the most of any seed. The rest of the other seeds have combined for just 18 titles. That means 59.1% of national champions since 1979 were top seeds.

Is UConn men in the final four? ›

1 seed, the UConn Huskies, edged past No. 4 seed Alabama in the Final Four on Saturday at State Farm Stadium. It started out as a back-and-forth game for most of the first half and a large part of the second before UConn pulled away late in the game, winning their 11th straight NCAA tournament game by double-digits.


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