The 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket games and pools are about to lock, and the time for picks and predictions has nearly come to a close. Now it’s time for sports fans across the country, and beyond, to buckle up for the madness that we celebrate every March. The official beginning of the tournament has already past with the First Four in Dayton, but for many Thursday’s wall-to-wall first round action marks the true beginning of the big dance.
The action will get started in Birmingham with No. 8 seed Maryland and No. 9 seed West Virginia, the undercard for the 2023 tournament debut of No. 1 overall seed Alabama, which will take the court in the second game from that site against No. 16 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In total Thursday’s action will feature 16 games from four different host sites, delivering non-stop thrills from this unique single-elimination championship for nearly 12 hours.
Thursday’s first-round action features three of the four No. 1 seeds in the field and there of the four No. 2 seeds as well. It also marks the NCAA Tournament debut for Duke in post-Mike Krzyzewski era as Jon Scheyer looks to guide the Blue Devils to the same championship heights he reached as a player, and enticing mid-bracket matchups like the meeting of two teams who just just finished as the runner-up to a No. 1 seed in their respective major conference tournaments with No. 7 seed Texas A&M taking on No. 10 seed Penn State.
But there’s so much more to dig into on a day where you will definitely need lots of screens, so let’s get into the key storylines for Thursday’s first round action.
No. 1 overall seed Alabama begins its quest for program glory
Alabama has never reached the Final Four, only making the Elite Eight once (2004) in 23 previous NCAA Tournament appearances dating back to 1975. But here Nate Oats stands, leading a team that went 29-5, hit to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 poll…
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Author : Chip Patterson
Publish date : 2023-03-16 01:45:18
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