NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament Second Round - Tennessee vs Ole Miss

Kansas will try to buck the trend of defending champions in the 2023 March Madness bracket. Since Florida repeated in 2007, no reigning champ has advanced past the Sweet 16 of the March Madness bracket. Kansas in 2016 that was the last overall No. 1 seed to advance past the Sweet 16, while Villanova (2017), Virginia (2018), Duke (2019) and Gonzaga (2021-22) have had short stays since then. The Jayhawks' 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket starts on Thursday vs. No. 16 Howard, and they hope it concludes at the 2023 Final Four.

Should recent history deter you from advancing the Jayhawks in your 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket picks? Before filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket 2023, be sure to see the 2023 March Madness bracket picks from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulated the entire 2023 NCAA Tournament 10,000 times. It has absolutely crushed its March Madness picks, beating over 92% of all CBS Sports brackets two of the last four tournaments. The model also nailed three teams in the West and South Region Sweet 16 last year, including No. 5 seed Houston.

It knows how to spot an upset as well. The same model has produced brackets that have nailed 18 first-round upsets by double-digit seeds. It also nailed some massive upsets two years ago, including predicting the championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor and hitting Houston's Midwest Region win even though the Cougars weren't the No. 1 seed.

There's no reason to rely on luck when there's proven technology to help you dominate your 2023 March Madness picks. Now, with the 2023 NCAA bracket revealed, the model is simulating the matchups and its results are in. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

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One of the East Region picks from the model: No. 2 seed Marquette survives and advances to the Elite Eight. The Golden Eagles were the regular season and conference tournament champions and won their last nine games and 14 of their last 15. Their overall body of work matches up with any other team in the NCAA Tournament 2023, as their .778 winning percentage (7-2 record) versus top 25 teams is the fourth-best in the nation (minimum five games).

Another surprise: No. 6 Kentucky makes the Sweet 16, despite an up and down season. Until this year's award winner is announced, UK still has the National Player of the Year in Oscar Tshiebwe, who again led the NCAA in rebounds. As a whole, UK has the third-highest rebounding margin in the country, a stat predicated to tourney success. Also, history is on the Wildcats' side to reach the Sweet 16, at least, as the only other time they were worse than a 5-seed under John Calipari, they reached the title game as an 8-seed in 2014. You can see the model's 2023 NCAA bracket picks here.

How to make 2023 NCAA bracket predictions

Who wins every tournament-defining matchup? And which teams will make surprising runs through the 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket? With the model's track record of calling bracket-busting upsets, you'll want to see which stunners it's calling this year before locking in any 2023 NCAA bracket picks.

So what's the optimal NCAA Tournament 2023 bracket? And which NCAA Tournament Cinderella teams will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which double-digit seeds you can back with confidence, all from the model that's called 18 upsets by double-digit seeds and beaten over 92% of CBS Sports brackets two of the last four tournaments.