The bracket for the 2023 NCAA Tournament has been revealed and experts have already started making their picks on which team will advance to the Final Four. One of the trendiest picks, according to Seth Davis, college basketball reporter for CBS Sports, is the UConn men’s basketball team coming out of the West Region.
UConn a Favorite to Go to the Final Four
Davis forecasted UConn to become a favorite in a tweet earlier this month, and he was right. LaPhonso Ellis, Seth Greenberg, and Rece Davis all picked UConn to go to the Final Four during the network’s bracket breakdown Sunday night.
Jay Bilas Picks UConn to Win It All
ESPN analyst and former Duke basketball player Jay Bilas took it one step further during the show. He selected the Huskies to win it all by beating Duke in the national title game. Davis also had UConn in the title game, but he picked Alabama to beat the Huskies for the championship. “I think The Conn cuts the nets down,” Bilas said.
Bilas Reconsiders UConn’s Fate
On Monday, Bilas picked every game in the NCAA Tournament in an ESPN.com piece. He explained that the Bracketology show gives analysts “five minutes to make picks.” So upon further review and with more than five minutes to reflect on the field, Bilas has UConn losing to Arizona in the national title game. However, he does have UConn beating Texas in the Final Four.
Bilas also Picks UConn Women’s Team to Advance to Final Four
Bilas holds the UConn women’s program in high regard as well. He selected the UConn women’s team to advance to the Final Four. Bilas stated his Final Four picks on ESPN’s Bracket Special, when he picked UConn, Stanford, South Carolina, and LSU to travel to Dallas. His reasoning behind the LSU selection? “I’m going with LSU because I’m afraid of Kim Mulkey,” Bilas joked.
UConn’s Favorable Draw
Bilas believes that UConn looked like a title team in November after being overlooked in the preseason polls. UConn still looks the same and received a favorable draw. By the Elite Eight, that favorable draw is over. The Texas big men are vastly improved, especially Dylan Disu, but UConn has Sanogo inside and Hawkins outside. UConn wins and sets up a date with Arizona in Houston.
In the Year of the Big Man
“In the Year of the Big Man, UConn’s big men should be the difference,” Bilas writes. The UConn men’s team has a strong chance to make it to the Final Four and potentially win it all.