While nailing down 2023 NCAA Tournament upsets is a crucial component to building a winning 2023 March Madness bracket strategy, you also need to pick legitimate NCAA Tournament contenders to go deep in your 2023 NCAA bracket. There has never been an Elite Eight without at least one No. 1 seed, so it might not be wise to eliminate too many of the top seeds in the early rounds of the March Madness 2023 schedule. To further that trend, at least one No. 1 seed has reached the Final Four in 10 straight tournaments and 14 of the last 15.

However, only once in the last 12 tournaments did all four of the top seeds reach the Elite Eight (2016). Which No. 1 seed is the most trustworthy inclusion to go deep in your 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket? Before making any 2023 March Madness bracket predictions, be sure to check out the 2023 NCAA Tournament 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.

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

2023 March Madness bracket games to watch

One 2023 March Madness matchup to keep an eye on: Iowa vs. Auburn in the Midwest region. The Tigers began the season on an eight-game winning streak, but are entering the NCAA Tournament 2023 with just three wins in their last 10 outings. They fell to Arkansas in the second round of the SEC Tournament, but head coach Bruce Pearl has experience going deep in the Big Dance. Iowa is 5-5 in its last 10 games, losing to Ohio State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. Junior forward Kris Murray leads the Hawkeyes with 20.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Also in the Midwest Region, Miami (FL) vs. Drake figures to be yet another pivotal 5 vs. 12 matchup. The Bulldogs are poised to spring an opening-round upset, as they have gone 7-0 in neutral-site games this season. They have won 13 of their last 14 games, covering the spread in eight of their last nine outings. Miami has won nine of its last 11 games, but forward Norchad Omier is questionable to play due to an ankle injury. 

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The third matchup to watch is also in the Midwest Regional: No. 7 seed Texas A&M against No. 10 seed Penn State. Texas A&M won 19 of its final 23 games, finishing in second place in the SEC standings and being the runner-up to Alabama in the SEC Tournament. Penn State has won eight of its last 10 games, making this an enticing first-round affair. You can see how far all these teams go over at SportsLine.

How to make 2023 NCAA bracket predictions

How far will those major programs go? And which Cinderella 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 is calling this year before locking in any NCAA bracket picks.

So what's the optimal NCAA Tournament bracket 2023? And which March Madness underdogs will shock college basketball? Visit SportsLine now to see which teams you can back with confidence, all from the model that's nailed 18 upsets by double-digit seeds since its inception and beat over 92 percent of players two of the last four tournaments.

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