March Madness: UCLA secures No. 2 seed, USC makes match

UCLA secured a No. 2 seed within the NCAA males’s basketball match Sunday and can play Fifteenth-seeded North Carolina-Asheville within the first spherical of the West Regional on Thursday because it continues its quest to win its first nationwide championship since 1995.

USC made the NCAA match as a No. 10 seed and can play No. 7 Michigan State within the first spherical of the East Regional in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday.

Fourteenth-seeded UC Santa Barbara (27-7), the Big West convention co-champion, will play No. 3 Baylor in a South Region showdown Friday in Denver.

The second-ranked Bruins (29-5) misplaced to Arizona within the Pac-12 match championship sport for the second straight yr Saturday, stifling their possibilities of touchdown a No. 1 seed within the NCAA match. USC (22-10) fell to Arizona State within the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 match.

Alabama, Houston, Kansas and Purdue have been the highest seeds in every respective area.

Here’s a rundown of the matchups for the First Four and the primary spherical of the 2023 NCAA match:


No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi/Southeast Missouri State

No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 West Virginia

No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 12 Charleston

No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 Furman

No. 6 Creighton No. 11 NC State

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 UC Santa Barbara

No. 7 Missouri vs. No. 10 Utah State

No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Princeton


No. 1 Houston vs. No. 16 Northern Kentucky

No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Auburn

No. 5 Miami vs. No. 12 Drake

No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 Kent State

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No. 6 Iowa State vs. Mississippi State/Pittsburgh

No. 3 Xavier vs. No. 14 Kennesaw State

No. 7 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Penn State

No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Colgate


No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Howard

No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Illinois

No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 12 VCU

No. 4 Connecticut vs. No. 13 Iona

No. 6 TCU vs. No. 11 Arizona State/Nevada

No. 3 Gonzaga vs. No. 14 Grand Canyon

No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 Boise State

No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 15 North Carolina-Asheville


No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 16 Texas Southern/Fairleigh Dickinson

No. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic

No. 5 Duke vs. No. 12 Oral Roberts

No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 13 Louisiana

No. 6 Kentucky vs. No. 11 Providence

No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 14 Montana State

No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 USC

No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 15 Vermont

This is a growing story. The Times can have extra on the NCAA match bracket quickly.