College Basketball Teams Ineligible for the 2023 NCAA Tournament

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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Dec 08, 2022, 1:06 PM
  • Eleven teams are ineligible as they transition to Division I.
  • Two other teams are effectively ineligible as independents.

There are 363 college basketball teams competing in the 2022-23 NCAA Division I men’s basketball season. But not all 363 teams are competing for a berth in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Nine teams were officially ineligible for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Two more teams, James Madison and UIC, were unofficially ineligible after respective conferences at the time – CAA and Horizon League, respectively – banned them from the conference tournaments as a punitive punishment for impending departures to the Sun Belt and Missouri Valley, respectively, which effectively rendered them helpless in earning bids into the 68-team field.

Which teams are ineligible for the 2023 tournament?

Teams Ineligible for the 2023 NCAA Tournament

Eleven teams are officially ineligible for the 2023 NCAA Tournament, all of which are ineligible as they transition to Division I:

  • Bellarmine
  • Lindenwood
  • Merrimack
  • Queens (NC)
  • Southern Indiana
  • St. Thomas 
  • Stonehill
  • Tarleton
  • Texas A&M-Commerce
  • UC San Diego
  • Utah Tech

Two more teams are unofficially ineligible as they play the 2022-23 season as independents, Chicago State and Hartford. Both teams are buried in the NET Rankings and have no realistic chance of earning an at-large bid on Selection Sunday.

Chicago State announced in January 2021 its plan to leave the WAC, a move that officially happened in June 2022. The school, however, hasn’t announced a future conference for its 15 NCAA sports, including men’s basketball. 

As part of Hartford’s transition to Division III – which began during the 2021-22 academic year, their final year in the America East – the Hawks will play this season as an independent before moving to the Commonwealth Coast Conference in 2023-24.

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.