Bracketology 2023: 5 key matchups to watch on opening week

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Michigan State Basketball

Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the weekly Bracketology watchlist. Each week I will take a look at five games that should be on everyone’s radar for the upcoming week. Sometimes these games will be some of the most high-profile ones but sometimes they will be some games that have a big impact on a team’s season as they look toward March. When the bracket is revealed and we wonder why one team made the field and another didn’t, or why a team is seeded higher or lower than some expected, that seemingly innocuous November result can be just as meaningful as an early-round exit in a conference tournament.

Over the last few seasons college basketball has put more of an emphasis on having some marquee matchups early in the year to try and generate more interest in the midst of college football season.  It has worked two-fold for the sport, it has gotten the sport more early exposure without having to wait until January for more eyes to turn towards them. It also has begun to debunk the myth that the regular season in college basketball is meaningless.

Whether a game is in November or during championship week, they are all important, and in the end, have some ramifications for someone even it comes to postseason play. That is why the weekly watchlist will come to you from opening night until the week leading up to selection Sunday. So, enough rambling let’s get on with the games and look at the watchlist for the opening week of the season.

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