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Who is Northwestern playing in the second round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament bracket?

Northwestern has won their first round matchup and has advanced to the second round. We take a look at who their next opponent will be in 2023 March Madness.

Boo Buie #0 of the Northwestern Wildcats shoots a layup under Tyson Degenhart #2 of the Boise State Broncos during the first half in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 16, 2023 in Sacramento, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

UPDATE: UCLA crushed UNC Asheville to advance and face Northwestern. The second-round matchup will tip off at 8:40 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The No. 7 Northwestern Wildcats pulled away from the No. 10 Boise State Broncos in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Boo Buie led the Wildcats to a 75-67 victory and will look to build on that in the second round.

2023 March Madness bracket

Who is Northwestern playing in second round?

The Wildcats will face the winner of Thursday’s matchup between the No. 2 UCLA Bruins and No. 15 UNC Asheville Bulldogs. We’ve already seen one 2/15 upset on Thursday, so the Bulldogs certainly have a chance. The second-round game will take place on Saturday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA.

Northwestern has never faced UNC Asheville, and has four games under their belts against UCLA. It’s a sporadic history, but it’s a history. The two teams faced off for the first time in December 1948 with the Wildcats winning 64-58. UCLA has won the next three games, including the most recent in November 2013.