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Midwest Regional Breakdown: Kansas Looks to Have the Easiest Region

21 March 2017

Here's a quick look at what you need to know about the Midwest Region. The Wildcats are seeded seventh in their Lexington region, and will face Drake Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Backcourt mate Devonte' Graham is also a capable playmaker, and perhaps most important for head coach Bill Self's team, both players are still smarting from last year's collapse against Villanova. Whoever is fortunate enough to win a couple of games gets a chance to play in Kansas City.

In Tulsa, Baylor and New Mexico State kick things off Friday at 11:40 a.m. SMU and either Providence or USC will follow. Louisville won't have an easy time of it in the second round against the victor of the Michigan-Oklahoma State game. The Mustangs own one of the best defenses in the country, holding opponents to 59.4 points per game. Evans, who averaged 19 points with 6.2 assists on the season, became an school legend by scoring 16 consecutive points in a massive win over arch-rival Oklahoma. It's going to be a great experience for our team.

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In the ACC tournament the Duke Blue Devils won it all with what Coach K called "uncommon winning". The Tar Heels have arguably the best front court in the country and inarguably lead the nation in offensive rebounding.

With a victory against Bucknell, West Virginia would play No. 5 Notre Dame or No. 12 Princeton for a spot in the Sweet 16.

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Kansas will play the victor of N.C. Central-UC-Davis first (The Eagles have arguably the most experience team in the country with nine seniors) and then will have a tough game against either Michigan State or Miami.

No. 9 seed Michigan State has been to 20 straight NCAA tournaments.

They were the regular season champions in an admittedly down Big Ten, which is saying something since that conference is trash in the first place.

Nevada F Jordan Caroline: The son of former National Football League star Simeon Rice, Caroline transferred from Southern Illinois after a solid freshman year and has helped the Wolf Pack get over the top in the Mountain West. We've seen the Jayhawks rally.

Iowa State will make its 17th NCAA Tournament and 10th in the last 11 seasons.

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Oklahoma State. If you could imagine a team with a 20-12 record making a serious run, consider the 10th-seeded Cowboys, who are regarded by most analysts as being a genuine top-25 team.

If Iowa State advanced to the Sweet 16, the Cyclones could play top-seeded Kansas. Tim Cluess-coached teams can score at will, and even though Iona has no one to match up with Dillon Brooks, Boucher's absence should enable the Gaels to attack the bucket.

Oklahoma State will open against No. 7 seed MI (24-11) in the first round in Indianapolis. His season averages would seem to back it up: 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.0 steals.

Obviously Kansas is the favorite, with Louisville and OR rounding things out. Third-seeded OR or sixth-seeded Creighton could be waiting in the Sweet 16.

Kansas Jayhawks guard Frank Mason III (0) waves to fans before receiving the trophy for player of the year before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Big 12 Championship Tournament at Sprint Center. The Bulldogs feature four players who average in double figures, led by Lizzy Wendell, who averages 21.1 points per game.

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Midwest Regional Breakdown: Kansas Looks to Have the Easiest Region