The 2010 NCAA Tournament - A User’s Guide to the Midwest Region.



Predicting the NCAA Tournament is the most difficult sport to prognosticate. The upsets are there but it’s almost impossible to select the correct games. The 2010 tourney may be even more difficult as parity has infiltrated college basketball. However, in the Midwest Region the higher seeds should dominate. Get ready to view the greatest spectacle in sports. The following is a guide for your office pools:

Favorites: There are three teams that could win the Midwest region- Kansas, Ohio State, and Georgetown. Kansas leads the Midwest region and is the likely favorites to cut the nets down in St. Louis on their way to Indy. Despite being slated as the #1 overall seed Kansas is in the toughest region. The Jayhawks will have their hands full in the 2nd round against the winner of UNLV/Northern Iowa. The Panthers of Northern Iowa are 28-4 in the tough Missouri Valley Conference. The #2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes are on a roll and are led by the best player in the nation in Evan Turner. # 3 Georgetown is extremely talented with versatile big man Greg Monroe. If they come to play they could make a trip to the Final Four.

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Possible Upsets: The UNLV/Northern Iowa is an 8 vs. 9 toss up but not a real upset either way. #10 Georgia Tech behind Derrick Favors will give # 7 Oklahoma State fits. This should be a back and forth tilt with the Pokes getting the victory behind stud SG James Anderson. For the Midwest bracket go with the chalk in the 1st round except for #11 San Diego State over #6 Tennessee. The Aztecs are very talented with four scorers in double figures including fabulous freshmen Kawhi Leonard.

Prediction: The Jayhawks will be challenged in the Sweet 16 by Maryland but will survive. Ohio State will go down to the wire in the 2nd round against Oklahoma State and prevail with Evan Turner making plays down the stretch. In the Sweet 16 OSU will get past a tough G-Town team and face Kansas in the regional finals. In what will be a very entertaining game, Kansas’ size and the point guard play of Sherron Collins will be the difference sending Kansas to the Final Four.


By Scott Dryden
DFN Sports Senior Staff Writer



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