2010 March Madness Bracket: How the Midwest Bracket Will Play Out
Kansas gained the #1 overall ranking in the tourney. But they'll have to win some tough games in their pursuit of the championship. Ohio State is the best #2 seed, Georgetown and Tennessee both have wins over #1 seeds (Duke and Kansas), and Oklahoma State (who also beat Kansas) can beat anyone if James Anderson is stroking it. O ya, and Michigan State is no slouch.
#1 Kansas-#16 Lehigh
Kansas wins: Kansas will take care of business as a one seed should in the first round. Lehigh will be no match for Sherron Collins and co. This will probably end up being a laugher. I'm talking a possibility of a 40 point demolition.
#8 UNLV-#9 Northern Iowa
UNLV wins: The Runnin' Rebels will show why they are the higher seed and beat Northern Iowa. UNLV has a much more impressive resume, playing in a top mid-major conference, the Mountain West. The Missouri Valley can't touch the MWC. Also, the Rebels have a good non-conference win over Louisville. UNLV will win this one by double digits.
#5 Michigan State-#12 New Mexico State
Michigan State wins: Kalin Lucas will lead the Spartans past the Aggies. Michigan State has too much depth and talent to lose to New Mexico State. This won't be too much of a blowout. It could be competitive for a while, until Kalin Lucas takes over.
#4 Maryland-#13 Houston
Maryland wins: This a very intriguing match up. Maryland features one of the best all around players in the nation in Greivis Vasquez and the Cougars boast the top scorer in the country in Aubrey Coleman. On paper, this looks like a sure win for the Terps. But Houston could score with the best of them. If they could keep pace with Maryland on the offensive side of the ball, this one could be an exciting game. Though, I don't really see Maryland losing this one.
#6 Tennessee-#11 San Diego State
Tennessee wins: The Vols will take this one in what should be a hard fought game. Tennessee better have some short term memory loss and wipe out that embarrassing loss to Kentucky on Saturday. Wayne Chism has to step up and lift his team by the Aztecs, or else this could be an upset in the making.
#3 Georgetown-#14 Ohio
Georgetown wins: If Austin Freeman is stroking it like he was against West Virginia, this will be a 30+ point laugher. If not, it will be a 25+ point blowout. Ohio sneaked into the tourney with a lucky run in the MAC tournament. With the Hoyas playing the basketball they are right now, they should roll in this one.
#7 Oklahoma State-#10 Georgia Tech
Oklahoma State: This game will simply be awesome. The inside duo of Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors is one of the most formidable frontcourts you'll find in the country. James Anderson is as good a scorer as you'll find in the country. This will be a close one throughout, but I see there being too much James Anderson down the stretch for the Yellow Jackets to handle.
#2Ohio State-#15 UCSB
Ohio State wins: Ohio State may feel like they were snubbed of a one seed. They'll make the Gachos pay. Jon Diebler will hit threes, Dallas Lauderdale will controlthe paint, and Evan Turner will, well, do everything else. The only victory UCSB could possibly get is losing by less to Ohio State than Lehigh will lose to Kansas.
#1 Kansas-#8 UNLV
Kansas wins: UNLV will put up a good fight, but the Jayhawks will be in cruise control to the Sweet Sixteen. The Rebels don't have anyone who could size up to Cole Aldrich and simply don't have the depth and talent that Kansas has. This will be somewhere in the teens most likely.
#4 Maryland-#5 Michigan State
Maryland wins: I see the Terps winning this one pretty handily. Greivis Vasquez will lead his Maryland squad to the Sweet Sixteen right past Michigan State. I don't see the Spartans taking down a very talented Maryland team, especially if Vasquez is stroking it.
#3 Georgetown-#6 Tennessee
Georgetown wins: The Vols will not be able to size up to Greg Monroe. His presence down low will lead to a downpour of three's from Austin Freeman. I don't see this one being too competitive, considering the recent success of the Hoyas.
#2 Ohio State-#7 Oklahoma State
Ohio State wins: Ohio State as too much firepower for the Cowboys to handle. Oklahoma State will stay in the game as long as James Anderson is hot, but he could only be dynamite for so long. The Buckeyes advance on to the next round.
#1 Kansas-#4 Maryland
Kansas wins: The depth of Kansas will hit the Terps real hard. Cole Aldrich will have another big game and lead the Jayhawks into the Elite Eight. This will be a solid game, but Kansas will prevail.
#2Ohio State-#3 Georgetwon
Ohio State wins: This will be a sure popcorn matchup. So if and when these teams meet, get on your couch and enjoy. This will be a duel of the starting lineups since neither team is especially deep. The Buckeye's starters will outlast the Hoyas' starters in a thriller.
#1 Kansas-#2 Ohio State
Ohio State wins: Ah.... The game everyone is anticipating. Goliath VS. Goliath. For this one, you better bring twice as much popcorn as you brought to the Buckeyes-Hoyas game. Bring an extra couch and throw in some beers. And watch the Buckeyes pull this one out behind the almighty Evan Turner. The should be National Player of the Year leads Ohio State as they advance to the Final Four.