Midwest region bracket breakdown

By Justin Kelley

1.UNC VS 16.Iona

There is absolutely no chance UNC loses in the first round, especially after beating the number one overall seed Duke twice. I look for Iona to struggle against UNC big three of Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Khobi White.

2.Kentucky VS 15. Abilene Christian

Abilene Christian led the Southland Conference in points allowed per game only allowing 63.1 points. Kentucky’s new found star PJ Washington should be able help Kentucky move past Abilene Christian.

3.University of Houston VS 14.Georgia State University

Georgia State looks to recreate magic from three years ago when they upset three seed Baylor in the 2016 Tournament. Houston’s dynamic duo of Corey Davis Jr. and Armoni Brooks will be to much for Georgia State, as Houston picks up a narrow win.

4.Kansas VS 13. Northeastern

This isn’t the usual Jayhawk team that would have double-digit seeds shaking in their boots before the game. Kansas is missing prominent players in Udoka Azubuike to injury, and Lagerald Vick is leaving to deal with personal matters. Northeastern will bring their A-game, and Vasa Pusica will probably score his season average of 17.8. I think Kansas will make key stops in the final seconds of the game to beat Northeaster.

5.Auburn VS 12.New Mexico State University

Auburn lately has looked like the best team in the country, knocking off Tennessee twice in the last two weeks. With that being said, a lot of people were shocked to see them paired with a talented New Mexico State University. NMSU are extremely good on the boards, grabbing nine more rebounds than their opponents. Though it will be a battle, Auburn’s Jared Harper will be the difference as Auburn moves on.

6. Iowa State VS 11.Ohio State University

At the end of the regular season, both of these teams were uncertain if they would be selected for the NCAA Tournament. Iowa State beat Kansas to win the Big Twelve Conference tournament sealing the six seed. For Ohio State they beat fellow bubble team in the second round of the Big Ten tournament, which help them seal the eleven seed. With all that being said, both teams will show their scrappines, and I think Ohio State will prevail.

7. Wofford University VS 10. Seton Hall

Wofford can flat-out play and could cause many problems for teams in following rounds of the tournament. A year ago Wofford beat UNC in Chapel Hill and went perfect in Southern Conference play this year. Though Wofford seems to be a somewhat of a favorite, Seton Hall has knocked of top teams this year. Knocking off higher seeded teams like Kentucky, Villanova and Marquette they seem poised to do it again. With that being Seton Hall’s experience should be enough for the upset.

8. Utah State University VS 9. University of Washington

It will be interesting to see if Washington can stop Utah State’s Sam Merrill, who averages 21.2 points per game. They will also have issues scoring inside against his teammate Neemias Queta who is a dominant shot blocker. With those two Utah State should have no problem handling Washington.