2010 Bracket Series: Midwest Region- 1st Round

Welcome to the TSX 2010 Bracket Series, covering the NCAA Tournament. We will cover all four regions and all 32 matchups in the field of 64. Winthrop lost to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the opening round game, and they will play Duke in the first round on Friday.

Here’s a quick look at the first round matchups and the advantages in the games on Thursday & Friday, starting with the #1 overall seed Kansas and the Midwest Region:

(1) Kansas vs. (16) Lehigh- good news for the Jayhawks: they are close to home; bad news for the Jayhawks: they are in their own house of horrors: the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, where they lost to a Patriot League team in 2005: the Bucknell Bison. Sure it’s a different team, but KU has had issues with Patriot League teams in the past, and they nearly were the first ever #1 seed to lose to a #16 in Holy Cross in 2002. It is something to keep in mind, but the Jayhawks should move on.

(8) UNLV vs. (9) Northern Iowa- The Missouri Valley has not had a win in the NCAA Tournament in three years. Northern Iowa has an opportunity to erase that with a victory over UNLV. With a stifling defense to boot, the Panthers should be facing KU in the 2nd round.

(5) Michigan State vs. (12) New Mexico State- Michigan State closed out struggling, but they are a tournament-tested team. No upset in this 12 over 5 game, and Sparty should move on at the end of the game.

(4) Maryland vs. (13) Houston- The Cougars should not have been here, and with the nation’s leading scorer in Aubrey Coleman, the Cougars will have a tall task of facing an experienced and fired up Maryland backcourt led by Greivis Vasquez. Maryland has the edge and should be the winner, but if Houston wins this game, do not be surprised.

(6) Tennessee vs. (11) San Diego State- UPSET ALERT! San Diego State is playing on fire right now. If Scotty Hopson of Tennessee has a NCAA Tournament like the SEC Tournament, the Volunteers will not move on. The Aztecs are not afraid of the big stage, and they have beat a top-10 team in New Mexico twice. Tennessee checked out in the SEC Tournament in getting shelled by Kentucky, and if they play like that, it’s an early exit, which may happen.

(3) Georgetown vs. (14) Ohio- Georgetown should move on with ease. All this team has to do is go inside to Greg Monroe. If he can assert himself and be aggressive, the Hoyas just may have enough for an Elite Eight run.

(7) Oklahoma State vs. (10) Georgia Tech- This is a game that can go either way. Both teams got hot at the end of the season, and James Anderson can light a scoreboard up, and Georgia Tech has a good frontcourt in Derrick Favors, and Gani Lawal. This is a game that can go either way. Do not be mad if you pick the loser in this game because it’s a toss-up.

(2) Ohio State vs. (15) UC-Santa Barbara- Evan Turner has a killer instinct like nobody has seen. The tournament run will determine what he wants to do for senior season. However, UCSB is no stranger to playing competitive, as in their last appearance in 2002 resulted in a near upset to Arizona. No giant killer here, as Ohio State moves on.

Next up on the bracket series: the East Region

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