2010 Bracket Series- Midwest Region- 2nd Round

What a great first two days in the Midwest Region. The first day featured the upset of the tournament in this region, as Ohio U. knocked off Georgetown with a killer perimeter game. Kansas struggled with Lehigh early, but overcame the Mountain Hawks, but have a tough matchup with Northern Iowa, who beat UNLV. Tennessee overcame the upset bid from San Diego State, and will take on Ohio in the 2nd Round. Finally Georgia Tech is hot at the right time, but they will have a tough test against the Ohio St. Buckeyes on Sunday.

But enough with the recap, let’s look into the second round matchups.

(1) Kansas vs. (9) Northern Iowa- Kansas had a tough start against Lehigh, but were able to overcome it. If they get off to a slow start against a very good Northern Iowa team, they may not be able to recover as quickly. The Panthers have a lot of talent, and are a veteran bunch. Conversely, if the Jayhawks get hot at any moment in the game, they will win. That’s how good they are. Jayhawks win.

(4) Maryland vs. (5) Michigan State- Probably one of the better 2nd round matchups of the tournament. Greivis Vasquez and Kalin Lucas are two of the best point guards (and leaders) in the country. However, Michigan State has deeper tournament experience, and the advantage goes to the Spartans to move on into the Sweet 16.

(6) Tennessee vs (14) Ohio- Obviously this was not the matchup that one anticipated. Tennessee played well against San Diego State, and Scotty Hopson seems to have found his groove once again. However, if Ohio can hit 13 3-pointers again like they did against Georgetown, they may be the Cinderella of 2010. Will this happen? Probably not. Vols in Sweet 16.

(2) Ohio State vs. (10) Georgia Tech- Simple. Ohio State has Evan Turner, but Georgia Tech shut down Oklahoma State’s top scorer (and one of the nation’s tops) in James Anderson. If Turner disappears like Anderson, an upset is a brewing.

Next up: The East Region 2nd Round matchups.

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