Skip to main content

Breaking Down the Bracket - Midwest Region

The Midwest bracket is host to the #1 team in the country, the University of Kentucky. This UK team might be the best and deepest team in NCAA history, as they are currently 34-0. They are led by two future top 10 and potential top 5 picks, 7 footers, Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.

However teams like Kansas, Notre Dame, Maryland and West Virginia will make it their mission to stop them from reaching the final four.

The 2 seed Kansas is coming their 11th consecutive Big 12 title as they are deep just like Kentucky. 10 players on the Jayhawks average 10+ minutes a game. Freshaman Cliff Alexander will likely miss the big dance while the NCAA investigates his eligibility. Kansas will rely heavily on their defense (holding opponents to 39.5% from the field) and junior Perry Ellis as he leds the team in points (13.8) and rebounds (7). The team will have to find their range from behind the arch if they want to make a deep run as they 10-71 from downtown over their last 6 games. Kansas will face New Mexico State and then the winner of Witchita State/Indiana before having a chance to meet with Notre Dame in the Sweet 16.

Speaking of Notre Dame, they have a first round matchup with Northeastern. Notre Dame has one of the best offenses in the entire nation. They rank 12th with 78.8 points per game and 2nd shooting 51% from the field. This team is led by senior Jerian Grant, who averages 16.8 points, 6.6 assists and 3 rebounds. Even if Grant has an off night, the Fighting Irish has 3 other guys who score 12 points a game - Pat Connaughton, Demetrius Jackson and Zach Auguste. If they get past Northeastern then they face will face the winner of Butler/Texas before their potential Sweet 16 match up with Kansas.

Which team has the best shot at keeping Kentucky out of the Final 4?

My Bracket

There are certainly some good teams in the Midwest, but lets be real, nobody is on Kentucky's level. Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee are several names you're going to hear and yes they all belong to Kentucky. Their depth is unreal and there is a reason they haven't lost this season.

March Madness Midwest Region Bracket

Bracket Busters

  • (4) Maryland
  • (5) West Virginia
  • (6) Butler
  • (11) Texas
Obviously if any team should beat Kentucky, they will destroy nearly all the brackets out there. People love Notre Dame this year, and more people picked them to make the Elite 8 than Kansas, so if Butler or Texas can knock them off, standings will change!

 Possible National Champions

  • (1) Kentucky
  • (3) Notre Dame

 Players To Watch

  • (1) Kentucky 
    • Karl-Anthony Towns (Potential 1st Round Pick) - 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 55% FG
    • Willie Cauley-Stein (Potential 1st Round Pick) - 9.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 58% FG
  •  (2) Kansas
    • Perry Ellis - 13.8 points, 7 rebounds
    • Frank Mason III - 12.3 points, 4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 40% 3pt
  •  (3) Notre Dame
    • Jerian Grant (Potential 1st Round Pick) - 16.8 points, 6.6 assists, 3 rebounds
    • Pat Connaughton - 12.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 43% 3pt
    • Zach Auguste - 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 60% FG
  •  (4) Maryland
    • Melo Trimble - 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 40% 3pt
    • Dez Wells - 15.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists
    • Jake Layman - 12.8 points, 5.9 rebounds
  • (5) West Virginia
  • (6) Butler 
  • (7) Wichita State
  • (8) Cincinnati

Possible Upsets in Round of 64

  • (12) Buffalo vs (5) Maryland
  • (11) Texas vs (6) Butler
  • (10) Indiana vs (7) Wichita State
  • (9) Purdue vs (8) Cincinnati