NCAA Tournament: Five Teams that can win the Midwest

As expected, Kansas is the top seed in the Midwest Regional and heads to Tulsa

Kansas, Louisville and a lot of rich potential in NCAA tournament Midwest Region

Kansas State is 5-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament in Manhattan.

Are there teams buried within the region that can derail Kansas' run at the Final Four?

The Baylor-New Mexico victor will face No. 6 seed SMU (29-4) or the victor of the First Four game featuring Providence and USC.

And Kansas has lost in the NCAA Tournament to a lower-seeded team nine times in the past 12 seasons. This year, Montana State avenged that by defeating Idaho State in the Big Sky championship game. No. 2 seed Louisville Jacksonville State has won and covered in four straight, including two outright upsets, heading into the tournament.

Sick of hard-hitting analysis of the 2017 NCAA Tournament? Mason became the first Kansas player to lead the Big 12 in scoring (20.5 points per game) since Wayne Simien in 2004-05. KU Head Coach Bill Self and the team are eager to hit the practice floor tomorrow.

After losing in the Big 12 Tournament title game, the Mountaineers will open against No. 13 seed Bucknell (26-8) on Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. Both won their Missouri Valley Conference titles and post-season tournaments. Now, it is time for the Wildcats to just play basketball.

The Jayhawks were to watch the first half of Wednesday's play-in game between UC Davis and North Carolina Central at the team hotel and the second half while eating dinner at an undisclosed location. Second-seeded Arizona and No. 3 seed Florida State are on the other side of the bracket.

Fourth-seeded Purdue won the Big Ten by two games before falling in the conference quarterfinals to MI. Freshman shooting guard Josh Jackson combines with Mason to create a tandem which averages slightly better than 37 points a game. "And we're not just going there and saying 'Hey, we're a mid-major, we're in this tournament.' We're going there to win".

Iowa State will make its 17th NCAA Tournament and 10th in the last 11 seasons.

Monte Morris, Iowa State guard (6-3, 175): The first-team all-Big 12 selection averages 16.3 points, 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Iowa State fans travel really well. Tim Cluess-coached teams can score at will, and even though Iona has no one to match up with Dillon Brooks, Boucher's absence should enable the Gaels to attack the bucket. I think previous year it helped us go out there motivated, ready to go. The Wolverines rank at the bottom of the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense, and 3-point percentage defense.

Michigan's senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. leads with 15 points and 4.6 assists per game.

The Jayhawks are staying at the same hotel they stayed at in 2011, when they won two games in Tulsa. Mitchell is averaging 15.7 points per game this season, but Louisville is 7-2 when he tops the 20-point mark. Third-seeded OR or sixth-seeded Creighton could be waiting in the Sweet 16.

No. 10 seed Oklahoma State plus-2.5 vs. The question is how much they have left after winning four games in four days in Washington, D.C. If there is plenty remaining in the tank, then they have more than enough offensive firepower to keep pace with Oklahoma State and severely challenge Louisville's defense.

Looking for any possible edge entering his final March Madness, Kansas fifth-year senior forward Landen Lucas has been breaking down tape of one of the greatest teams in Jayhawk basketball history: the 2008 NCAA champs. It's the second time the BOK Center has hosted games.

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