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Bracket talk: Midwest Region

Compiled by Times staff writers Greg Auman, Antonya English, Izzy Gould, Brian Landman and Bob Putnam.

Bad-luck state?

Ohio State's draw as a No. 2 seed isn't too bad, but the location leaves something to be desired. Wisconsin isn't a good state for the Buckeyes, who have lost seven straight games at the Badgers in Madison.

Bad-luck state, Part II

Top-seeded Kansas has lost only two games this season, but it could face one of those teams in the region final if seventh-seeded Oklahoma State can pull off an upset or two.

The Jayhawks play their first weekend at Oklahoma City. The last time they played an NCAA gamethere? They were knocked off by 13th-seeded Bucknell in the first round in 2005.

Second-round showdown

Is it better to enter the tournament on a tear or coming off a wake-up call? We'll find out in the second round if sixth-seeded Tennessee — which lost by 29 to Kentucky in the SEC tournament — faces third-seeded Georgetown, which knocked off Syracuse and Marquette before losing at the buzzer to West Virginia in the Big East title game.

He does a little of everything

Kansas' Sherron Collins and Ohio State's Evan Turner are the best-known players in the region, but keep an eye on Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, who led the Terrapins with 19.5 points per game but also led the ACC with 6.3 assists and chipped in 4.6 rebounds. Duke nipped them for the ACC title, but beware the Terrapins.

Learn his name now

Looking for an up-and-coming small-school coach on the rise? Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson is only 39, but he has taken the Panthers to back-to-back NCAA appearances and already has an 87-42 record in four years at UNI. His background is small-school — he played at North Dakota — but he could be moving to a big-time program soon.

Bracket talk: Midwest Region 03/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, March 14, 2010 11:38pm]

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