After an exciting First Four in Dayton, we move on to our first day of Round of 64 action, starting with the Midwest region, headlined by the overall-number one seed, the Kansas Jayhawks. In a year where it has been a curse to be the first team in the AP Poll, Kansas has held its own since claiming the top spot from Baylor. The Big 12 champ gets a decently easy draw, although no draw with Duke and Kentucky will be safe. Also in this quarter are potentially up-setters Liberty and East Tennessee State, both hoping for a deep run. Let’s see who will advance to the Round of 32!
First Round: 1 Kansas v 16 Siena
First Round: 8 Houston v 9 Marquette
First Round: 5 Auburn v 12 Liberty
First Round: 4 Wisconsin v 13 North Texas
|13 North Texas||32||49||81|
First Round: 6 Iowa v 11 East Tennessee State
|11 E. Tennessee St||38||37||14||89|
First Round: 3 Duke v 14 Belmont
First Round: 7 Providence v 10 Arizona State
|10 Arizona State||35||32||67|
First Round: 2 Kentucky v 15 North Dakota State
|15 North Dakota St||31||42||11||84|
All Simulations from What If Sports.
Upsets galore in the Midwest to start the tournament! Could that give Kansas an easy path to the Final Four? Or are the Jayhawks next up on the chopping block? We shall find out Thursday when the Midwest bracket hits the court again, but until then, we still have three more quarters to go – with the West draw coming up later tonight and the other half of the bracket tomorrow.