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Tagline Sports College Basketball Tournament: Round of 64 – Midwest

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

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1 Kansas394786
16 Siena253863
Jayhawks Cruise in Opener

First Round:    8 Houston v 9 Marquette

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8 Houston264571
9 Marquette315485
Marquette Shows Their Scoring Prowess in Dominating Fashion

First Round:    5 Auburn v 12 Liberty

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5 Auburn323870
12 Liberty265278
Flames Open Up the Upsets with 2nd Half Win Over Auburn

First Round:    4 Wisconsin v 13 North Texas

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4 Wisconsin363672
13 North Texas324981
Wisconsin Defense No Match in 2nd Half again North Texas

First Round:    6 Iowa v 11 East Tennessee State

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6 Iowa35401085
11 E. Tennessee St38371489
Late Hawkeyes Buzzer Forces Overtime; Comes Up Short Against ETSU

First Round:    3 Duke v 14 Belmont

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3 Duke524799
14 Belmont433982
Three Point Barrage Lifts Duke to the Win

First Round:    7 Providence v 10 Arizona State

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7 Providence453782
10 Arizona State353267
The Friars Continue to Show Off with Huge Win over Arizona State

First Round:    2 Kentucky v 15 North Dakota State

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2 Kentucky3637881
15 North Dakota St31421184
Fouls Turn to Trouble for Kentucky in Overtime Upset to the Bison

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.

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