NCAA Tournament 2013 preview: Midwest Region

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The Midwest region is widely regarded as the toughest region in the tournament. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to pick the winners in each round.

We’ll help you with that.

The team that is primed to pull off the round of 64 upset: Oregon

The Oregon Ducks won the PAC 12 title and their reward from the NCAA committee? They get dealt a 12 seed and a date with Oklahoma State. Though this is a tough matchup for the Ducks, getting a 12 seed after winning your conference should add a little incentive for them to prove how good they really are.

Neither team can score and in a grind out game, an upset can easily happen.

A top four seed that may not make it out of the 1st weekend: St. Louis

We have to pick St. Louis by default here. Though we don’t think they will fall to New Mexico State or the winner of Oklahoma State-Oregon, really don’t see the other 3 top seeds losing in the first weekend.

A team other than Louisville that can win the region: Michigan State

Tournament time is Tom Izzo time. We’ve seen him time and time again take a Spartans team that no one thinks is a Final Four team and guide them right to the Final Four. And there’s no reason to believe that he can’t do it again. Even if he’s been dealt the toughest region.

Who we’re taking in the round of 64:

  • Louisville over North Carolina A&T
  • Missouri over Colorado State
  • Oklahoma State over Oregon
  • Saint Louis over New Mexico State
  • Memphis over Saint Mary’s
  • Michigan State over Valparaiso
  • Creighton over Cincinnati
  • Duke over Albany

Who we’re taking in the round of 32:

  • Louisville over Missouri
  • Saint Louis over Oklahoma State
  • Michigan State over Memphis
  • Duke over Creighton

Sweet Sixteen winners:

  • Louisville over Saint Louis
  • Michigan State over Duke

Regional Champion:

  • Louisville

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