MARCH MADNESS: MIDWEST

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Preview: The top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks find themselves in the toughest of the four regions and will have to rely on their experience and leadership if they want to make it to the Final Four for the second time in three years. Headlined by Big East finalist Georgetown and second-seeded Ohio State, the Midwest promises to provide some serious excitement in the early rounds. Evan Turner and the Buckeyes are Kansas’s biggest obstacle, and come into the tournament with plenty of momentum after winning the Big 10 tournament last weekend. Arguably the most intriguing first round match-up will come when Houston takes on Maryland – both teams are offensively minded and have players who can score at will. Look for Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez and NCAA leading scorer Aubrey Coleman to put up big numbers in a game that should come down to the wire.

Indy Bound: It’s hard to bet against Bill Self’s Jayhawks to make it to Indianapolis. The talent and veteran presence of guard Sherron Collins and big man Cole Aldrich will be too much to handle for any other team.

Dark Horse: Georgia Tech, a young team led by freshman standout Derrick Favors, was streaky throughout the season and has been living on the bubble since February. However, after barely making it into the Big Dance, the Yellow Jackets could heat up and pull off an upset or two.