2012 NCAA Bracket Advice: Midwest
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2012 NCAA Bracket Advice: Midwest

1 North Carolina v. 16 Lamar/Vermont North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
8 Creighton v. 9 Alabama Creighton
5 Temple v. 12 Cal/South Florida Temple Temple
4 Michigan v. 13 Ohio Ohio
6 San Diego State v. 11 NC State NC State Georgetown Georgetown
3 Georgetown v. 14 Belmont Georgetown
7 St. Mary's v. 10 Purdue St. Mary's Kansas
2 Kansas v. 15 Detroit Kansas

Midwest Region:

Key to the region…Will North Carolina show up on both ends of the court for 40 minutes. When the Tar Heels get after it with legitimate effort, sight to behold. Yet far too often they lack intensity especially on defense, almost as if they believe they can win on sheer talent alone. You know what, UNC often can…but not in this tournament.

Round of 64 upset: Ohio (13) over Michigan (4)…Wolverines coach John Beilein has proven NCAA Tournament credentials and a stud but youthful backcourt, but also a woeful rebounding squad. Meanwhile the Bobcats defend the three and remember what it felt like to rock No. 3 seed Georgetown in 2010. Ohio State fans will loooooove this result

Others: NC State (11) over San Diego State

Player to watch: Otto Porter, Georgetown… Silly Big East coaches. First, in the preseason they predict the Hoyas will finish 10th in the conference. Yeah, not so much. Then after the regular season, they pass on Porter for the conference all-freshman team despite the poised 6-foot-8 forward being arguably one of the elite first-year players in the country. The Hoyas leading rebounder has taken on greater responsibility as a scorer and ball handler; seemingly tracks down every loose ball; and is one the team's many long-armed defenders. Should the Hoyas make a run deep run, you can expect Porter's fingerprints all over it to the point everyone will notice..

Others: Juan Fernandez (Temple), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Jeff Withey (Kansas), Tyler Zeller (North Carolina)

Sweet 16 matchups: North Carolina over Temple, Georgetown over Kansas…The Tar Heels will labor against the Owls three-headed veteran backcourt, but too much inside presence with ACC Player of the Year Zeller and John Henson. Alas, the Roy Williams versus Kansas matchup will not take place courtesy of Georgetown's lengthy defenders. The Hoyas youthful roster hung tough with the Jayhawks in their third game of the season before losing. The kids have grown up as has senior center Henry Sims, who is coming off a stellar run in the Big East Tournament, enough to make Kansas' all-American candidate Thomas Robinson work hard on both ends of the court.

And going to the Final Four… North Carolina. Sure, the Tar Heels have potent size, but the Hoyas can match it. Sure, UNC small forward Harrison Barnes can carry the offense with an array of outside bombs, but the Hoyas led the nation in 3-point field goal defense. What Georgetown will not have an answer for is UNC point guard Kendall Marshall, who squares off against his high school teammate and the Hoyas leading scorer Jason Clark…North Carolina 76-70, Marshall named the region's most outstanding player.




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