Kansas, the Big 12 champion, is the top seed in
the Midwest region and earns a short trip to Omaha, Nebraska, for a
first-round game against Big Sky champion Portland State.
The marquee matchup in the Midwest region may be between
Number-6 Southern California and Number-11 Kansas State. It will
feature two of the nation's top freshmen Southern Cal's O.J. Mayo
and K-State's Michael Beasley.
Other Midwest games pit Number-8 UNLV against Number-9 Kent
State; Number-4 Vanderbilt against Number-12 Villanova; Number-2
Georgetown vs. 15 Maryland-Baltimore County; Number-7 Gonzaga vs.
Number-10 Davidson; and Number-3 Wisconsin vs. Number-14 Cal State