2022 March Madness Sweet 16 Bracket Midwest Region Breakdown & Preview

2022 March Madness Sweet 16 Bracket Midwest Region Breakdown & Preview

Barry Devoe
2 years ago
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Christian Braun (2) reacts after a basket against the Creighton Bluejays in the Round of 32 in the 2022 Men's Division One basketball Tournament.

The top half of March Madness' Midwest Region has been chalk through the first two rounds, but that isn’t the case at all in the bottom half of the bracket. The top seed is still alive in the Midwest, but there are also a pair of double-digit seeds that are looking to reach the Final Four.

The first Sweet 16 game in the Midwest Region will feature the Kansas Jayhawks taking on the Providence Friars .These two teams are the favorites to win the Midwest, but one will be eliminated on Friday night.

It is Miami and Iowa State meeting up in the second game of the night, and each team has pulled off two upsets to get to this point. The Hurricanes and Cyclones don’t necessarily fit the mold of a traditional Cinderella team, though, as both come from a Power Five Conference

Chicago, Illinois, is the host city for the Midwest Regional, and fans in that city should be treated to a terrific trio of games over the weekend.

Kansas Jayhawks -7.5 vs. Providence Friars

The first game in Chicago will feature the Kansas Jayhawks taking on the Providence Friars. This will be an interesting matchup as each team wants to win in a very different way.

Providence has to slow this game down if they want to win because they don’t have the athletes to keep up with Kansas. The Friars are one of the best defensive teams in the NCAA Tournament, but they are going to struggle to get stops in this one.

The one knock on Kansas has been a lack of three-point shooting, but the Jayhawks really do everything else well. Kansas will try to get out on the break and get buckets before Providence can get set up.

Kansas is going to win this game, but taking the Friars and the 7.5 points is the way to go.

Miami Hurricanes -2.5 vs. Iowa State Cyclones

The second game in the Sweet 16 round will be interesting as it is Miami and Iowa State facing off. Both teams underachieved a bit during the regular season, and that gave them double-digit seeds when the bracket was revealed.

Iowa State has been a terrific defensive team so far in the NCAA Tournament, but they also have plenty of shot makers. The Cyclones will take and make some difficult shots, and that makes them extremely tough to defend.

Miami has the ability to be a great offensive team, and they are scoring right at 75 points per game. Kameron McGusty leads the way with 17.5 points per game, but Isaiah Wong poured in 21 points in the blowout win over Auburn.

The Hurricanes feel like the better team in this matchup, and they are going to win and cover the small spread.

Kansas Controls Midwest Region

The Kansas Jayhawks were given the number 1 seed in the Midwest Region for a reason, and they have looked the part through the first two rounds. Providence will likely provide the toughest test to Kansas in the Midwest Regional, but it’s hard to count out the other two teams as well.

Kansas has just felt like a Final Four team since the beginning of the year, and they are just two wins away from getting it done. Look for the Jayhawks to put together a pair of terrific performances this weekend in getting to New Orleans.

The Kansas Jayhawks win the Midwest Regional.

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