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Friday, March 14
Bracket outlook: Midwest Region

By Charlie Creme
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Editor's note: Teams preceded by their conference name are expected to win their league's automatic bid.

March 23/Raleigh, N.C.
(1) Duke vs. (16) SOUTHLAND/Texas-San Antonio
(8) Illinois vs. (9) Saint Joseph's
March 22/Eugene, Ore.
(5) Arizona vs. (12) Colorado State
(4) Vanderbilt vs. (13) Creighton
March 23/Cincinnati, Ohio
(3) Villanova vs. (14) MAAC/Manhattan
(6) Minnesota vs. (11) Cincinnati
March 23/Manhattan, Kan.
(7) HORIZON/Wisconsin-Green Bay vs. (10) DePaul
(2) Kansas State vs. (15) MAC/Toledo

1. Duke Business-like and dominant
2. Kansas State Have been in this position all season
3. Villanova Reaching finals in Big East tourney establishes Wildcats as second-best in the league
4. Vanderbilt Two wins over Georgia, one over LSU in final month helped
5. Arizona Clearly Pac-10's No. 2
6. Minnesota Something of an enigma
7. Wisconsin-Green Bay Tournament is a chance to showcase years of dominance in Horizon
8. Illinois Good RPI, average record
9. Saint Joseph's Played a great non-conference schedule, but no scalps
10. DePaul Conference USA's best profile
11. Cincinnati Will have advantage of home game against higher seed
12. Colorado State Still needs to do something in MWC
13. Creighton Better not lose early in MVC tourney
14. Manhattan Tripped up Siena in MAAC final
15. Toledo Best of a weak MAC to this point
16. Texas San-Antonio Won Southland regular season, but not a lock in conference tourney

Charlie Creme was a writer and editor at Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook for 11 years. Click here to send him a question about his bracket projections.

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