Wichita State is the first team to enter the tournament undefeated since the 1991 UNLV Running Rebels. The Rebels entered the tourney 30-0 but lost to Duke in the Final Four. The Shockers will try to be the first team to complete the perfect season since Indiana in 1976. (Peter Aiken/SB Nation)

Wichita State is the first team to enter the tournament undefeated since the 1991 UNLV Running Rebels. The Rebels entered the tourney 30-0 but lost to Duke in the Final Four. The Shockers will try to be the first team to complete the perfect season since Indiana in 1976. (Peter Aiken/SB Nation)

I think now is the appropriate time to do “Bracketology” because the brackets are official. We know who will play who and what region they will play in. Every year, there is one region that seems tougher than the others and the Midwest is that region this year.

(courtesy of CBSSports.com)

(courtesy of CBSSports.com)

All four of the top seeds have a legitimate argument as to why they be a #1 seed. The selection committee really gave the Shockers a raw deal because for one they put the defending champs in their region as a #4 seed. You would think for going undefeated all season, an easier region would be a reward but not for the Shockers. People still claim that we don’t know how good this team is, which is bullcrap. What more do you need to know? They never lost a game, I don’t care who you are playing, that is not an easy job to be perfect every time you step on the court. The Shockers have 2 quality wins under their belt, Tennessee and Alabama, but ranked 96th in strength of schedule. I like the Shockers, they  are deep, running 9 players, and have a solid big 3 in Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker, and Fred VanVleet. And don’t forget, they were 1 game away from the championship game last season.

  • Winner of this region will be a favorite to win the National Championship.

Louisville's forward, Montrezl Harrell (24) is a beast and nothing short of it. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Louisville's forward, Montrezl Harrell (24) is a beast and nothing short of it. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Louisville as a 4th seed is really disrespectful. The defending champs are 29-5 on the season and had a margin of victory of 33 points during the AAC tournament. Chairman of the Selection committee, Ron Wellman, claims that the other 4-seeds (Michigan State, San Diego State, UCLA) are just as good as Louisville but none of them are worthy of a #1 seed and have more than 5 losses. It’s no question that Louisville as the 4th seed is the favorite to come out this region.

Sleepers

  • 8th seed Kanasas State – The Wildcats are a fiery team that plays hard the entire game and straps down on defense. Marcus Foster also has the ability to take over and lead the Wildcats.

  • 12th seed NC-State – The Wolfpack must first win their play-in game against Xavier but I expect big performances from T.J Warren.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has with make his 30th appearance in the NCAA tournament and has a career tourney record of 89-25. This has been coach K's most athletic team but haven't been as consistent on defense and three point shooting as Duke teams of the past. (Getty Images)

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has with make his 30th appearance in the NCAA tournament and has a career tourney record of 89-25. This has been coach K's most athletic team but haven't been as consistent on defense and three point shooting as Duke teams of the past. (Getty Images)

Duke has a tourney type of player in Jabari Parker but needs consistency from the role player like Rasheed Sulaimon, Rodney Hood, and Tyler Thornton. If Duke know their shots and play Duke Basketball, it’s no reason why they won’t be in the Elite 8.

Players to watch

Potential Games to watch

  • Wichita State vs Kentucky 2nd round

  • Louisville vs NC-State 2nd round

  • Michigan Duke Sweet 16

  • Louisville vs Wichita State/Kentucky Sweet 16

Region Winner: Louisville

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