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As we were last year, MSF will be your home for comprehensive NCAA Tournament information, commentary, and bracket advice.
This post will break down the bracket for the Midwest Regional, with Elite 8 and Sweet 16 games to be played in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome on March 26th and 28th.
You can also view our Salt Lake City West Regional Bracket Breakdown, Syracuse East Regional Bracket Breakdown, Houston South Regional Bracket Breakdown, or the full 2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown.
St. Louis Midwest Region Bracket
Before we get to the bracket, here is some quick meta and ticket info for the 2010 Midwest Regional:
- Midwest Regional Venue: Edward Jones Dome
- Top 4 seeds: TBA
Ticket Information for First and Second Round Sites: first round locations are based on pod system. Find the location for each game below, and then follow the links below to find great deals on tickets for all first and second round sites in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
- StubHub: Tickets to Midwest Region 1st and 2nd Round Sites
- RazorGator: Tickets to Midwest Region 1st and 2nd Round Sites
Ticket Information for Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Regional Final Games in St. Louis:
- StubHub: Tickets to Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Regional Final Games in St. Louis
- RazorGator: Tickets to Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Regional Final Games in St. Louis
Now, let’s break down the bracket for the Midwest Region of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. First, a few quick notes:
- This should go without saying, but for any March Madness first-timers: all games are on CBS. You’ll have to check your local listings to find out which games are on in your area.
- All games can be viewed live online for free at the following link:
Watch NCAA Tournament Games Online at March Madness On Demand
- The table below provides the following details on a game-by-game basis: date, time, location, announcers, and the point spread. It is updated as the information becomes available. If any piece of information is missing or wrong, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I’ll appreciate it. I promise.
- All NCAA Tournament announcer assignment information is courtesy of Fang’s Bites.
Here is the schedule breakdown for the 2010 St. Louis Midwest Regional:
Midwest Region Bracket, TV Schedule, Sites, Announcers
|1||#1 Kansas 90 def #16 Lehigh 74||Thu, 3/18||9:30 ET||Oklahoma City||Harlan-Bonner||KU -26.5|
|2||#9 Northern Iowa 69 def #8 UNLV 66||Thu, 3/18||7:10 ET||Oklahoma City||Harlan-Bonner||UNLV -1|
|3||#4 Maryland 89 def #13 Houston 77||Fri, 3/19||9:40 ET||Spokane||Brando-Gminski||MARY -9.5|
|4||#5 Michigan State 70 def #12 New Mexico State 67||Fri, 3/19||7:20 ET||Spokane||Brando-Gminski||MSU -12|
|5||#2 Ohio State 68 def #15 UC Santa Barbara 51||Fri, 3/19||9:35 ET||Milwaukee||Eagle-Spanarkel||OSU -16.5|
|6||#10 Georgia Tech 64 def #7 Oklahoma State 59||Fri, 3/19||7:15 ET||Milwaukee||Eagle-Spanarkel||OKST -1.5|
|7||#14 Ohio 97 def #3 Georgetown 83||Thu, 3/18||7:25 ET||Providence||Lundquist-Raftery||GTOWN -13.5|
|8||#6 Tennessee 62 def #11 San Diego State 59||Thu, 3/18||9:45 ET||Providence||Lundquist-Raftery||TENN -3|
|9||#9 Northern Iowa 69 def #1 Kansas 67||Sat, 3/20||5:40 ET||Oklahoma City||Harlan-Bonner||KU -11.5|
|10||#5 Michigan State 85 def #4 Maryland 83||Sun, 3/21||2:30 ET||Spokane||Brando-Gminski||Pick 'em|
|11||#2 Ohio State 75 def #10 Georgia Tech 66||Sun, 3/21||2:20 ET||Milwaukee||Eagle-Spanarkel||OSU -6.5|
|12||#6 Tennessee def #14 Ohio 68||Sat, 3/20||3:35 ET||Providence||Lundquist-Raftery||TENN -8|
|13||#5 Michigan State 59 def #9 Northern Iowa 52||3/26||9:37 ET||St. Louis||Lundquist-Raftery||MSU -1|
|14||#6 Tennessee 76 def #2 Ohio State 73||3/26||7:07 ET||St. Louis||Lundquist-Raftery||OSU -5|
|ELITE 8 - REGIONAL FINAL|
|15||#5 Michigan S v #6 Tennessee||Sun, 3/28||2:20 ET||St. Louis||Lundquist-Raftery||TENN -1|
If you want to view an actual bracket, here you go.
Midwest Region Picks & Predictions
First Round Picks
- #1 Kansas over #16 Lehigh
- #9 Northern Iowa over #8 UNLV
- #5 Michigan State over #12 New Mexico State
- #4 Maryland over #13 Houston
- #6 Tennessee over #11 San Diego State
- #3 Georgetown over #14 Ohio
- #10 Georgia Tech over #7 Oklahoma State
- #2 Ohio State over #15 UC Santa Barbara
Not too many upsets here, just a #9 and #10 seed advancing. Georgia Tech’s rebounding and defense give them the edge over Oklahoma State while Northern Iowa’s experience, rebounding, and prowess in close games gives them the edge over UNLV.
Second Round Picks
- #1 Kansas over #9 Northern Iowa
- #4 Maryland over #5 Michigan State
- #6 Tennessee over #6 Georgetown
- #2 Ohio State over #10 Georgia Tech
Regular readers of this site know how much I love Tom Izzo, and I predicted the Spartans to make the title game last year, but this year’s team has issues. Chris Allen was recently suspended, they have had “distractions” and “leadership issues” – to use Izzo’s words – all season long, and Maryland has one of the tournament’s best individual players in Greivis Vasquez. Thus, I was not too surprised or disappointed to see my system predict a Maryland win. I agree.
What did surprise me was Tennessee over Georgetown. I am very wary of picking the inconsistent Vols to win two in a row, especially over a team playing as well as Georgetown, but you can’t argue with Tennessee’s experienced backcourt and their sub-.400 FG% defense. Plus, the Vols have been much better in close games (80%) than Georgetown (25%).
Sweet 16 Picks
- #1 Kansas over #4 Maryland
- #2 Ohio State over #6 Tennessee
This is exactly what I would have picked if I was just going on gut feeling and “eye test” so I was pleased to see the Midwest region work out this way. Kansas is just such a good team all around while Ohio State is a little bit better on the glass and a little bit better at protecting the ball than Tennessee. Plus, the Buckeyes have Evan Turner, and the best player in the field should not be eliminated before the Elite 8.
Elite 8 Pick
- #1 Kansas over #2 Ohio State
Such a tough game to pick (if I didn’t have a system doing it for me), and what a terrific matchup this will be if it happens. Ultimately, the rebounding, defense, and overall offensive ability of Kansas will prove to be too much for Ohio State. While no one would be surprised to see Evan Turner pull a Danny Manning and single-handedly carry his team to a title, Kansas is just too good overall to lose before the Final Four.
To view my Final Four picks, follow the link to my 2010 NCAA Tournament Bracket Predictions.
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