March Madness 2011: Southwest Region

Written March 16th, 2011 by Eric

We continue our look at the NCAA tournament field with our third of three regions.  Jay and Joe already did a fantastic job with the West and Southeast regions yesterday.  The Southwest region seems a lot easier to predict than the Southeast with a lot fewer chances for upsets in the first round.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t some teams to look out for, though!

Favorites: There is no question about the top favorite for this bracket.  Kansas, last year’s overall #1 seed, is in no danger of facing the same fate as last year.  This year’s team is a dangerously deep and talented group, not dependent on any one player to get the job done.  The Morris brothers, Markieff and Marcus, lead the team in points per game and rebounds per game as well as leading a trio of fantastic frontcourt players.  Overall, Kansas plays with an incredibly fast pace, and runs with a significant height advantage that could give their opponents trouble.

Keep an eye on Purdue as well.  While the Boilermakers ended the season in pathetic fashion (losses to Iowa and Michigan State), they are still a spectacularly dangerous team when they’re on their game.  Expect Matt Painter to lead his team deep into the tournament as he’ll be more than capable of refocusing his troops on the importance of March.

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