NCAA Tournament 2018: Midwest Region stats, upsets, sleepers that will decide the bracket

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The Kansas Jayhawks earned the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region after finishing the season with yet another Big 12 regular-season title.

Here is a look at the Midwest region.

NCAA bracket: Midwest region

No. 1 seed Kansas’ earliest threat

No. 8 Seton Hall — An elite four-man scoring attack (Desi Rodriguez, Myles Powell, Khadeen Carrington and Angel Delgado) should make Kansas uneasy in the second round. The Pirates lost eight of its last 14 games, but have the backcourt and frontcourt to regain their form during the Tournament. Kansas lacks depth, so if the physical Pirates can get them in foul trouble they could advance to the Sweet 16.

The most eye-popping stat

The Big Ten has not won a national championship since No. 3 Michigan State won in 2000.

The most overrated seed

No. 4 Auburn — Proving it isn't just a football school, Auburn got off to a great start this season, leading to an SEC regular-season title. Mustapha Heron (16.6 ppg.) is an underrated scorer and floor leader on both ends of the court. Bryce Brown and Jared Harper can shoot, but Auburn still appears over-seeded, having lost four of its last six games.

The most dangerous sleeper

No. 6 TCU — With so many big-name programs occupying the Region, it's hard to pick out a "sleeper', but TCU fits the bill. Long and athletic, the Horned Frogs rebounded from a terrible start to conference play. Getting out of the rugged Big 12 might help free up TCU's mindset, allowing it to play its best basketball. Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams make up one of the most under-valued frontcourts in college basketball.

The first-round upset alert

No. 12 New Mexico State over No. 5 Clemson — The infamous 12-5 game has delivered a number of upsets over the years, and this looks like another opportunity for a big upset. Clemson had its moments in the ACC, but underwhelmed for stretches. both teams are physical, defense-minded groups, but New Mexico State possesses some offensive firepower. This should be a hard-fought game that comes down to free throws.

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The Final Four pick

No. 2 Duke — Normally, a team with Marvin Bagley III, Grayson Allen and Wendell Carter Jr. would seem a lock to make the Final Four, but the Blue Devils lacked consistency in ACC play. Sometimes teams fall into a haze during conference season, and Duke may be one of them. If point guard Trevon Duval can continue to mature on the fly, this Duke team has a great chance at reaching the Final four.