March Madness 2019 Bracket: Midwest Region Team-by-Team Guide

March 18, 2019 - 1:47 pm

North Carolina has its work cut out in a Midwest Region that's loaded with blue-blood programs and big-name coaches. How about a Sweet 16 game against Bill Self's Kansas and an Elite 8 matchup with John Calipari's Kentucky?

And that's not even counting No. 3 seed Houston, which posted a 31-3 record in the regular season, or No. 6 seed Iowa State, fresh off a title run in the Big 12 tournament. 

1. North Carolina
Record: 27-6
Nickname: Tar Heels
Conference: ACC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Coby White (16.3 PPG, 4.2 APG)

16. Iona
Record: 17-15
Nickname: Gaels
Conference: MAAC
Player to Watch: E.J. Crawford (17.9 PPG, 5.1 RPG)

8. Utah State
Record: 28-6
Nickname: Aggies
Conference: Mountain West
Player to Watch: Sam Merrill (21.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.2 APG)

9. Washington
Record: 26-8
Nickname: Huskies
Conference: Pac-12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Jaylen Nowell (16.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG)

5. Auburn
Record: 26-9
Nickname: Tigers
Conference: SEC (at-large)
Player to Watch: Bryce Brown (15.8 PPG)

12. New Mexico State
Record: 30-4
Nickname: Aggies
Conference: WAC
Player to Watch: Terrell Brown (11.3 PPG, 43.1 3PT%)

4. Kansas
Record: 25-9
Nickname: Jayhawks
Conference: Big 12 (at-large)
Player to Watch: Dedric Lawson (19.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG)

13. Northeastern
Record: 23-10
Nickname: Huskies
Conference: Colonial
Player to Watch: Vasa Pusica (17.8 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.9 RPG)

6. Iowa State
Record: 23-11
Nickname: Cyclones
Conference: Big 12
Player to Watch: Marial Shayok (18.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG)

11. Ohio State
Record: 19-14
Nickname: Buckeyes
Conference: Big Ten (at-large)
Player to Watch: Kaleb Wesson (14.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG)

3. Houston
Record: 31-3
Nickname: Cougars
Conference: American
Player to Watch: Corey Davis Jr. (16.7 PPG)

14. Georgia State
Record: 24-9
Nickname: Panthers
Conference: Sun Belt
Player to Watch: D'Marcus Simonds (18.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG)

7. Wofford
Record: 29-4
Nickname: Terriers
Conference: Southern
Player to Watch: Fletcher Magee (20.5 PPG, 42.8% 3-PT)

10. Seton Hall
Record: 20-13
Nickname: Pirates
Conference: Big East (at-large)
Player to Watch: Myles Powell (22.9 PPG)

2. Kentucky
Record: 27-6
Nickname: Wildcats
Conference: SEC (at-large)
Player to Watch: PJ Washington (14.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG)

15. Abilene Christian
Record: 27-6
Nickname: Wildcats
Conference: Southland
Player to Watch: Jaren Lewis (13.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG)