This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
The Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament has already been dubbed "the region of chaos" by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, and rightly so. With lots of potential for upset due to the stronger teams dealing with injuries that significantly affect their depth, the lower seeds look poised to wreak some serious havoc. In fact, all of the top-4 seeds failed to secure their conference tournaments despite high ratings all year long, while Iowa State, Michigan, and Rhode Island all pulled off upsets to get automatic bids and conference tournament titles.
MIDWEST REGION PREVIEW
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks have been resilient all season, ending with a 28-4 record overall and earning their 13th consecutive Big 12 championship. Kansas is led by a talented lineup made up of National Player of the Year candidate Frank Mason (20.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.1 apg), projected lottery pick Josh Jackson (16.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg), and sophomore guard Devonte Graham (13.1 ppg, 4.3 apg). All three create a hard-to-stop offense, scoring nearly 83 points per game. Kansas' most glaring weakness is in their frontcourt, as they lost 7-foot freshman Udoka Azubuike to a season-ending wrist injury. Without Azubuike, they have had to rely upon the likes of Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg to fill up frontcourt minutes. They came up short their first Big 12 Tournament game to TCU, but with Josh Jackson returning from a one-game suspension, the Jayhawks are still looking