Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Midwest Region

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Midwest Region

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FAVORITE: Louisville (29-5). Nobody in the country is playing better basketball than the Cardinals right now, and frankly, this may be the most complete team and favorite to win it all. They can run and gun, they can shoot, they can play physical, they can score in a hurry and they have a coach in Rick Pitino who knows how to win in the NCAA tournament.

NEXT IN LINE: No. 2 Duke (27-5). A key injury hurt Duke for a stretch in the regular season but the Blue Devils are healthy and looked like the best team in the ACC down the stretch -- until they were upset by Maryland in the ACC tournament. No. 3 Michigan State (25-8). OK, it is March and so it is time to find Tom Izzo's team and call it one of the favorites to get out of the region because, well, his teams often do.

SLEEPER: No. 7 Creighton (27-7). The Blue Jays have one of the best players in the country in 6-foot-8 Doug McDermott (23 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and they are one of the highest-scoring teams in the field (75 ppg). …

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