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The Midwest region has two strong contenders in Kansas and Auburn.
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2022 NCAA tournament region preview: Midwest

With the first round of the NCAA tournament set to tip off Thursday, the Blue Zone breaks down each of the four regions, catching you up on all of the contenders and sleepers ready to make a run to the Final Four in New Orleans. Our other regional previews include the South, East and West.


Both Paolo Banchero of second-seeded Duke and Drew Timme of first-seeded Gonzaga were named Wooden Award finalists, and they could meet again in the Elite Eight of the West region.
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2022 NCAA tournament region preview: West

With the first round of the NCAA tournament set to tip off Thursday, the Blue Zone breaks down each of the four regions, catching you up on all of the contenders and sleepers ready to make a run to the Final Four in New Orleans. Our other regional previews include the South, Midwest and East.