March Madness 2013 Bracket: Breaking Down Each Region's Potential Top Seed

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 28, 2013

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 24:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during their game against the Boston College Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Selection Sunday is creeping up on the college basketball world as teams look to make some noise down the stretch and in their conference tournaments.

We've seen every No. 1 seed fall this season multiple times, including Indiana against Minnesota Tuesday. Indiana should still be able to lock up the top seed for the Midwest region, but what about the other regions? It's all up in the air at this point.

Here's a breakdown of the teams I see claiming the Midwest, South, East and West regions in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Midwest: Indiana (24-4)

Indiana came into the week of Feb. 25 as the No. 1 team in the country, but the Hoosiers were shocked by unranked Minnesota Tuesday, 77-73.

Then again, perhaps it wasn't so shocking. There have been so many "No. 1" teams that have fallen after the designation that I've lost count.

Still, Indiana does a lot right. The Hoosiers are ranked second in the nation in points per game and fourth in field-goal percentage, per ESPN. They are also ranked 13th in opponents' field-goal percentage.

Beyond that, the Hoosiers—led by sophomore forward Cody Zeller (16.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.1 steals)—rank ninth in the country in total rebounding percentage (the percentage of available rebounds collected when on the floor.

Indiana's shots weren't falling against Minnesota, but that's a rarity. I still consider the Hoosiers the best team in the nation right now.


South: Kansas (24-4)

After Florida's loss to Tennessee Tuesday, Kansas appears to have the upper hand for the South's No. 1 seed. If the Jayhawks can win out and capture the Big 12 championship, they should take the top spot.

When talking about Kansas, you have to talk about the defense first. While the Jayhawks rank 48th in opponents' points per game, that doesn't tell the true story. They rank first in opponents' field-goal percentage.

On top of that, Kansas ranks 28th in the nation in shooting percentage and 18th in total rebounding percentage. Senior center Jeff Withey is important in both of those areas.

On the other hand, it is worth noting that the Jayhawks have trouble taking care of the ball. Kansas ranks 149th in turnovers per possession (19.4 percent). That could be crippling come the NCAA tournament.


East: Duke (24-3)

Well, Mike Krzyzewski is at it again. Duke has gone 9-3 in senior forward Ryan Kelly's absence, including blowout victories against Virginia Tech and Boston College the past two games.

Duke ranks in the top 10 in points per game and turnovers per possession and the top 20 in field-goal percentage. That has generally overshadowed the Blue Devils' troubles defensively and on the glass.

The key for Duke? Score, score, score until Kelly gets back to help on defense and on the glass. Then, score some more.


West: Gonzaga (27-2)

Gonzaga has lost to two of its three ranked opponents this season (losing to Illinois and Butler, defeating Oklahoma State) but has beaten up on the unranked teams.

The Bulldogs can flat-out score. They rank ninth in points per game and second in field-goal percentage, per ESPN. They also rank 10th in total rebounding rate, led by junior Kelly Olynyk and senior Elias Harris.

Beyond that, Gonzaga ranks 21st in opponents' field-goal percentage.

But keep in mind: While Gonzaga's offense is a threat to any defense in the country, the Bulldogs' defense may look better than it really is, mainly playing against inferior competition. Both Butler and Illinois shot 50 percent against the Bulldogs.

*Note: All stats via unless otherwise noted

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