2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket: Midwest Region Sweet 16 Predictions Video

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Indiana Cheerleaders

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Indiana managed to hold on against Temple in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

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Florida Gulf Coast Cheerleaders

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Without a question the biggest surprise of the tournament has been No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast making the Sweet 16.

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Syracuse Cheerleaders

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Kelley L. Cox

Syracuse will face a tough matchup against Indiana in the Sweet 16.

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Ohio State Cheerleaders

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The Buckeyes held off Iowa State thanks to a late three-point shot by Aaron Craft.

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La Salle Cheerleaders

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Talk about your Cinderella team as La Salle has had plenty to cheer about this tournament.

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Duke Cheerleaders

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Mark Dolejs/USA Today Sports

It's Duke--nobody should be shocked to see them in the Sweet 16 again this year.

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Wichita State Cheerleaders

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Wichita State was able to knock off the first No. 1 seed of the tournament with a win over Gonzaga.

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Arizona Cheerleaders

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Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports

The Wildcats advanced to the Sweet 16 as a No. 16 seed.

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Louisville Cheerleaders

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The Cardinals picked up right where they left off in the Big East Tournament and will face a difficult matchup against Oregon in the next round.

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Miami Cheerleaders

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Miami held off Illinois in the second round to advance to the Sweet 16 against Marquette.

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Michigan Cheerleaders

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Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports

The Wolverines look even more dangerous than they did at the beginning of the year when they started off the year 16-0.

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Kansas Cheerleaders

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If Kansas can play like they did in the second half against North Carolina, this team certainly has what it takes to reach the Final Four.

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Marquette Cheerleaders

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Marquette has pulled off two impressive wins so far over their first two games.

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Michigan State Cheerleaders

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Mike Carter/USA Today Sports

Michigan State has looked impressive over their first two games and appears ready to make a run.

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Oregon Cheerleaders

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Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports

Oregon has proven over their first two games of the tournament they deserved to be higher than a No. 12 seed.

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Florida Cheerleaders

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The Gators have looked strong over their first two games and will be heavily tested against Florida Gulf Coast in the Sweet 16.

No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 12 Oregon

The Oregon Ducks were vastly under-seeded heading into the NCAA Tournament, but they have certainly made the most out of their opportunity. The Ducks are flying high, knocking off both 5th seeded Oklahoma State and 4th seeded Saint Louis in the process. As for Louisville, well the top overall seed within the NCAA Tournament field has simply dominated its first two opponents.

Peyton Siva is making plays and the Cardinals just have too much depth to be slowed down at the moment. The Cardinals’ run won’t stop with Oregon either, let’s move Louisville into the Elite 8.

 

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Michigan State

Here’s a heavyweight battle. Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo vs. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski only means a hard-nosed battle, that’s for sure. Michigan State features a loaded front court, so the biggest key in this match-up will be Mason Plumlee’s ability to stay out of foul trouble. Plumlee had foul issues in the Blue Devils’ third round victory over Creighton, so that part of the game is going to be crucial in order for Duke to win this ball game.

The battle on the perimeter will also be interesting to watch, but this game is virtually a tossup. Who will make the move? Who will avoid making mistakes? Both teams are more than disciplined, so buckle up for this one.

Duke’s firepower and senior leadership will prove key however, the Blue Devils will move forward.

 

No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 2 Duke

The top two seeds in the Midwest Region are ready to do battle. This one will be fast-paced and should certainly provide tons of excitement for you college basketball fans. Louisville just looks too unstoppable at this point and if they continue playing like they did this past weekend, the Cardinals will be headed back to the Final Four.

Move Louisville onto Atlanta, the Cardinals are Final Four bound.

 

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