Breaking Down The Midwest Region
The #1 Seed: Kansas. The Jayhawks won their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title. Winning the regular season in the 2nd best league in the NCAA is how you get a 1 seed. Kansas has one of the best backcourts in the country featuring Player of the Year candidate Frank Mason III, DaVonte Graham, and athletic freshman Josh Jackson.
The Sleeper: A lot of people will take Michigan to do some damage in this region after winning the Big Ten Tournament in their practice jerseys, and the Wolverines might do some damage, but i am going with Iowa State. Monte Morris is the best point guard you don't know about. The senior point guard isn't terribly flashy but can do just about of everything, except turn the ball over. For his career, Morris has 751 assists compared to only 158 turnovers. Iowa State still shoots a lot of threes and if Deonte Burton plays well consistently, Iowa State has the potential to get to Phoenix.
1st-Round Match-up I Can't Wait To See: #8 Miami vs #9 Michigan State. There will be some pretty good athletes in this game. Ja'Quan Newton, Kamari Murphy, and Davon Reed can score and all play defense. Michigan State's freshman have played better lately. The talent is there for Michigan State but has Tom Izzo had enough time to groom this team into the force his teams usually are this time of year?
The Player That You Must See: Miles Bridges, Michigan State. I was going to tell you how athletic and how much of a freak athlete Bridges is. But that wouldn't do him justice. Just do yourself a favor and google "Miles Bridges Dunks." You're welcome.
Best Matchup Before the Elite 8: #1 Kansas vs. #9 Michigan State. It is amazing that these 2 teams could meet in the 2nd round. Coming into the season, this would be a final 4 preview. That is why they play the games (Yay for cliches!) Miles Bridges and Josh Jackson on the same court, possibly guarding each other? Count me in!!!
Possible Shocker: Purdue going to their firs final 4. I don't what would be more shocking: If Purdue got to the final 4 this year or that it would be Purdue's first ever final 4. Either way, the Boilermakers have the chance to get to Phoenix this year.National Player of the Year hopeful Caleb Swanigan is a double-double machine. If he isn't enough of a load, Matt Painter also has 7-foot center Isaac Haas. The Boilermakers surround their big men with capable 3-point shooters.
Who is Winning the Midwest Region? I am going with Louisville. Rick Pitino has another very good basketball squad this year. The cardinals win by playing pressure defense and turning defense into offense. Anas Mahmoud is a 7 foot defensive force inside and Quentin Snider is a great lead point guard. Donovan Mitchell is a very special player and Louisville's best. The Cardinals need him to be great for them to win consistently. I believe he will be great enough to get his team through the Midwest region and to the final 4