Fan-I Bracketology: Midwest Region
I think now is the appropriate time to do “Bracketology” because the brackets are official. We know who will play who and what region they will play in. Every year, there is one region that seems tougher than the others and the Midwest is that region this year.
All four of the top seeds have a legitimate argument as to why they be a #1 seed. The selection committee really gave the Shockers a raw deal because for one they put the defending champs in their region as a #4 seed. You would think for going undefeated all season, an easier region would be a reward but not for the Shockers. People still claim that we don’t know how good this team is, which is bullcrap. What more do you need to know? They never lost a game, I don’t care who you are playing, that is not an easy job to be perfect every time you step on the court. The Shockers have 2 quality wins under their belt, Tennessee and Alabama, but ranked 96th in strength of schedule. I like the Shockers, they are deep, running 9 players, and have a solid big 3 in Cleanthony Early, Ron Baker, and Fred VanVleet. And don’t forget, they were 1 game away from the championship game last season.
Winner of this region will be a favorite to win the National Championship.
Louisville as a 4th seed is really disrespectful. The defending champs are 29-5 on the season and had a margin of victory of 33 points during the AAC tournament. Chairman of the Selection committee, Ron Wellman, claims that the other 4-seeds (Michigan State, San Diego State, UCLA) are just as good as Louisville but none of them are worthy of a #1 seed and have more than 5 losses. It’s no question that Louisville as the 4th seed is the favorite to come out this region.
8th seed Kanasas State – The Wildcats are a fiery team that plays hard the entire game and straps down on defense. Marcus Foster also has the ability to take over and lead the Wildcats.
12th seed NC-State – The Wolfpack must first win their play-in game against Xavier but I expect big performances from T.J Warren.
Duke has a tourney type of player in Jabari Parker but needs consistency from the role player like Rasheed Sulaimon, Rodney Hood, and Tyler Thornton. If Duke know their shots and play Duke Basketball, it’s no reason why they won’t be in the Elite 8.
Players to watch
Potential Games to watch
Wichita State vs Kentucky 2nd round
Louisville vs NC-State 2nd round
Michigan Duke Sweet 16
Louisville vs Wichita State/Kentucky Sweet 16
Region Winner: Louisville