Kansas is the top-seed in the Midwest Region. However, the Jayhawks aren’t favored to win the Midwest Region. Duke, the #2-seed are the favorites. Is Duke the play? Keep reading to find out Duke’s chances of winning the Midwest. Also, check out my smart plays and longshot plays to take the Midwest Region.
2018 March Madness Picks To Win The Midwest Region
March Madness Midwest Region Favorites: #2 Duke, #3 Michigan State
Not only is Duke favored to win the Midwest Region over Kansas, Michigan State is also favored to win the Midwest Region over Kansas. I’m not a fan of either. If I had to bet on either team, it would be the Michigan State Spartans.
But, we mustn’t forget that the last time Michigan State was supposed to be tough to beat, they lost to Middle Tennessee State. The Spartans were a #2 seed. Middle Tennessee State was a #15 seed. Think about that for a moment. Oh, it was in 2016. That wasn’t too long ago. Last season, MSU lost in Round 2 to Kansas.
What’s wrong with Duke? Nothing, really, except they might be the most immature team in the entire NCAA Tournament. When Grayson Allen is supposed to be the guy to rally the troops, you’ve got some issues. You never know which Duke team will show up. They’re also a tough bet.
March Madness Midwest Region Smart Pick: #1 Kansas
What’s wrong with Kansas? Nothing. The thing about Kansas is that until they face Duke or Michigan State, they’ve got a relatively easy road to the Elite Eight. #4 Auburn is a mess. #5 Clemson is just okay. If Kansas can get past Seton Hall or NC State in Round 2, they could go relatively unscathed into the Elite Eight.
Once they do that, they’ll only have to beat Duke, Michigan State, or a big longshot if those two squads, like I predict, fail early. That’s a good reason to put dollars on Kansas to win what appears to be the toughest region.
March Madness Midwest Region Longshot Pick: #7 Rhode Island
If Rhode Island gets past Oklahoma, they’ll have a huge shot to upset Duke in Round 2. Rhode Island is a Top 20 ranked squad that averages 76 points per game. On defense, they allow an average of 68 points per. Rhode Island almost certainly will go under the radar after losing The Atlantic 10 Championship to Davidson. That’s a good thing. Again, if they get past Oklahoma, they can beat Duke in Round 2. From there…who knows?