2014 March Madness Tournament: Which team will win a tough Midwest Region? Print
Written by Brandon Shively   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:00

Breaking Down the Midwest Region

2014 March Madness Tournament odds predictions Midwest Region

LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - Looking at this year's NCAA Tournament, it appears that the Midwest region is the toughest region by far.

Get Brandon Shively’s Expert Picks

Let’s take a look at this region and break down the bracket and tell you who will emerge out of this bracket to the Final Four. 

Of course, we have Wichita State as the #1 seed who I have on 'upset alert'. Looking deeper in the bracket, one of the hottest teams in the country, Louisville, has been installed as the #4 seed while Kentucky has underachieved this year and been installed as the #8 seed.

Looking deeper, the play in game with Tennessee/ Iowa will be a dangerous first  round matchup for UMass and second round matchup for Duke. Both Iowa and Tennessee have length and size at all positions on the court and are excellent offensive rebounding teams. Watch out for Tennessee/Iowa as they have Sweet 16 potential.

A team not many will be looking at in this region is Kentucky. The Wildcats are a talented team with tall athletic guards, and with Randle in the paint, this team is dangerous as I have them upsetting Wichita State in the second round which will set-up a Sweet 16 match-up with in-state rival Louisville. This will be a game where the public will be heavily involved on Louisville while I fully expect Kentucky to beat Louisville as they did earlier this season.

The other Sweet 16 match-up will be Michigan vs. Iowa as I have Iowa knocking off Duke in the second round. Iowa is a team that underachieved down the stretch but they are extremely talented, deep, and long and athletic. This will be a BIG 10 match-up as these teams split 1-1 in the regular season. Iowa has the big advantage in this game as they are a MUCH better rebounding team and with 6 guys in their starting rotation at 6'6" or taller.

I like the Iowa Hawkeyes to advance to the Elite 8 to face Kentucky. This will be an interesting game, but in what I expect to be a close game, I give Iowa the edge with the better three point shooters and the better free throw shooting team.  This is an Iowa team that can score (82 ppg), can shoot free throws (73.3%), and are ranked 7th in the nation grabbing 41 rebounds a game. The Hawkeyes can go 10 deep if they need to and can play with a variety of different lineups to match-up with opposing teams.

With that being said, I see Iowa as a true 'Cinderella' team breaking out of their slump and advancing to the Final Four out of the Midwest Region.

For More of The Best Expert Picks and Analysis Check Out All The Handicappers at TheSpread Insiders!

 

Top Public Bets

#1 133 Boston College 97%
#2 297 BC Lions 94%
#3 177 Georgia Southern 93%
#4 186 Marshall 92%
#5 161 Memphis 90%
#6 271 Indianapolis Colts 89%
#7 295 HAM Tigercats 88%
#8 129 Central Michigan 87%
#9 195 Ohio State 87%
#10 8 Anaheim Ducks 86%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com