NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region
NCAA Tournament Preview: Midwest Region

This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.

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The Midwest Region is all about blue bloods and that has nothing to do with Tom Selleck. North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas get to battle for a spot in the Final Four, though Houston isn't a team that should be overlooked with only three losses all season. UNC and UK are talented, but Auburn and Iowa State just ran through their respective conference tournaments. Most brackets will point to an inevitable matchup between the Tar Heels and Wildcats, but usually what's expected never happens. You've been warned. 

THE FAVORITES

No. 1 North Carolina

The Tar Heels didn't have a great start to the season highlighted by a loss to Texas, but once Coby White (16.3 ppg, 4.2 apg) figured things out, they won 15 of their last 17. Those lone losses came at the hands of Virginia and Duke, fellow No. 1 seeds. This is a normal UNC team that loves to run, though it doesn't have the same kind of size as previous versions with Luke Maye and Garrison Brooks at 6-8 and 6-9, respectively. Fortunately, there aren't many dominant big men in their region and their offensive talent could be enough to make the Final Four. In addition to White, Cameron Johnson (16.9 ppg) has been a knockdown shooter at 46.5 percent and Maye (14.7 ppg) stretches the defense at the four and five spot. While their offense ranks No. 7 in terms of efficiency (according to KenPom), their defense

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Zdroik
Adam writes on sports ranging from NFL and MLB to soccer and college basketball. Outside of writing, he has worked with a professional soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, and in the stats department at ESPN. He is a former Streak for the Cash winner and Michigan State graduate. 2018 and 2017 Finalist for FSWA Soccer Writer of the Year.
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