2017 NCAA Tournament Picks: Midwest

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2017 NCAA Tournament Picks - Midwest Bracket

By Walter Cherepinsky - @walterfootball

Rather than go through, game by game, I'm going to show you my selections on the brackets and post notes on some of the interesting contests:

In my East bracket analysis, I discussed how the NCAA did its best to make sure Villanova wouldn't repeat. Well, they've given Kansas the ultimate cake walk. There's not one team in the top of this bracket that seems threatening at all. Iowa State could be exhausted from a Big XII Tournament run, and that conference is overrated anyway. As for Purdue, I'm not counting on the clueless Matt Painter to go very far. Thus, I have the Jayhawks advancing to the Elite Eight.

I have Kansas beating Michigan State. The Spartans are my pick over Miami even though they kind of suck this year. However, despite last year's debacle versus Middle Tennessee State, I can't not pick Michigan State to at least win one game. Tom Izzo is the best.

Nevada is my first of two 12-5 upsets. Nevada can keep up with Iowa State on the perimeter and pull the upset over an Iowa State squad that, as mentioned, could be exhausted. It's risky, but I'm picking Nevada over Purdue as well. Painter will find some way for his team to lose.

In the bottom of the bracket, I have Michigan advancing. The Wolverines are red hot after sputtering early in the year. They're on a five-game winning streak, and it would be eight in a row for them had they not lost on that ridiculous last-second miracle at Northwestern. Had Michigan won that game - and it should have - the Wolverines would be higher than a No. 7 seed. I love John Beilein and his ability to have his team perform on a high level in the NCAA Tounament.

Oregon would've been my choice to win the Midwest prior to Chris Boucher's injury. It's a shame that the Ducks aren't at full strength. I do like Oregon to reach the Sweet 16 because of the advantage it has with the games taking place in Sacramento, but that's about it.

Creighton is another team with injury issues, so I'm taking the popular Rhode Island upset.

Oh, and yeah, Michigan over Kansas. The Jayhawks are the worst No. 1 seed, by far. Kansas defends threes poorly, doesn't rebound very well, turns the ball over a lot, and isn't good at hitting free throws. The Jayhawks should be a No. 3 seed.

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