In my opinion, the MidWest Region is the weakest region in the tournament this year. I have 3 underdogs in this side of the bracket and one of them could be a Final Four team! First up is Creighton vs San Diego St. University. SDSU plays outstanding defense, but I think Creighton will win this matchup. 8 seeds beat 9 seed 48.5% of the time and in my bracket I have 2 8 seeds advancing. This is one of the 9 seeds that can definitely win. If you look at their schedules, SDSU has struggled against just about every strong opponent they have faced this season. They have 8 total losses against good opponents, but opponents that are not ranked in the top 25. If we look at Creighton, they have won a handful of those tough games and are playing extremely well down the stretch.
Another potential dog that could advance from this side of the bracket is Iowa St. or Miami. As of now, I have both of them losing in the 1st round, but with the recent drama with LSU and the firing of their head coach, I might be backing the cyclones! The Miami game is kind of a toss up to me. I like Miami, but the ACC was weak this year and statistics show that they are most likely to lose this head to head matchup based on seeding.
My favorite dog of the tournament is Iowa. Typically, I fade Big 10 schools in the tournament, but this is a team that could have a Final Four appearance in their future. Iowa just won the Big 10 tournament with an incredible shooting display. They have one of the best players in the country, Keegan Murray. They can face up against bigger opponents and spread you out on the floor. This is one of the most well balanced teams in the country and I expect them to do some damage in the tournament. I have them beating Richmond in round 1, Providence in round 2, Kansas in round 3 and then losing to Arizona in round 4.