This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
MIDWEST REGION PREVIEW
If you were to use one word to describe this year's March Madness tournament, the most appropriate would probably be, parity. For the first year in quite some time, there is no real favorite that is head and shoulders above everyone else in the field. You could realistically make a case for 20 teams that have a legitimate shot at winning the whole thing, and it should make for a great tournament. You're going to see brackets busted more than ever before after the opening weekend, and predicting who's going to come out on top will seem impossible when you're making your picks.
Virginia and Michigan State are the top two seeds in the Midwest, and they'll certainly be the two most popular teams to come out of the region in most people's brackets. There are multiple other teams, however, that are very intriguing, which should make for some great opening-round matchups.
No. 1 Virginia - The Cavaliers went 24-6 in the regular season and advanced to the ACC tournament championship where they eventually lost to North Carolina by four. Virginia has been battle tested all year, earning wins over West Virginia, Villanova, California, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Louisville and Miami. They play pack-line defense and grind out possessions, which can be mentally and physically draining for opponents to handle. Coach Tony Bennet gets maximum effort out of his guys each and every night, and they make