North Carolina sits atop the Midwest bracket. In my opinion, it should have been Michigan State. I’m not on the committee though, I have no say. Obviously. They should beat Iona by 30 points. This will be a yawner. Likewise, #2 Kentucky will breeze past Abilene Christian in another blowout. Kansas shouldn’t have too much trouble with Northeastern, but it’s March, you never know.
The 8/9 matchup between Utah State and Washington will be a great game. Utah State flew under the radar for most of the season. Washington limped down the stretch. Should be a close game. Wofford vs Seton Hall will be a game you don’t want to miss. It gives us a very intriguing matchup. The AAC regular season champions Houston Cougars will have a test against Georgia State. I feel they pull away late in the game, but they better not take them lightly. Iowa State shouldn’t have much trouble with Ohio State who, let’s face it, should be in the NIT.
The game that I really want to see out of the Midwest is Auburn vs New Mexico State. Auburn is a very good team in a very good conference. New Mexico State is a mystery, for the most part. They have an outstanding record, albeit in a weaker conference. I will definitely be keeping an eye on the moneyline for this game. There could very well be money to be had. Auburn should win, but I’m not counting out NMSU just yet.
I have Kentucky coming out of this bracket. Like I said at the top, I feel Michigan State should have gotten this #1 seed. Nothing against North Carolina, I just feel they are a bit overrated. Kentucky is a young team, but 30+ games in and you can’t really be considered a freshman anymore. This team is primed for success as long as Calipari can keep them focused. Houston has an outside shot at coming out of this bracket, but they would have to play a perfect game against UK and/or UNC.
It’s here, my rooms are booked in West Virginia, and I’m studying every angle I possibly can. I’m not suggesting that I’ll get the right answers, but it’s all part of the fun during March Madness. It will be weird not being in Las Vegas this year, but flight prices double the usual and West Virginia just a few hours drive away made this an easy decision. I’ll be reporting in from the Mountaineer state with updates and thoughts on the state of gambling outside of Nevada. I’m pretty excited about it, to be honest. It won’t be Vegas, as there is only one Vegas. The Mountaineer Casino has a William Hill sportsbook, so I’m sure it will be run very well. Until then, good luck on your brackets and bets.