My 2018 March Madness Picks Part 3: The Heartland aka Midwest

If you didn’t read my whole intro from part 1, then guess what? You should probably go back and read, here’s the link: https://courtsidetakes.com/2018/03/14/my-2018-march-madness-picks-part-1-the-dirty-south/. However if you don’t want to that’s fine to, but basically I’m giving you my 2018 March Madness picks so you can win you’re bracket pulls and hopefully some money. If you didn’t read the title, I will be going through the Mid-West region of the bracket, aka the Heartland, aka America’s Breadbasket. And yes i did copy this intro from the second part of my bracket picks and you should read it, here’s the link: courtsidetakes.com/2018/03/14/my-2018-march-madness-picks-part-2-the-wild-west/. Now lets get started

Round of 64

#1 Kansas vs #16 Penn, While I do like Penn I also don’t believe a 16 seed will ever beat a 1 seed; Kansas

#8 Seton Hall vs #9 NC State, Honestly I don’t know shit about either of these teams so i’m going with the ACC team; NC State

#5 Clemson vs #12 New Mexico State, I’ve been told that New Mexico can’t shoot free throws, which is generally important; Clemson

#4 Auburn vs #13 Charleston, I do believe this will be a very close game and was highly considering the upset however i went with my brain; Auburn

#6 TCU vs #11 ASU/Syracuse, Doesn’t matter who wins the play in game I like TCU’s veteran squad and coach a lot; TCU

#3 Michigan State vs #14 Bucknell, I’m not picking against the best coach, Tom Izzo, he rarely loses to teams that he should beat; Michigan State

#7 URI vs #10 Oklahoma, Trae Young is a flat out beast and i think he keeps this game close but URI is better, i am scaried of this pick though; URI

#2 Duke vs #15 Iona, I hate Duke with all my heart, every time i see Grayson Allen i puke a little but they’re winning this game; DUKE

Round of 32

#1 Kansas vs #9 NC State, this will be a very close game but Devonte’ Graham and Malik Newman are beasts and will win this game; Kansas

#4 Auburn vs #5 Clemson, I’d probably pick Clemson if their best player didn’t get injured earlier in the year, and I’ve gotta go for Charles Barkley’s Alma Mater; Auburn

#3 Michigan State vs #6 TCU, Sorry TCU but your season ends here because Tom Izzo is a beast and you won’t beat him; Michigan State

#2 Duke vs #7 URI, I really hate Duke and would pick against them but URI doesn’t have a player taller than 6’8, so Marvin Bagley will eat them alive; DUKE

Sweet Sixteen

#1 Kansas vs #4 Auburn, Auburn is very good but Kansas is better and more experienced in the tourney so I felt this was an easy pick, sorry Auburn; Kansas

#2 Duke vs #3 Michigan State, I’m pretty sure these two teams opened their seasons against one another and Duke obviously edged them out, but this Michigan State team will be hungry for revenge; Michigan State

Elite Eight

#1 Kansas vs #3 Michigan State, While Kansas’ guard play is better than Michigan State’s, Michigan State’s bigs are much much better than Kansas’ and Tom Izzo is the man. Congratulations Michigan State you have made it yet another Final Four thanks to your fearless leader Tom Izzo; Michigan State

Michigan State will be representing the Mid-West in San Antonio in about 3 weeks, Congrats Tom Izzo!

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