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March Madness Preview: Midwest Region

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The first round of March Madness begins Thursday, and there are lots of questions eager sports fans need answers to as they fell out their brackets.

Look no further because The Daily Caller has everything you need to know about March Madness.

Here is a preview of the Midwest region.

Best team: Virginia got the top seed in the Midwest region, but it’s not the best team. The Michigan State Spartans, who have also bounced Virginia from the tournament two years in a row, is the best team in the region. The Spartans were ranked second in the nation, which is why so many people were shocked when they got a two seed instead of a top seed. Denzel Valentine is going to be a star in the NBA, and no team in the country has a player comparable to him. Sharpshooter Bryn Forbes was put on this planet to slice up zone defenses. A rematch with Virginia is likely in the Elite 8, and you can expect history to repeat itself with Michigan State winning once again.

Potential spoiler: It’s an odd year when Syracuse is a double-digit seed, but they are this year with the 10 seed. The Orange are famous for their 1-3-1 zone, which has given college basketball headaches for years. Syracuse is led by forward Michael Gbinije, who averages almost 18 points per game. If Coach Boeheim has his team ready to go, it’s almost certain they’ll beat Dayton in the first round, and then all bets are off. (RELATED: March Madness Preview: South Region)

Best mid-major: Gonzaga is a staple of March Madness, with the Bulldogs making the tournament on a regular basis. Coach Mark Few has been to the NCAA tournament in every year of his 17-year career at Gonzaga. It might be a down year for the Bulldogs, but tournament experience can’t be counted out. A first round matchup with Seton Hall is extremely favorable for Gonzaga at the 11 seed. (RELATED: March Madness Preview: West Region)

Best player: Denzel Valentine is the best player in the Midwest region, and it’s not even close. Valentine will be a top pick in the NBA draft and has been dominating college basketball, averaging almost 20 points per game and just under eight assists and rebounds per game. The Spartans senior passes like a point guard, shoots like a sniper, rebounds like a center and can guard any position on the floor. When Valetine is on his game, it’s near impossible to beat the Spartans. NBA scouts are salivating over his potential at the next level.

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