This article is part of our NCAA Tournament Preview series.
MIDWEST REGION PREVIEW
The Midwest region is highlighted by undefeated No. 1 overall seed Kentucky and includes teams from 13 conferences, but this region is probably the weakest top to bottom. The Wildcats got a great draw, and it will be interesting to see who challenges them. The top four seeds all come out of Power 5 conferences and were all battle tested at points throughout the season. There should be a handful of great opening-round games that come down to the wire. The most important question still remains: who is going to beat Kentucky?
No. 1 Kentucky - Kentucky, 34-0, is out to prove it's one of the best college basketball teams of all time. The Wildcats wiped out the SEC and picked up big non-conference wins against Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas. Kentucky has yet to fall due to three exceptional qualities: size, athleticism and depth. Nine players average double-digit minutes, and every player in the starting lineup is at least 6-foot-6. Coach John Calipari calls his bench players "reinforcements" as they are just as talented as the starting five. This team is led by star freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, who enters the tournament averaging 9.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG and 2.4 BPG. Beating Kentucky will require a perfect performance.
No.2 Kansas - The Jayhawks won the Big 12 regular-season championship for the 11th consecutive year. They lost, 70-66, in the tournament championship to Iowa State in a game that