Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Midwest Region: Five Questions

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Midwest Region: Five Questions

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Five questions

1. Why is Michigan State a No. 2 seed? The loaded Spartans won the Big Ten tournament and Tom Izzo is as good a tournament coach as there is (yes, that assessment includes Coach K). Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes give MSU star power.

2. Can Virginia score enough to win this region? The disciplined Cavaliers are great on defense, but they went more than eight minutes without a bucket in the second half of a loss to North Carolina in the ACC final.

3. Will Iowa State play defense? The Cyclones are the opposite of Virginia: a terrific offensive team that simply tries to outscore opponents. That philosophy usually doesn't work down the stretch of NCAA tournament games.

4. Can Syracuse validate the committee's decision? Some people thought the Orange would be on the outside looking in, but the committee apparently took the suspended Jim Boeheim's nine-game absence into account. …

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