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Frank Haith's Missouri Tigers were upset by Norfolk State in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.
No. 1 Indiana (Big Ten) vs. No. 16 Southern (SWAC)/Savannah State (MEAC)
Indiana was a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament last season, and the Hoosiers return their top five scorers while adding a trio of top 100 recruits.
Southern was the second-best team in the SWAC last year, and it returns three of its top four scorers.
Savannah State won the MEAC in the regular season and wound up playing in the NIT. The Tigers return everyone from last year, including seniors Rashad Hassan and Deric Rudolph.
No. 8 Drexel (CAA) vs. No. 9 Florida State
Drexel was arguably snubbed from the 2012 NCAA tournament, but the Dragons' chances of making their first appearance at the Big Dance for the first time in Bruiser Flint's tenure are very good this year. The Dragons return four starters are expected to win the CAA.
Florida State graduated a bunch of role players, but the only big time player the Seminoles lost is Bernard James. They return Michael Snaer and Ian Miller in the backcourt and Terrance Shannon and Okaro White in the front court to make one of the better starting lineups in the ACC.
No. 5 Missouri vs. No. 12 Marshall/Northern Iowa
Missouri graduated its top three scorers but returns two of the top guards in the SEC in Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon. The Tigers have also reloaded with transfers such as Alex Oriakhi, Keion Bell and Earnest Ross while adding Laurence Bowers, who missed last season with an injury.
Marshall missed out on the NCAA tournament last season, but it returns two of the top players in Conference USA in DeAndre Kane and Dennis Tinnon.
Northern Iowa earned a bid to the NIT last year and now returns its top four scorers. Sophomore Seth Tuttle is one of the better up-and-coming mid-major big men in the nation.
No. 4 San Diego State vs. No. 13 Lehigh (Patriot)
San Diego State returns four starters from last year's NCAA tournament team. Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley are two of the best players in the Mountain West, and Xavier Thames was one of the better west coast point guards with 4.1 assists per game last year.
Expect Lehigh to go dancing once again after upsetting Duke in the 2012 NCAA tournament. The Mountain Hawks return four starters, including superstar C.J. McCollum, but they will have to fight off a very good Bucknell team to win the Patriot League.