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George Mason vs. College of Charleston
Sherrod Wright and Andrew Lawrence highlight a matchup between two similar teams, and these backcourt leaders must play well for their teams to succeed.
If Adjehi Baru is able to crash the boards with ease against George Mason, Charleston will be able to win a tight game despite George Mason being slightly more talented.
Predicted Score: Charleston 69, George Mason 65
Texas vs. Houston
The key to this game is Myck Kabongo. After missing the first 23 games of the season, he came back for the last 10 and led Texas with his 14.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
Texas is 6-4 with Kabongo with all four losses coming against Top 25 teams, which proves that he makes this team good, but not great.
Houston may have gone 19-12 during the season, but the Cougars simply don't have anyone who can stop Kabongo, which is why Texas will win the first game between these schools since 2000.
Predicted Score: Texas 76, Houston 64
Western Illinois vs. Purdue
Purdue's ability to crash the boards and its tried-and-tested game plan that lasted through Big Ten play give it a huge advantage over Western Illinois, and playing at home can't hurt, either.
Predicted Score: Purdue 65, Western Illinois 59
Vermont vs. Santa Clara
Kevin Foster and Marc Trasolini give Santa Clara a huge edge, and that inside-outside combo of seniors will lead the Broncos to a victory at home.
Predicted Score: Santa Clara 75, Vermont 60
Tulsa vs. Wright State
Tulsa's experience against tough opponents in Conference USA, coupled with its four scorers who average double-digit points per game, will give the Golden Hurricanes a huge victory on the road.
Predicted Score: Tulsa 67, Wright State 60
Richmond vs. Bryant
With Richmond's debacle against Charlotte fresh in the minds of college hoops fans and Bryant's statistical dominance in this matchup, it's tough to pick against the Bulldogs.
Predicted Score: Bryant 67, Richmond 62
Lehigh vs. Wyoming
C.J. McCollum. Remember him?
Well, he isn't playing in this game, but Holden Greiner's improved play and Gabe Knutson's reliability make Lehigh the favorite over a Wyoming team that stumbled down the stretch, losing 11 of its last 15 games.
Predicted Score: Lehigh 71, Wyoming 68
North Dakota State vs. Western Michigan
Shayne Whittington is a double-double waiting to happen, and he will lead a talented Western Michigan squad to a narrow home victory over North Dakota State.
Predicted Score: Western Michigan 64, North Dakota State 60