Why Houston can win: Besides for having Aubrey Coleman, the leading scorer in the nation, this Houston team has the cast around him to put up points in a hurry. Point guard Kelvin Lewis hits the 3-ball with consistency and if Maryland does not play defense they can find themselves needing a late rally. It will be tough for the Maryland Terapins to gain any moentum early playing so far from College Park, especially with their road woes this season.
Why Maryland can win: Greivis Vasquez is locked in this time of year. He lead the Terapins to a first round victory in last years NCAA Tournament, and after skipping out on the NBA draft, he's back to bring his team deep into the tournament. Maryland has beaten top teams like Duke, G-Tech, and Clemson so the Houston Cougars shouldn't be a surprise to them.