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South Florida vs. Cincinnati, March 9th, 7PM
South Florida came up with the big upset so far in this tournament, beating Villanova yesterday, and they will look to continue the magic against 25th ranked Cincinnati. These two teams met back on January 12 with Cincinnati walking away with a 74-66 win.
Cincinnati has been playing pretty well as of late, going 3-1 against ranked opponents since the middle of February.
Prediction: It was nice to see South Florida get a win in the tournament, but I don't think that magic will continue against the Bearcats. South Florida is ranked 309th in the NCAA in points scored per game and Cincinnati should put this game away early.
West Virginia vs. Marquette, March 9th, 9PM
In the final game of the day, the Mountaineers of West Virginia will take on the Golden Eagles of Marquette. Marquette had a strong opening game, running away from Providence with a 87-66 win.
These two teams met up once early in the season on New Year's Day when the Golden Eagles came away with a 79-74 win. However, West Virginia is entering the tournament hot, winning their last three games with two of those wins coming against UConn and Louisville.
Prediction: I think the duo of Jimmy Butler and Darius Johnson-Odom, who are both averaging about 16 points a game, will be able to carry Marquette into the quarterfinals.