#1 Baylor vs. #4 Mississippi State
Sunday, March 18th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN
Baylor (19-14) hosts Mississippi State (23-11) for the second round of the NIT. The Bears were on fire against Wagner on Tuesday, showing no signs of the changed rules of the NIT effecting them. MSU beat Nebraska by 7 to advance to this game. The Bulldogs are led by Quinndary Weatherspoon, who averages 14.6 PPG. If the Bears get production from Manu Lecomte like they did on Tuesday, this game should be a victory for the Bears who would inch closer to a trip to New York.
#2 Oklahoma State vs. #3 Stanford
Monday, March 19th 6:00 PM CT, ESPNU
Oklahoma State (20-14) host Stanford (19-15). The Cowboys beat Florida Gulf Coast by 12 to advance, while the Cardinal defeated BYU in a close, 3 point game. This ought to be a close game, with Stanford’s leading scorer Reid Travis averaging 19.6 PPG and Jeffrey Carroll for Oklahoma State that averages 15.2 PPG. Cowboys’ home advantage gets them a narrow win.
74-72 Oklahoma State.
I’ll again be using the wheel to make my predictions. An explanation of that can be found in this previous preview.
#1 Kansas vs. #8 Seton Hall
Saturday, March 17th 6:10 PM CT, TBS
Kansas. Kansas. Kansas. Kansas. Kansas.
Kansas (28-7) wins big over Seton Hall (22-11).
#3 Texas Tech vs. #6 Florida
Saturday, March 17th 7:40 PM CT, TNT
Florida. Florida. Florida. Texas Tech. Florida.
The wheel says Florida (21-12) is going to win this game convincingly against Texas Tech (25-9).
#9 Kansas State vs. #16 UMBC
Sunday, March 18th 6:45 PM CT, TRUTV
KState. KState. KState. KState. KState.
The wheel is still going with Kansas State (23-11) over upset kings UMBC (25-10).
74-60 Kansas State.
#5 West Virginia vs. #13 Marshall
Sunday, March 18th 8:40 PM CT, TBS
West Virginia. West Virginia. Marshall. West Virginia. West Virginia.
The wheel thinks West Virginia (25-10) holds serve over Marshall (25-10).
74-66 West Virginia.