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Big 12 NIT and NCAA Round 2 Preview

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#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.

78-72 Baylor.

#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.

NCAA Tournament

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).

78-60 Kansas.

#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).

81-69 Florida.

#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.