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(1) MICHIGAN STATE vs. (16) Long Island University _ The Blackbirds have dominated the Northeast Conference the last two seasons. The Spartans handle themselves pretty well in the Big Ten.

(8) MEMPHIS vs. (16) St. Louis _ The Tigers haven’t had a close game in their seven-game winning streak, and their depth should help against the Billikens’ solid defense.

(12) LONG BEACH STATE vs. (5) New Mexico _ The 49ers are a veteran team that played a tough nonconference schedule.

(4) LOUISVILLE vs. (13) Davidson _ The Cardinals won the Big East tournament and are finally healthy.

(11) COLORADO STATE vs. (6) Murray State _ The Rams have faced a lot of teams that like to shoot the 3 the way the Racers do, so defending Isaiah Canaan won’t be anything new.

(3) MARQUETTE vs. (14) Iona _ The Golden Eagles are still smarting over the quick exit in the Big East tournament, and Darius Johnson-Odom against Machado should be a great guard matchup.

(7) FLORIDA vs. (10) Virginia _ The Gators, despite losing key reserve forward Will Yeguete, have picked up their play lately, and coach Billy Donovan is usually pretty good at containing star players such as Mike Scott.

(2) MISSOURI vs. (15) Norfolk State _ The Tigers should make even passing the ball tough for the Spartans.


MICHIGAN STATE vs. Memphis _ The Spartans will try to make this a battle in the paint, and they usually win those.

LOUISVILLE vs. Long Beach State _ The Cardinals have several guards who can help defend standout point guard Casper Ware.

MARQUETTE vs. Colorado State _ Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder will cause problems inside and out for the Rams.

MISSOURI vs. Florida _ The Tigers can speed the game up even more than the Gators would like.


MICHIGAN STATE vs. Louisville _ Draymond Green will be tough for the Cardinals to handle underneath.

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