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Round of 64
If Marcus Sasser comes back for the Cougars for this game, they should have no problem against the Norse.
Iowa is the better offensive team but Auburn wins this game with their defense and gritty play.
Drake is a popular upset pick but Miami’s offense will carry them to a win.
Indiana has been up and down this season. Facing a tough Kent State team will mean their demise and a Golden Flashes win.
Pittsburgh will beat Mississippi State in Dayton and do the same to an overrated Iowa State team.
Xavier may have been overseeded as a number three seed but they will handle Kennesaw State, who makes their first ever tournament appearance in 2023.
Texas A&M and Penn State are both gritty teams that use that to win games. Both lost in their conference tournament finals. Texas A&M wins a close one.
Texas will defeat a high scoring Colgate team and set up a future SEC match up with old rival Texas A&M.
Round of 32
Houston will take care of an Auburn team that struggles to score.
Miami will end Kent State’s run in the NCAA Tournament.
Pittsburgh will upset Xavier, led by Jamarius Burton.
In a future SEC match up, Texas will win and head to Louisville.
Miami will upset Houston using a teriffic offensive attack.
Texas will end Pittsburgh’s run to the south regional while coach Rodney Terry proves he is valuable enough to be the permanent head coach.
Texas will return to the Final Four in 2003 after beating Miami.
Midwest Regional Champion: 2.Texas