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BEST GAME: COLORADO STATE VS. MISSOURI
This should be the most physical game of the first two days. The Rams are the best rebounding team in college basketball, and have a hidden gem in 6-10 center Colton Iverson. Missouri meanwhile, has one of the more physically imposing front lines in the sport in Earnest Ross, Laurence Bowers, and Alex Oriakhi. If you love battles in the paint, you’ll love this matchup.
BEST BET FOR AN UPSET: OREGON OVER OKLAHOMA STATE
This isn’t an upset to those who follow college basketball; the Ducks were somehow given a 12-seed after winning the PAC-12 Tournament. The Cowboys had a terrific season, but got by far the toughest draw out of any five seed in the bracket. Keep an eye on Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi. The transfer from Rice averages close to a double-double, and has played center lately for Oregon when Dana Altman has opted to go with a smaller lineup.