With four experienced starters, stingy defense and a seasoned head coach, Miami is built for March.
East Carolina is on the east coast. And Friday night's California-East Carolina game is tipping at 11 ET. So the sleepy Pirates will struggle late and California will cover the 18.5 in Berkeley. Simple stuff.
North Carolina's Hall of Fame coach, Roy Williams, scheduled a game at Northern Iowa so that senior Marcus Paige could play a game near his hometown of Marion, Iowa. But a preseason injury means Paige won't be healthy enough to play -- though he might be recognized in some creative way.
SMU was the supposed frontrunner in the American, but what can we expect from a Mustangs team that's ineligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations?

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