Butler (3-0) vs. #7 North Carolina (3-0) 12PM, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN2
I don't blame you if you think this game is just a blowout waiting to happen. But, a closer look should give you caution. Butler will be, by far, UNC's stiffest competition to date. What's more, the Bulldogs are actually pretty good, with an experienced lineup, and the Big East in general has been strong. Still, the Tar Heels are loaded with talent and should be able to escape with a W. Prediction: UNC 73, Butler 71.
Northeastern (4-0) vs. Massachusetts (4-1) 2PM, Amherst, MA
This is a sneaky good game. UMass has started the season strong, despite suffering its only loss to Notre Dame last week. Northeastern, from the Colonial, is undefeated, including a win at Florida State. Both teams will be ready for this New England battle. Prediction: UMass 68, N'eastern 66.
UCLA (4-0) vs. #24 Oklahoma (2-1) 2:30PM, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN2
This will be the first real test for the high-scoring Bruins. Oklahoma failed its first test when they lost at Creighton a week ago today. These are two high-powered offenses, so there should be some fun in the sun and a lot of points on the board. Prediction: Okla 84, UCLA 80.
Purdue (4-1) vs. BYU (3-1) 5PM, Lahaina, HI, ESPN2
This is an interesting under the radar game that could have ramifications later in the season. Both these teams have the look of solid teams that could vie for a spot in the dance. BYU looks to be in better shape at the moment, especially considering the league that Purdue plays in. However, besides their first half vs. Kansas State, the Boilermakers have looked good. Prediction: Purdue 72, BYU 70.
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