New Mexico (24-8) at California (16-15)
11:00 PM ESPN2
According to the odds, this is the closest NIT game of the night, as the Bears are favored by just 3 points. Despite everybody's love of the Pac-10, Cal defines mediocrity and doesn't deserve to be hosting a game tonight. When a home team is favored by only a couple points in postseason play, its basically an admission that the road team is more talented. Cal lost to the only other MWC team they've faced, Utah at home back in December. If Cal can't beat the Utes, they probably couldn't beat UNM outside of a monster 30+ night from Ryan Anderson.
Prediction: New Mexico
UAB (22-10) at VCU (24-7)
7:00 PM ESPN2
Both of these teams were considered bubble squads up until the final week of the season.. but apparently the NIT folks didn't think highly of either. This is only a 4-5 game and somehow teams like Nebraska and FSU were seeded higher. Despite a disappointing CAA Tournament loss, VCU is still a legitimately solid team in my eyes and shouldn't have trouble putting away UAB. I like the home team to win big, surpassing the 5.5 point spread.
Miami (17-15) at Tulsa (20-13)
What might be the most competitive game of the CBI's opening round, Miami (OH) heads to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricanes. I have little respect for anyone in the CUSA not named Memphis (like the above prediction), and I favor Miami here along with Utah against UTEP. The Redhawks started the season on fire, stunk it up in the middle, and then finished on a confident streak.. almost knocking off Kent State in the MAC Tournament.
Previous Game of the Night (Predictions, 102-60)
March 18th - Mt St Mary's vs Coppin State (2-1)
March 14th - Kansas vs Texas (2-1)
March 14th - St. Joseph's vs Temple (1-2)
March 13th - Ohio State vs Michigan State (2-1)
March 12th - Arizona State at USC (2-1)
March 12th - Syracuse vs Villanova (2-1)
March 11th - IUPUI at Oral Roberts (3-0)
March 10th - Gonzaga at San Diego (1-2)
March 9th - Florida at Kentucky (1-2)
March 8th - UNC at Duke (2-1)
March 5th - Tennessee at Florida (2-1)
March 4th - UNLV at New Mexico (3-0)
March 3rd - Texas Tech at Kansas (3-0)
March 2nd - Clemson at Maryland (1-2)