On a three-game losing streak as Cincinnati fell to Dayton in the NIT Tournament.

The Match-Up: North Carolina Tarheels(18-16) at UAB Blazers(25-8)..

Today’s match-up features a quarterfinal contest in the NIT tournament. The winner of this match-up will advance to New York for a chance to play for the NIT Championship. North Carolina(3-8 Road) has played a lot better recently. They defeated William&Mary in the opening round of the NIT tournament and then posted arguably their most impressive victory of the season, a road win at NCAA tournament snub, Mississippi State, 76-74. However, sophomore forward, Tyler Zeller was injured in that game and may not play today. Zeller(eye) has electrified the Tar Heels, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds over his last three contests.

UAB(14-3 Home) has been on cruise control so far in the NIT Tournament. They have posted impressive 15+ point victories over Coastal Carolina and North Carolina State. Junior forward, Elijah Millsap(16.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG), has been the catalyst in those victories.

UAB has played extremely well this season. They finished 3rd in Conference USA and are playing great basketball right now. With Zeller likely out, UNC should have a problem defending UAB’s front court of Milsap and Howard Crawford. (28 PPG, 14 RPG). UAB is a tough out at home and I like them to advance to New York.

The Pick: UAB Blazers (25-8)

March Record: 15-7

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