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ESPN's Prediction For Today's Oklahoma-Ole Miss Game

A closeup of an Oklahoma cheerleader waving a pompom.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09: A cheerleader for the Oklahoma Sooners performs during their game against the Baylor Bears in the first round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A matchup of Big 12 and SEC powerhouses highlights the early slate of NCAA Tournament games today. No. 8 Oklahoma takes on No. 9 Ole Miss with a spot in the Round of 32 up for grabs.

The Sooners started the season 11-1 but almost immediately faded in the Big 12 title picture losses to Kansas and Texas Tech. Oklahoma finished the regular season with a 19-12 record and were narrowly beaten by West Virginia in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament. But after finishing the regular season with wins in four of their last six games, including a huge upset of Kansas, the Selection Committee simply couldn't keep the Sooners out.

The Rebels looked like one of the surprise up-and-comers in the SEC early in the season, starting 13-2 with a 3-0 record in the conference. But five losses in their next six games quickly exposed their weaknesses. Ole Miss finished the regular season at 20-11, but their last six games were all determined by five points or less, and against some of the top teams in the conference.

ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Oklahoma-Ole Miss game.

ESPN’s computer model believes that Oklahoma has a slight advantage in this game. The computer model gives the Sooners a 52.3 percent chance to win today's NCAA Tournament game.

Today's winner will face the winner of No. 1 Virginia and No. 16 Gardner-Webb in the Round of 32 on Sunday.

The game will be played at 12:40 p.m. EST on truTV.