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ESPN Computer Predicts The 5 Closest NCAA Tournament Games Today

Ole Miss vs. Xavier at center court of the NCAA Tournament.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 19: Dee Davis #11 of the Xavier Musketeers moves the ball up court against Martavious Newby #1 of the Mississippi Rebels during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The second day of the NCAA Tournament is underway. We had a couple of close games yesterday, but ultimately not much madness.

That means we're probably in for a crazy Friday. Be on the lookout for upsets and games going down to the wire.

Don't forget, we've had some of the biggest upsets in recent tournament history (Lehigh-Duke 2012, Norfolk State-Missouri 2012, Duke-Mercer 2014, Michigan State-Middle Tennessee State 2016, Virginia-UMBC 2018) during the Friday session.

ESPN's BPI has released its predictions for all 16 games today. The computer predicts the point differential for each.

Here are the projected five closest games, according to the BPI:

  • Oklahoma (0.6-point favorite) over Ole Miss
  • VCU (1-point favorite) over UCF
  • Utah State (1.9-point favorite) over Washington
  • Cincinnati (2.5-point favorite) over Iowa
  • Wisconsin (4.3-point favorite) over Oregon

Iowa-Cincinnati is underway already, and Oklahoma and Ole Miss will begin shortly. VCU-UCF and Washington-Utah State are part of the late slate of games, while Oregon-Washington is a mid-afternoon tip.

You can watch the tournament today on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.