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5 Teams You Definitely Need To Watch During The Opening Round Of The 2013 NCAA Tournament

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The big day is finally here! Today, the 2013 NCAA Tournament tips off a little after noon on the East Coast. And, the opening day action will end at approximately midnight tonight. Between noon and midnight, there will be a lot of basketball on. So much that you might actually be unable to watch all of it. We know, we know. You’ve got, like, six remotes, picture-in-picture, and every TV in your house set up in your living room. But, even with all of that, you’re still going to have trouble watching every minute of basketball being played today (and again tomorrow!). So, instead of trying to watch it all, how about just watching the teams that you need to see? These are the 5 Teams You Definitely Need To Watch During The Opening Round Of The 2013 NCAA Tournament. Some are sleepers who could make an impact later, others are favorites who could be tested early. So, don’t miss any of them. You’re welcome!

#1.

The Team: Pittsburgh

Who They’re Playing: Wichita State

When They’re Playing: Thursday at 1:40PM/EST

Why You Need To Watch Them: A lot of people think that Pitt could give No. 1 seed Gonzaga some trouble in the second round. But, in order to do it, they’re going to need to get by the Shockers first. If you are one of the people who took a shot and advanced the Panthers past the Zags in the second round, you’re going to want to make sure you keep your eyes on this game.

#2.

The Team: New Mexico

Who They’re Playing: Harvard

When They’re Playing: Thursday at 9:50PM/EST

Why You Need To Watch Them: Does New Mexico have a legitimate chance at making the Final Four this year? If you believe what the “experts” out there say, then yes. They’ve got a solid chance at making it to Atlanta. But, first, they need to win four games. They shouldn’t really be challenged by Harvard here. But, it’ll be interesting to see if they’ve let all the hype surrounding them go to their heads.

#3.

The Team: Davidson

Who They’re Playing: Marquette

When They’re Playing: Thursday at 3:10 PM/EST

Why You Need To Watch Them: Upset alert! Vegas set this line at just -4 in favor of Marquette. That means that, in reality, this wouldn’t even be that big of an upset. Davidson can shoot the lights out and, truth be told, Marquette hasn’t played all that well on the road this season. So, don’t be shocked if the Wildcats get a win, even though they’re a No. 14 seed.

#4.

The Team: VCU

Who They’re Playing: Akron

When They’re Playing: Thursday at 9:45 PM/EST

Why You Need To Watch Them: Like New Mexico, VCU is a popular pick to make it all the way to the Final Four this year. But, the problem with them is that they’re not going to sneak up on anybody like they have in the past. And, they’re going to have some pretty tough matchups that they’re going to have to win, starting with a game against Akron. If they are going to make a legitimate run to the Final Four, they need to win this game.

#5.

The Team: Miami

Who They’re Playing: Pacific

When They’re Playing: Friday at 2:10PM/EST

Why You Need To Watch Them: The Hurricanes could have been a No. 1 seed this year. But, the committee overlooked them in favor of Louisville, Kansas, Indiana, and Gonzaga. So, we fully expect them to come out with a chip on their shoulder. They can shoot. They can play solid D. And, they can get up and down the court. So, every single game they play in during the tournament should be exciting. Make sure you’re tuned in. Enjoy the games!

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