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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011: Wednesday Play In Game Previews

It’s a full night of Gus Johnson and play in games tonight on TruTV, if you can find it. Yesterday, Clemson crushed UAB and UNC Asheville got by Arkanasa Little Rock to play their ways into the tournament. Today, the tournament will welcome its final two teams into the fray.

Tiny Alabama State takes on UT San Antonio in the first game tonight at 6:40 pm. The winner unfortunately gets Ohio State in the first round, but for these two teams just being there is probably the reward. Both were low seeds in small conference tournaments, so before last week no one would have predicted either of them would be here. UTSA is favored by 4 and amazingly is the only team in the the field of 68 who has not played another team from the field this season.

At 9:10pm USC takes on Virginia Commonwealth in a game where the Trojans are favored by 4.5. The player to watch in this game is USC forward Nikola Vucevic, who averaged over 17 points a game and over 10 rebounds a game. He’s got NBA size at 6-10, 260-pounds and could make himself a first round pick with a big showing in the tournament. The winner of the USC/VCU matchup will face sixth seeded Georgetown on Friday in Chicago.