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No. 1 seed South Carolina vs. No. 16 Cal State Northridge

2:30 p.m. Sunday, (ESPN)

Key players: South Carolina shoots 48.2 percent from the field and holds opponents to 55 points. The Gamecocks are led by SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell (15.2 points). CSUN was 6-10 in nonconference play but finished on a four-game win streak to advance to NCAA tournament for the second time in program history. The Matadors are led by Big West player of the year Ashlee Guay (16.3 points).

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What to expect: It will be a defensive-minded game. South Carolina has a more athletic team and will use its size advantage to get physical in the paint and score.

Prediction: South Carolina 78, Cal State Northridge 50.

No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee State vs. No. 9 Oregon State

5 p.m. Sunday, (ESPN2)

Key players: Senior forward Ebony Rowe, the Conference USA player of the year, leads the Blue Raiders at 21.7 points and 11.7 rebounds. OSU has a more balanced offense with five players averaging nine points or more, led by freshman point guard Sydney Wiese (14.1).

What to expect: MTSU has made six consecutive NCAA appearances, never advancing past the first round. It will scrap with a bigger OSU lineup, featuring 6-foot-6 center Ruth Hamblin, that’s making its first tourney appearance since 1996.

Prediction: Oregon State 77, Middle Tennessee 70.

Jayda Evans

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