NCAA Bracket Preview, Predictions: UNC-Asheville vs. Arkansas-Little Rock

The NCAA Tournament's inaugural first-four play-in game pits Big South champions UNC-Asheville against Sun Belt winners Arkansas-Little Rock. You may remember UALR from Solomon Bozeman's game-winning three against North Texas that sent the Trojans to their first March Madness in decades, while Asheville's conference final win over Coastal Carolina was much more sedate.

Star Watch: Bozeman more than doubles the scoring output of any other Little Rock player. If you're not watching Bozeman, you're probably not even watching this game, but who could blame you? It's on truTV, and you have no idea what that is. Junior guard J.P. Primm leads Asheville with 4.6 assists and 14.4 points per game. 

Prediction: Asheville has been hot for a while now, winning six straight, while Little Rock went well over a month without a winning streak before tearing through the Sun Belt tourney. The Bulldogs have been slightly more consistent -- they'll move on to play Pitt.

More Reading: For more on all things mid-major, visit Mid Major Madness.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East RegionWest RegionSoutheast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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