First-round Sun Belt winners were (4) North Texas, (5) Middle Tennessee State, (6) South Alabama, (7) Denver and (9) Florida International, which withstood a furious second-half comeback by Louisiana-Lafayette to hold on and win by two points.
Chris, Sal, Jon and Steve each picked all five of these winners correctly.
Five others picked four of the five. Ed had a tough time here, getting only two correct. But nobody lost any semifinalists, which means everybody's still in this one.
The Sun Belt Standings after Round One:
The Sun Belt's second-round games aren't until Sunday, when top seeds Western Kentucky, Arkansas-Little Rock and Troy all join the field.
The semifinals will be held Monday, and the final is set for Tuesday, March 10.
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