South Florida 76 DePaul 74
South Florida, who finished the regular season with an overall mark of 14-13, came into the tournament as the 10th and pulled a mild upset over the 7th-seeded DePaul Blue Demons, who finished their season at 16-12.
The Bulls hot-shooting was too much for DePaul to overcome. South Florida shot 51% from the field and connected on 11 of 21 3-point attempts.
"I thought it was a good game," said DePaul head coach Dave Leitao following the game. "Both teams made a run but we just came up short. They were able to make a lot of jump shots. Our defense wasn't really as good as it has been during the regular season. They were able to get comfortable and that's what we've done I the past; take teams out of their comfort zone and they were able to make a lot of shots as a result."
South Florida had four players score in double figures, led by guard Reggie Kohn's 23. Andre Brown recorded a double-double in the loss with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
South Florida will now face the 2nd-seeded Memphis Tigers on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
Tulane 74 Houston 52
6th-seeded Tulane pulled away from the 11th-seeded Houston Cougars early and were never threatened.
The hot-shooting continued in the second contest of the day as Tulane shot 52% from the field. They hit 11 3-pointers in a game that was loosely officiated.
Tulane will face Louisville at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.